Git clone returning a “Repository not found” error on a private repo

I ran into this problem today where I was trying to clone a repo that I owned.

When I got the “Repository not found” I Googled it to find the following answers:

  • Your account doesn’t have access (it did)
  • Typo (nope, I copied and pasted)
  • The repo doesn’t exist (nope, see the second bullet)

I was dumbfounded. I was about to contact Github support when I saw an update in an article where someone had the same problem.

Under the repo address there is an option for HTTPS. It turns out when you are using a private repo you may need to grab the HTTPS address instead of the GIT one.

Hopefully this helps.

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