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"This is not a valid source path / URL" when connecting directly from Bitbucket

A colleague set up a repository on Bitbucket and invited me to join. I've never used Bitbucket before, but registered and was able to view the project pages and source.

I followed the link to download SourceTree (on Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1), went through the setup wizard, and installed the internal Git and Mercurial packages. Now I'm clicking the SourceTree link directly in the Bitbucket page, but SourceTree states ""This is not a valid source path / URL" in the clone repository dialogue. There is a "Details" button next to the message, which simply produces an empty dialogue box.

This also happens if I browse in the "Hosted Repositories" dialogue. How can the path be invalid, if it's directly produced by the Bitbucket website or the SourceTree browsing process? What do I do next?

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Thanks for the reply. Although not strictly a version issue, the first link provided some help. When SourceTree started for the first time, I skipped setting up Git & Mercurial in the wizard. Then I reran the wizard and chose to download and install the embedded packages. But it seems installing those didn't actually enable them - in the Tools -> Options dialogue they were both disabled! Enabling Mercurial allowed the clone dialogue to correctly identify the repo.

Shouldn't they have been enabled after installing the embedded packages through the wizard?

I couldn't agree more. Specially when there is no instruction to tell you to enable it. This should be done automatically or at least the help icon should tell you to check this.

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Thanks, in my case i had external git so I switch to 'use system git' - version of git shows up, dialog "this is not valid source path" disapear and finally i can clone repo.

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Thank you for your reply!!
I updated both embedded stuff (Mercurial and Git) and it finally worked!! :-)

Thanks again and have a great day y'all ;-) B-)

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Does anyone have an answer for this for Mac users that don't have a "Tools" option in the menu bar?

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I have SourceTree 2.6.10. I got the same error message. Based on the information in this thread, I went into Options/Git/Git Version and downloaded an embedded version. This fixed the problem for me.

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@augustbelhumeur I'm sure you've found this by now, but for anyone else with a Mac, go to

  • Sourcetree > Preferences > Git > Git Version
  • Click "Use System Git" (via @marcin-sumologic 's response above)

At this point I was prompted to enter my system password twice to update my keychain password, and then this fixed the issue for me and I was able to pull code.

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This worked for me

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Thank you for this answer. This helped and following resolved the issue:

Tools -> Options -> Git -> Git Version -> Click on "Embedded".

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Thank You Avanika Gupta!! 
Only the "Embedded" button solved my problem on Windows!

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I'm on Windows, changing it to 'Embedded' did it for me. 

It works for me after updating Git version.


I have solved this one on Win 7 by going to

Tools -> Options -> Mercurial -> Update Embedded Mercurial

This helped! Thank you! 

We had also same issue "This is not a valid source path / URL "and it got resolved by updating the Embedded Git of Source Tree.

Steps to resolve:

Open source tree, Tools -> Options -> Click on Git Tab -> Update Embedded Git.



Deleted user Sep 21, 2017

Hai Jagdish , 

i was a newbieee at using the source tree and bitbucket , followed ur solution it worked perfectly fine .

thanks for the info .

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Updating Embedded Git worked for me after restarting Source Tree, thanks

Thank you so much, it worked like a charm!

This worked for me in Win 10. I had old version of SourceTree 1.9.13 I uninstalled this version and downloaded 3.1.2. Once I did the Update Embedded Git it worked.

Thank you! This worked perfectly, only wish I had found your answer sooner! (URL has been removed)

It works perfectly. Thank you!

After restart it worked fine for me. Thank you

You totally saved my life. Many thanks !!!

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Thank you thank you thank you

I had the same issue "This is not a valid source path / URL "and it got resolved by updating the Embedded Git of Source Tree. I also got an error when trying to push (third party error ... setup password and username... to many failed password attempts...) and this solved that too.

Open source tree, Tools -> Options -> Click on Git Tab -> Update Embedded Git.

Worked for me.

I am not able to resolve this error even after clicking on update embedded.

when i click on update embedded it downloads files, exract and after that i get option to select wincred, after selecting it the problem of invalid source path comes up. in the details it shows authentication failed. I tried to login with CAPTCHA into bitbucket but it is not resolved. Please help me to solve this ASAP.

