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SourceTree Login failed for your Bitbucket account. The remote service said: 'Login error'

I tried to login to Bitbucket from Sourcetree and seem to be getting the same Login Error message:

Login failed for your Bitbucket account.

The remote service said: 'Login error'


How could I go about fixing this?

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I had this problem.  To fix:

1-go to source tree window, clicked remote

2-little gear icon, clicked "settings"

3-double clicked on Bitbucket server, changed protocol from default HTTPS to SSH


that's all it took to fix

Thank you! This fix it!

Thanks much. Worked for me also.

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this works! thank you!

Excellent!!! This solution works perfectly!!!

After many hours of fumbling around, removing the passwd file was the fix that finally worked for me, detailed here:

Hi Eli - what do you mean by "remote" as I don't see it in my Source tree

I was able to get it working by following the steps below (Windows 8 OS)

  1. Click on Clone / New
  2. Select the browser icon to load the source path (you will get the error)
  3. Click on Edit Accounts (upper right)
  4. select your account (mine was listed)
  5. click edit (it will ask for your password) and load another form where you can change your preferred protocol to SSH.
  6. Note that your username should be Bitbucket username and not email

Hope this helps



fuck this half baked company with their half baked products

im uninstalling all their shit

and selling all their stocks

gonna use github instead

You are right

Mac OSX 10.13.3 same issue - am entering correct Bitbucket server base url, username and password and am getting Login erro all the time... what a waste of time... I have SSH private key added to my key manager.

I just downloaded the latest SourceTree (funny - it doesn't even allow you to look up version before authentication - what a nonsense!). Have an older version on another machine and it's still working. Wasting more and more time with Atlassian products = starting to decrease my productivity significantly.

Hey, I'm having the same problem!

Just upgraded to SourceTree 3.2 (224) and started having this shit issue.

Don't know what to do! annoying!!!

Please assist..

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On windows the fix for me was to go to C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Atlassian\SourceTree and remove the passwd file.

I removed the password file on the equiv. mac directory (~/Library/Application Support/SourceTree) and it didn't help. So annoying! going to stop using Sourcetree, too many bugs!!!

EDIT: After wasting a couple of hours on this, it worked after I changed to SSH and created a KEY + uploaded it to bitbucket. This BUG shouldn't have happened in the first place.

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The SSH thing didn't hold up for long, I don't know if it is related to bugs in bitbucket (which made my SSL key disappear after a couple of days)

Bottom line, I converted the repository back to HTTPS and found the line that fixed my constant password-asking issue:

1. git config credential.helper store
2. git push
3. Enter user/pass for one time

Also, I had to change GIT preferences to use System GIT and not the embedded buggy one.

That's it. Fixed it, Sourcetree is not nagging again about bitbucket password.
If (2) is not displaying a username/password query, then credentials must be deleted somehow before doing the same scenario again.

Hope it helps someone.

Stupid bug.

Thanks. This solution worked for me. I used to use the delete password file in app data and that stopped working. 

1. Open the SourceTree App from Windows Operating System (as I'm not sure of other OS, may be worth trying out this same fix)

2. In Registration step, once entered the Root URL & Username by selecting the BitBucket Server (if this option doesn't work, try clicking the another one), click on Login which will prompt for password, once entered correctly, then still it might not allow you to proceed

3. Close the setup dialogue and again reopen the SourceTree App

4. Now you should be able to see your username and corresponding email registered in your bitbucket and succeed, complete the setup of SourceTree.

For me, I have to change from SSH to HTTPS for it to work.  Sooooo annoying!!!!!!

Hey guys, I solved it like this:

  1. I went to Bitbucket and created a new empty repository there
  2. Then I went in my lokal Terminal and made:
    git remote add origin<bitbucket-username>/<new-repo-name>
  3. From that point on I could push/pull
  4. And yes - I changed my connection from https to SSH, like described before


I was able to resolve this error by backing up and using my atlassian community login instead of my bitbucket login.

This fixed one error.  However I then ran into problems trying to get SSH woring.  Namely when I tried to clone a repository I got an error

"Authentication via SSH keys failed"

I  created the SSH key using Tools > Create or Import SSH Keys.

The error asked "Do you want to launch the SSH key agent (Pageant) and retry?

When I tried this  the error repeated.

I have added the key using Pageant in the system tray and set it to default.

Strangely I have now reverted back to HTTPS and things seem to be working.

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