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How do you clone a repository from Bit Bucket server using a personal access token?

How do you clone a repository on bit bucket server over https using personal access tokens?

I have tried using x-token-auth but i think that is only for bit bucket cloud.



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Mark A_ Atlassian Team Mar 16, 2018

Hey @John Lawlor

It looks like you were able to get this answered via Support Request, but I would like to post that answer and info for others as well. 

Here is an example curl call from our personal access tokens page for Bitbucket Server:

curl -H "Authorization: Bearer MDM0MjM5NDc2MDxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" 

Note that this is only supported via the REST API over Basic Auth (HTTPS) and cannot be used in the Git client.



Hi Mark,

Thanks for your reply. I have used the personal access tokens before with curl but what I was looking for was a method to clone a repository:

git clone https://x-token-auth:{access_token}

It looks like this is only supported in Bitbucket Cloud, not Bitbucket server. 



When using a personal access token you need to supply your Bitbucket Server username in your git command. I couldn't find this documented anywhere by Atlassian.

git clone https://{username}:{access_token}
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git clone https://{username}:{access_token} if I pass the username like '' and access_token will be something like this 'Basic XXXXXXX'. Then I am getting an error.

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I don't know for sure but I'm guessing that you'll need to use the user slug rather than username. That means you'll need either just the "user" bit or the whole thing but with the special character ("@") encoded, probably something like ""

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