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HomeBrew Git update always breaks SourceTree

SourceTree is a great product, but there's one thing that is really annoying. I have Git installed using HomeBrew. When I update Git (because of a brew update), the next time I start SourceTree, I get the following error:

Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 3.50.13 PM.pngSourceTree suddenly has no clue where my System Git is installed. This problem is probably caused by the fact that Homebrew uses symbolic links in /usr/local/bin that point to Git versions in the Cellar folder. 

Now every time Git is updated (which is quite often), I have to click away a few error dialogs and go to Preferences and reselect my System Git location.

It would be great if SourceTree could be a bit smarter in handling HomeBrew Git installations.

Thank you.

3 answers

Please fix this bug, it should be pretty straightforward. 🙏

I've been using SourceTree and Homebrew for years. Every time I run `brew upgrade`, I see a ton of errors in SourceTree and this is very demotivating. Steps to mitigate the errors are time-consuming and pretty dull – I have to open SourceTree Preferences, go to 'git' tab, press 'Use System Git', press 'OK', press 'Use System git-lfs`, press 'OK', close preferences and finally hit cmd+R in every opened SourceTree window. Doing so is necessary every couple of weeks, with every new git update coming from Homebrew.

As a developer who's primary IDE is VSCode, I'm beginning to think of using it as my git client every time error modals in SourceTree are thrown in my face 😞

I figured out a manual but hopefully permanent fix.

If you manually edit the com.torusknot.SourceTreeNotMAS.plist file under ~/Library/Preferences/com.torusknot.SourceTreeNotMAS.plist.

set the gitCustomPath key to


this will make it resolve properly on startup 


I believe the issue comes from the file selector and not something internal in sourcetree.

I've got this problem, too. In my opinion SourceTree should be able to follow the symlink from /usr/local/bin/git

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