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For those, who might be using Sourcetree, please go to tools --> options --> authentication, click on the initials of your name, click manage and refresh the OAuth token once.

Then try cloning the repository again.

I am just a newbie but I was able to clone a bitbucket repository like this.


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For Mac users

Go to application preferences and select the Git tab. Then click reset on all three buttons for Embedded Git, Git-Flow and Git LFS and that should do the trick.


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Thanks! This worked for me! ;)

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Tools -> option -> Network -> Check "Add proxy server configuration to Git/Mercurial". Hope this helps someone.

thanks you. i clone successfully

Yeah... this worked for me! Thanks

For me it was version conflict between the GIT Client & GIT-System-Installation , I ended up using the Embedded GIT (instead of System GIT), which resolved the issue.


To do so go to: Tools -> Options -> Git (tab) -> "Use Embedded Git" button.



Works for me. Thanks.

This works for me on MAC also. Thanks.

For me it was the other option, using

 Tools -> Options -> Git (tab) -> "System" button.

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Tools -> Options -> Git (tab) -> Embedded

and then Tools -> Options -> Git (tab) -> Update Embedded

worked for me.  Thanks a lot!

I am not able to solve this error.I still get invalid source path. can anyone help me??

After setting everything to Embedded Git. I was still getting the same error, to solve this, I just ran the software as admin. 

i am also having same error pls help

I had this same issue on a Mercurial repository after a password change in Bitbucket, I tried the solutions above, but I was still having issues. 

The solution for me was to first update SourceTree and then update Embedded Mercurial.

  1. Tools > Options > Updates > Check For Updates and Update
  2. Update and Restart
  3. Tools > Options > Mercurial - Under Mercurial Version click Update Embedded, note the update to the Embedded Mercurial version number.  

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Thanks for the suggestion it helped. Also, I had to Update Embedded for Git as well.

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KieranA Rising Star Dec 11, 2013

Hey Andrew,

I've filed an issue on JAC here for you:

The problem seems to be that neither the VCS required not being installed / utilised by SourceTree leads to a completely empty error message. We could be more helpful and say that a Git/Hg install couldn't be found with further help on how to set them up (i.e. "Would you like to set Git/Hg up now?") and take them through that process again.


Thanks Kieran. Filling in the error box would definitely help - users just need to be prompted to enable the embedded plugins if they've installed but not enabled them.

you probably made a mistake in the password verify your account

Update Git and Mercurial versions by clicking on Embedded in Git & Mercurial Tab.(If Embedded option is enable it means it is not updated)SourceTreeIssue.png

first check if you have git installed on your computer :#

In my experience a common mistake using your bitbucket email instead of the username.
This will cause sourcetree to report an invalid url, at least for basic authentication. 
One should use the username registered in the bitbucket (can be found under profile)
I think that the reason for such confusion is that the website, allows to use email as username, whereas the sourcetree application expects the actual username.

I have face the same problem. Just check in tools->options->git tab-> select system git instead of embedded git. Then try to check http url.

Did Git Version - > Update Embedded, but didn't work. To make mine work, I had to do:

Tools -> Network -> Uncheck "Add proxy server configuration to Git/Mercurial". Hope this helps someone.

I preffer System Git, so it's always up to date not having a problem like this.

Below steps I followed to fixed the issue.


go to -> Tools -> Options -> Network -> Security Protocol Settings -> checked Enable TLS 1.2 option.


and retry cloning.

Try Embedded Git.

My issue was that I had cygwin installed and the path was set so that cygwin binaries would execute first. The invalid path contained `/cydrive/c/` which should tell you why the invalid path occurred. Not sure if SourceTree needs to use explicit paths all throughout when it is not using Embedded Git. 

I'm reluctant to use SourceTree with all the usability issues and bugs, but I must since we have Bitbucket Server as our repository. :(

I just got this issue checking out SourceTree for a collegue (usually just use cmd line git). Kind of an embarrassing way to start things off!

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