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This is a collection of common problems and resolutions related to authentication.


log.txt denotes SmartGit's log file which can be found in the Settings Directory.

While resolving authentication-related problems, it's recommended to disable Detect remote changes option in the Preferences, section Background Commands to prevent background operations spoiling the log file with too many problems.

An independently opened terminal/shell refers to a terminal/shell which has not been opened through SmartGit:

  • On Windows, you will usually just invoke cmd.exe from the Start-button.
  • On Linux/OSX, open a terminal

Error: Authentication failed for '...'

Step "Check Command"

Check log.txt for the exact command which fails and try to invoke the command from an independently opened terminal/shell.

  • If the command works there, continue with step "Check Git-Shell".
  • Otherwise, check whether the access URL is actually correct and your credentials are correct.

Step "Check Git-Shell"

Open a Git shell from within SmartGit: right-click the offending repository in the Branches view and invoke Open Git-Shell and try to invoke the command from this shell.

  • If the command works there
    • if you are on Windows, continue with step "Check Windows AutoRun"
    • otherwise, continue with step "Contact Support".
  • If the command does not work there
    • if you are on Windows, continue with step "Check Git Credential Manager".
    • continue with step "Check Environment Differences".

Step "Check Windows AutoRun"

Command Processor AutoRun scripts may interfere with SmartGit's authentication hook. Open the Windows registry and check whether for key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor the value AutoRun is configured.

  • If not configured, continue with step "Contact Support"
  • Otherwise, temporarily rename the AutoRun script to AutoRun~ and see whether authentication works now.

Step "Check Credential Manager"

If you are on Windows and SmartGit as well as command line Git client simply fails without asking you for a password,

  • open the Windows "Credential Manager", check for possible Git credentials there and get rid of them, then try again to pull/push (from command line)
  • If this still does not help, this may be due to a problem in the Git-Windows credential handling. You may check by temporarily disabling the system credential helper using following command:

    git config --global --unset credential.helper

    and invoke the pull/push again.

Step "Check Environment Differences"

Compare environment variables of the independently opened terminal/shell and the Git-Shell for possible differences

  • If this gives you a clue on what the problem is, please drop us some lines at [email protected]
  • If you can't figure out the reason, continue with step "Contact Support".

Step "Contact Support"

Send us a detailed description of the problem, including:

  • the problem resolutions you have already tried,
  • output of environment variables you have compared,
  • the log.txt file

to [email protected]

Error: Could not read from remote repository, GitLab: the project you were looking for could not be found

Step "Check GitLab Configuration"

Go to your GitLab server configuration page (or ask your administrator to do so) and make sure that you have been granted all necessary access rights. You may start off with granting all possible rights and step-by-step reduce rights as long as you can still pull and push to the offending repository.

  • If you can't get the access problem resolved, continue with step "Contact Support".

Error (Bitbucket): Server returned HTTP response code: 400 for URL:

Step "Check Bitbucket Configuration"

On the setup of the Bitbucket hosting provider, SmartGit has retrieved a "refresh" token which it is using subsequently to request short-lived "access" tokens. Under certain circumstances, this refresh token may become invalid. In this case, it will be necessary to recreate the hosting provider: go to the Preferences, section Hosting Provider, get rid of the Bitbucket hosting provider an re-Add the hosting provider.

  • If this still does not resolve your problem, continue with step "Contact Support".

SmartGit only stores one pair of credentials for a single domain (e.g.

Step "Check Credentials Helper"


  • SmartGit fails to access a repository on a domain for which you have another repository working;
  • and you actually have to use different credentials for both repositories

this might be caused by having configured a Git credential.helper (probably in your global .gitconfig or in the system-wide .gitconfig). To resolve, you may set useHttpPath option, see

Details on the interaction between SmartGit and Git's credential manager on Windows

If you have credential.helper=manager configured on Windows, Git will first invoke special code which tries to retrieve the password from the Windows Credential Manager.

  1. If the correct credentials are stored there, it's fine.
  2. If not, Windows will ask for credentials:
  3. If you will enter the correct credentials there, it's fine.
  4. If you will enter wrong credentials there, the dialog will show up again (back to step 2, this happens a couple of times).

    Up to this point SmartGit was not involved in the credentials prompt at all.

  5. If you cancel the dialog, Git will invoke the GIT_ASKPASS environment variable callback which is set by SmartGit.
  6. If the correct credentials are stored in SmartGit, they will be returned.
  7. Otherwise, SmartGit will show its own credentials dialog:
  8. If you will enter the correct credentials there, it's fine.
  9. If you will enter wrong credentials there, the dialog will show up again (back to step 7, this happens a couple of times).

    In either case, the credentials returned by SmartGit will be stored in the Windows Credentials Manager, too. Hence, subsequent requests for these credentials will be served directly from the Credentials Manager (step 1).


Debug logging: enable injector logging

To intercept Git credential prompts, SmartGit is "injecting" callback scripts. To enable debug logging for these scripts, perform following steps:

  • Add following line to, which is located in the settings directory:
  • Restart SmartGit
  • Retry the failing operation
  • Once the problem has occurred again, shutdown SmartGit
  • Backup all smartgit-http-* and smartgit-ssh-* files from the settings directory
  • Upon request from us, compress these files, include log.txt*-files and send them [email protected]
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