git push version-control

Unable to Git-push master to Github – ‘origin’ does not appear to be a git repository / permission denied


This question is related to my problem in understanding rebase, branch and merge,
and to the problem

How can you commit to your github account as you have a teamMate in your remote list?

I found out that other people have had the same problem.
The problem seems to be related to /etc/xinet.d/.

Problem: unable to push my local branch to my master branch at Github

I run

git push origin master

I get

fatal: 'origin' does not appear to be a git repository
fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly

The error message suggests me that the branch ‘origin’ is not in my local git repository. This way, Git stops connecting to Github.

This is strange, since I have not removed the branch ‘origin’.

My git tree is

* master

How can you push your local branch to Github, while you have a teamMate’s branch in your local Git?

VonC’s answer solves the main problem.
I put a passphares to my ssh keys.

I run

$git push github master     

I get

Permission denied (publickey).
fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly

It seems that I need to give the passphrase for Git somehow.

How can you make Github ask for your passphrase rather than relying on the ssh key?


  • Just updated my answer. Ssh parameters are not all. and github.user are important too

    – VonC

    May 28, 2009 at 20:15

  • Updated my answer again, with some more ssh configuration checks

    – VonC

    May 29, 2009 at 4:08

  • “Permission denied (publickey).” actually means that you tried to login using your publickey, and permission was denied, rather than not being allowed access to your publickey.

    Oct 6, 2009 at 22:38

  • My problem was a different ssh key from a different system. I uploaded the other key and all was fine. I found it out with the ssh -v [email protected] trick.

    – nalply

    Aug 20, 2010 at 14:30


What does

$ git config --get-regexp '^(remote|branch)\.'

returns (executed within your git repository) ?

Origin is just a default naming convention for referring to a remote Git repository.

If it does not refer to GitHub (but rather a path to your teammate repository, path which may no longer be valid or available), just add another origin, like in this Bloggitation entry

$ git remote add origin2 [email protected]:myLogin/myProject.git
$ git push origin2 master

(I would actually use the name ‘github’ rather than ‘origin’ or ‘origin2’)

Permission denied (publickey).
fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly

Check if your gitHub identity is correctly declared in your local Git repository, as mentioned in the GitHub Help guide. (both and — and github.token)

Then, stonean blog suggests (as does Marcio Garcia):

$ cd ~/.ssh
$ ssh-add id_rsa

Aral Balkan adds: create a config file

The solution was to create a config file under ~/.ssh/ as outlined at the bottom of the OS X section of this page.

Here’s the file I added, as per the instructions on the page, and my pushes started working again:

User git
Port 22
IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa
TCPKeepAlive yes
IdentitiesOnly yes

You can also post the result of

ssh -v [email protected]

to have more information as to why GitHub ssh connection rejects you.

Check also you did enter correctly your public key (it needs to end with ‘==‘).
Do not paste your private key, but your public one. A public key would look something like:

ssh-rsa AAAAB3<big string here>== [email protected] 

(Note: did you use a passphrase for your ssh keys ? It would be easier without a passphrase)

Check also the url used when pushing ([email protected]/..., not git://

Check that you do have a SSH Agent to use and cache your key.

Try this:

 $ ssh -i path/to/public/key [email protected]

If that works, then it means your key is not being sent to GitHub by your ssh client.


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    too bad i can’t vote you more than once! I had this problem twice in two weeks and after i google it each time i found this SO post. THANKS! 🙂

    Aug 17, 2010 at 17:38

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    I was wrestling with this – I’d changed all the git config, but ssh-add was the step I was missing – thanks so much!

    – metadaddy

    Apr 15, 2011 at 17:12

  • It was just a tiny suggestion in the context of this great answer – but I love the bit about renaming “Origin” to “GitHub” (or servername) it really helps with conceptualizing where you’re sending things.

    – Alex C

    Jun 23, 2011 at 18:20

  • This worked for me too. If you follow the instructions on github it’s not immediately obvious what origin is.

    – nick

    Aug 27, 2011 at 19:27

  • follow to the end – it helped me. Permission denied (publickey). – means you did set up a ssh key for you git on you local machine. ssh-keygen -t rsa -C “[email protected]

    Jan 9, 2012 at 1:45


This is a problem with your remote. When you do git push origin master, origin is the remote and master is the branch you’re pushing.

When you do this:

git remote

I bet the list does not include origin. To re-add the origin remote:

git remote add origin [email protected]:your_github_username/your_github_app.git

Or, if it exists but is formatted incorrectly:

git remote rm origin
git remote add origin [email protected]:your_github_username/your_github_app.git


    VonC’s answer is best, but the part that worked for me was super simple and is kind of buried among a lot of other possible answers. If you are like me, you ran into this issue while running a “getting started with rails” tutorial and you had NOT setup your public/private SSH keys.

    If so, try this:

    1. $>cd ~/.ssh

    2. $>ls

    3. If the output of ls is known_hosts and nothing else, visit: and start following the instructions from the “Generating a key” section and down.

    After running those instructions, my “git push origin master” command worked.


    • i was just looking for this page. thans a lot! =D

      – Hugo Mota

      Sep 22, 2010 at 22:12

    • It solved my problem. My OS is Mac OS X, and I was following “Ruby on Rails 3 Tutorial” book, and I got stuck at section 1.3.4 when I needed to do a git push origin master. It was my first time setting up Git and Rails. Hopefully, this helped other people.

      – sivabudh

      Feb 16, 2011 at 6:38