I have multiple private git accounts set up with SSH system's keychain authentication for each git repo.

It works to clone private git repos from command line:

git clone git@git_ssh_alias:git-account/some_repo.git

The git_ssh_alias is the alias name declared in .ssh/config file that specifies the SSH key that should be used.

However, this same clone doesn't work when running from make file via Drush script as following.

From Make file:

projects[theme_name][type] = "theme"
projects[theme_name][version] = 7.x-1.0
projects[theme_name][download][type] = "git"
projects[theme_name][download][url] = "git@git_ssh_alias:git-account/some_repo.git"
projects[theme_name][download][branch] = "master"

From Drush script:

drush_invoke_process('@self', 'make', array($make_file), $options)

where $make_file is a path to a make file and options are:

$options = array();
$options['no-core'] = TRUE;
$options['yes'] = TRUE;
$options['contrib-destination'] = 'sites/all';

My question: How to clone private git repo with local ssh keychain authentication enabled?

  • I would have expected it to work like you describe... You could try the gitcloneparams option. Mar 2, 2014 at 18:55
  • Could it be, you are drush as a different user -- not as the one you use to test git from command line?
    – Mikhail T.
    Oct 1, 2014 at 20:03
  • Verify you're using the right RSA keys by ssh-add -l. If you've multiple keys, use only one.
    – kenorb
    Nov 25, 2015 at 13:33

1 Answer 1


Using modules and not theme_name may resolve this.

projects[modules][type] = modules
projects[modules][download][type] = git
projects[modules][download][url] = [email protected]:company/repo.git
projects[modules][download][branch] = master

Here are a couple of useful links:

https://groups.drupal.org/node/194303#comment-918073 http://www.systemseed.com/blog/drush-make-private-git-repository-github

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