Can’t Enter Ssh Passphrase Into Git Bash

Shell Programming

Have you ever encountered the frustrating scenario where you can’t enter your SSH passphrase into Git Bash? If so, you’re not alone. I’ve faced this issue myself, and I understand the inconvenience it can cause. Let’s explore some possible reasons for this problem and discuss potential solutions.

Possible Causes

There are a few reasons why you might be unable to enter your SSH passphrase into Git Bash. One common reason is that the SSH agent isn’t running, meaning that Git Bash can’t access the SSH key’s passphrase. Another possibility is that the SSH key isn’t added to the SSH agent, or it’s added with the wrong file path.


If you’re facing this issue, here are a few troubleshooting steps you can take:

  1. First, make sure that the SSH agent is running. You can start the SSH agent by running the command eval $(ssh-agent). This command launches the SSH agent and prints some environment variables.
  2. If the SSH agent is running, ensure that your SSH key is added to the agent. You can add your SSH key by using the command ssh-add /path/to/your/private/key. Make sure to replace /path/to/your/private/key with the actual file path of your SSH key.
  3. Check if the SSH key has the correct file permissions. Incorrect file permissions can prevent Git Bash from accessing the SSH key. You can use the command ls -al ~/.ssh to view the permissions of your SSH key files.
  4. If none of the above solutions work, it’s possible that there’s an issue with the SSH key itself. Consider generating a new SSH key and adding it to the SSH agent to see if that resolves the problem.


Encountering difficulties when trying to enter your SSH passphrase into Git Bash can be frustrating, but with some troubleshooting and patience, it’s usually possible to resolve the issue. By following the steps outlined above, you can work towards resolving the problem and regain seamless access to your SSH key in Git Bash.