CrazySynthax CrazySynthax - 1 year ago 353
Git Question

BitBucket: Host key authentication failed

I want to clone a remote repository to my local machine. I used the command:

git clone<username>/<repo_name>.git

and I got the message:

The authenticity of host ' (' can't be
established. RSA key fingerprint is
SHA256:****. Are you sure you
want to continue connecting (yes/no)? Host key verification failed.
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Please make sure you have the correct access rights and the repository

I just want to mention that I already took care of the ssh issues. I generated an ssh key by the command '
' and I copied the contents of
Bitbucket Settings -> SSH keys
(according to this link:

I also looked at my "user and group access" and I saw this:

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Can you advise me what to do?

Answer Source

The message says

Host key verification failed.

nothing about authentication, so you are working on the wrong field. It means that the host key of the is not in your ~/.ssh/known_hosts and your client does not have any way how to verify it. It was answered many times how to workaround it, but how to do it properly?

There is section in the bitbucket manuals, describing how their public keys and fingerprint looks like. So:

  1. Run ssh
  2. It will prompt you with one of the fingerprints:

    The authenticity of host ' (' can't be established.
    RSA key fingerprint is SHA256:*****.
    Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)?
  3. You verify the fingerprint in the prompt is the same as on the bitbucket website:

    SHA256:zzXQOXSRBEiUtuE8AikJYKwbHaxvSc0ojez9YXaGp1A (RSA)
  4. You write yes and press enter to verify the connection works.

Or just copy the public key from the bitbucket website directly in the ~/.ssh/known_hosts file

echo ", ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAABIwAAAQEAubiN81eDcafrgMeLzaFPsw2kNvEcqTKl/VqLat/MaB33pZy0y3rJZtnqwR2qOOvbwKZYKiEO1O6VqNEBxKvJJelCq0dTXWT5pbO2gDXC6h6QDXCaHo6pOHGPUy+YBaGQRGuSusMEASYiWunYN0vCAI8QaXnWMXNMdFP3jHAJH0eDsoiGnLPBlBp4TNm6rYI74nMzgz3B9IikW4WVK+dc8KZJZWYjAuORU3jc1c/NPskD2ASinf8v3xnfXeukU0sJ5N6m5E8VLjObPEO+mN2t/FZTMZLiFqPWc/ALSqnMnnhwrNi2rbfg/rd/IpL8Le3pSBne8+seeFVBoGqzHM9yXw==" >> ~/.ssh/known_hosts

if nothing from the above helps, please run ssh -vvv and post the output to the edited question.

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