I created a repository on my local machine. I tried to push it to github git push origin master I added the remote repository. git remote add origin git@github.com:.... .git But when I push to the repository it gives an error

git@github.com: Permission denied (publickey).
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.
Please make sure you have the correct access rights
and the repository exists.

Error Message screenshot

  • I removed all the ssh keys from github
  • This is a private repository
  • I removed all the ssh keys from github Aug 12, 2018 at 16:58

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You're trying to push via ssh. Missing pub key on the remote or missing private key in the ~/.ssh dir will result in an error. Try using the https protocol. git remote add origin https://github.com/{username}/{repo}.git, then push as usual. Good luck! :)

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    didn't see you already answered yout question. :D Glad u figured it out. Aug 12, 2018 at 17:47
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    @Vinay666 Upvoting a question means “This question shows research effort; it is useful and clear”. I'm not sure which of these attributes applies to yours. However. Talking someone into upvoting a question isn't considered best practice here, especially if you neither upvoted the answer yourself nor accepted it.
    – PerlDuck
    Aug 12, 2018 at 18:01
  • I figured it out myself and I posted the answer but it says "you can accept your answer in 2 days" imgur.com/a/rSrexHD Aug 13, 2018 at 4:30

The thing is I am behind our institute proxy server(HTTP proxy server - IIT KGP). Which does not allow git protocol.I changed git remote add origin git@github.com:.... .git to git remote https://github.com/......git and it worked.Thanks to our institute proxy I am able to post a question and answer on ask ubuntu.

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