Wow I’m rusty on Windows hacking. I’ve spent so much time on my Mac writing Rails / Obj-C that when I tried to Git clone from GitHub to get a PC at home set up I got the dreaded No supported authentication methods available. error message.

So the error message is pretty descriptive.  I was thinking it had something to do with my ~/.ssh keys so I checked my keypairs in PuTTy and on Github. I even went so far as to regenerate a new keypair. There were a few things wrong so I’ll run down the gamut.

  1. Check your keypair on Github.  Make sure it’s still there and functional.
  2. If you’re using the GitUI for Windows. Uninstall and re-install and make sure that you select Use Plink during the install process.
  3. Add your key to Paegent.  This is where I messed up.  I’m so used to OpenSSH on my Mac that I forgot that not only do you need Paegent RUNNING but you also need to add your key to it.

Hopefully that will give you some things to check out if you run into this error.  If not, leave a comment I’m pretty well versed in all things SSH related on Linux/Mac/Windows (well maybe I’m little rusty with Windows).

Happy coding!

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