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How to rename or move a file with SourceTree

Nathan Huizinga Jul 15, 2013

How can I rename or move a file using sourcetree with a git repository?

I can see the "Move..." menu entry in the Actions menu, but it's greyed out.

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Nathan Huizinga Aug 04, 2013

Copy / Move is not supported explicitly yet, but the simple answer for the moment is just to rename outside of SourceTree and use the Add/remove button on the toolbar instead.

See this link for the details.

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Andrea Gibellini Jun 06, 2016

Any news about the "move" command ?

With the v1.8.3.0 it still does not work.

Pysis Aug 04, 2016


Brandon Poe Sep 12, 2016

This is ridiculous... how can a tool like this go so long without a working move command?

Filippo Bollini Oct 24, 2016

It looks like has been closed as duplicate of , which in turn has been closed as "obsolete". Maybe Atlassian need us to open a new (identical) issue for this?

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Hi Nathan,

If the menu option is greyed out then it's usually because the file doesn't exist in the file system. You could have clicked on a line in the log, selected the file and tried to move/rename, but we detect whether the file exists or not. Otherwise, renaming/moving an non-existent file would do nothing.

Check if that file exists in the file system.


Nathan Huizinga Jul 15, 2013

Hi Kieran,

Thanks for the swift response!

The file is an existing file and already part of the git repository. I can see it when selecting the "Show Clean" or "Show All" and it shows up in the File Status list (with a green tick icon in front of it).

So it's there. Right clicking on the file gives me a context menu without the possibility to rename/move the file. But when I look in the "Actions" menu can I see the "Move..." action, but greyed out.


Strange. Could you raise a JIRA ticket over at listing all of the details possible, i.e. location of the file(s) that won't move along with some "ls" output from the terminal to show those files in existence just to make sure we've got all of the details necessary. The project on JIRA is SRCTREE for Mac and SRCTREEWIN for Windows. You can link it back here so I can see it unless you assign it to me.


Thanks Nathan. This will be looked into early next week. In the meantime you may be able to right click on the file instead?

Nathan Huizinga Jul 15, 2013

Hi Kieran,

The right-click context menu does not contain any move or rename entry. I've updated the bug report and added a 3rd screen shot.


Great, thanks for that Nathan. Right click should usually include it, in the meantime unfortunately you'll have to use the git mv command which is very easy anyhow.

Thanks for the added info.

Andrea Gibellini Jun 09, 2016

I can confirm that the file exist in the file system as told from Nathan

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