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Add SSH to Bitbucket for Windows

If you have an account on, this article may help you

Ensure ssh is installed on your Windows by opening Powershell

Use the Get-Command ssh command to check the path of ssh

$ Get-Command ssh

CommandType     Name        Version    Source
-----------     ----        -------    ------
Application     ssh.exe    C:\Windows\System32\OpenSSH\ssh.exe

To configure Git to use the Windows version of OpenSSH, update the SSH command with git config, such as:

git config --global core.sshCommand C:/Windows/System32/OpenSSH/ssh.exe

Start the SSH agent

To allow git to use your SSH key, an SSH agent needs to be running on your device.

Git for Windows users

From a git bash terminal, check if the SSH agent is running using the ps -a | grep ssh-agent command. If the ssh-agent is already running, it should appear in the output, such as:

$ ps -a | grep ssh-agent
     3334       1    3334      20284  ?         197108 10:16:11 /usr/bin/ssh-agent

To start the agent:

eval $(ssh-agent)

Windows OpenSSH users

From a PowerShell, configure the SSH agent to start each time the device is started, use the Set-Service command:

Set-Service ssh-agent -StartupType Automatic

Then To start the agent:

Start-Service ssh-agent

To check if the SSH Agent is running use the Get-Service ssh-agent command

$ Get-Service ssh-agent

Status   Name               DisplayName
------   ----               -----------
Running  ssh-agent          OpenSSH Authentication Agent

Generate an SSH key pair

Generate the ssh key with the following:

cd ~/.ssh && ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 2048

It will ask you to enter the name of the key for example id_bitbucket_rsa

When prompted to Enter passphrase, you can either provide a password or leave the password empty. If you input a password, you will be prompted for this password each time SSH is used, such as using Git commands (git push, git pull, and git fetch).

Add the ssh key to your agent

cd ~/.ssh && ssh-add id_bitbucket_rsa

You may face an error

Permissions for 'id_bitbucket_rsa' are too open.
It is required that your private key files are NOT accessible by others.
This private key will be ignored.

The solution is by changing the permissions of the private key

  • Right click and choose Properties
  • Navigate to the Security tab and click Advanced.
  • Change the owner to you, disable inheritance and delete all permissions. Then grant yourself "Full control" and save the permissions.

Apply your ssh to your

To add an SSH key to your user account:

  • At, select your avatar (Your profile and settings) from the navigation bar at the top of the screen.

  • Under Settings, select Personal settings.

  • Under Security, select SSH keys.

  • Select Add the public pair of the generated key.

  • In the Add SSH key dialog, provide a Label to help you identify which key you are adding.


Pro tip: to copy the content of file to the clipboard use the following as an example

cd ~/.ssh && cat | clip

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