Migrating to a new computer

Hi all,

My hard drive died and I am in the need to re-install sourcetree in a new one.

Luckily I have access to a backup of the old HD. Would anyone please tell me how to import the settings from the backup? I would not want to re-add every single repository by hand (besides, I might not even remember them all, or have their details).

Thank you very much

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Hi Tom,

Please, have a look if you have ~/Library/Application Support/SourceTree/browser.plist and ~/Library/Application Support/SourceTree/hostingservices.plist firstly. This will restore the bookmarks and the hosting services in your hosting list in SourceTree.

On Windows the data you want is in %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Atlassian\SourceTree.

Secondly, you'll want to backup all your repositories and restore them to the exact same location afterwards. Even the username of the user needs to be the same as SourceTree uses absolute paths. For example if you had /Users/Steven/Documents/Repositories/ and there were repositories in there, then that's where they'll need to go to afterwards.

If you use SSH keys then you'd need the contents of ~/.ssh/ also. Please, have a look if you have created a ~/.ssh/config file. If so, please have a look if you have IdentityFile pointing to a different location from ~/.ssh/. In case you have that, make sure of copying the key-pair under that location.

In case you were using Keychain, you can export/import keys but not passwords. Just hit Cmd+Space and type "Keychain Access" and take a look at what you might need. For HTTPS you may need to re-enter and remember passwords for them to be put back in the keychain when you restore everything.

Kind regards,

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