“403 Forbidden” Error Message When Pushing to a GitHub Repository

There are two main causes for a “403 Forbidden” error message when attempting to push amendments to a GitHub repository. The first is relatively simple to resolve and simply involves checking to ensure your GitHub password is correct.

If the error persists, it is likely that you have to use a different HTTPS address in your Git client. For this error, you will not even be prompted to enter a password, making it simpler to diagnose.

Rectifying the “403 Forbidden” Error Message

There are two methods to fix the HTTPS address to resolve the 403 error in question;

  • Method 1. Use SSH to push the changes to GitHub. First, connect to your hosting server via SSH then follow the instructions Github provides to add a remote repository.
  • Method 2. You can also directly modify the HTTPS address via SSH. Once logged in, use the ”git remote set-url origin “https://github-username@github.com/github-username/github-repository-name.git” instruction.

Replace “github-username” and “github-repository-name” with your own GitHub information.

Once this is done, you should be able to push changes to the repository with no further errors.


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