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Sourcetree crashes on start after adding a new repository

Everytime I am adding a new Repository to Sourcetree, Sourcetree crashes. When I delete the repository again Sourcetree works. So I am not able to add a new repository. Any ideas what I can do?

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Someone suggested this issue might be related to another one a bunch of us are experiencing with crashing on startup. For us the browser.plist and a few other files seem to be the culprit and as long as I don't make bookmarks I'm able to work.

Please see here for discussion of what's happening with crashes:

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Manju Atlassian Team Jun 06, 2018

Please feel free to remove the ImageCache folder under ~/Library/Application Support/SourceTree/ for now. We are investigating this crash and will have an update soon.

Thanks for your patience! 

Sourcetree Mac Developer

Hey Manjunath,

I deleted the folder, but it still crashes... Are you sure its because of this?



Manju Atlassian Team Jun 07, 2018

Yes, it was due to fetching repo avatars. It wouldn't crash only until it tried to fetch again. 

This was primarily due to a change deployed by Bitbucket cloud that was reverted in time. Also, we made a release of macOS client to ensure this type of a crash doesn't happen again. Thanks for the understanding and kind cooperation. 


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Manju Atlassian Team Jun 06, 2018

We are investigating the crash with There seems to be an issue loading and reading repo avatars. We will soon have an update on this. Thanks for your patience! 

Sourcetree Mac Developer

Thanks for the quick reply!

I faced the same issue and had a lot of trouble finding a fix for it.

I tried:

- Removing suggested files from application support folder

- Removing application support folder for source tree

- Re-installing the latest version

- Installing a old version

None of the above worked, It was crashing as soon I add my local repo to source tree and try to open it.

I also tried to use another repository and it was working fine, SO I concluded problem is with my local repository, I started deleting files from git folder and finally it resolved the issue.

You need to remove these two files from .git folder:

  1. sourcetreeconfig
  2. config

I would suggest to take the backup of local repo and then try deleting these two files and add the repository again, this time the source tree didn't crash for me.

Hope that works for you !!! :) 

I deleted now the entire "~/Library/Application\ Support/SourceTree/" folder and now it seems to work again... 

You should check to make sure that committing a repo doesn't cause a crash. And also see if you can add bookmarks without a crash.

Because initially when I deleted the entire support folder it appeared to work without crashing but the first commit made it crash. And then any attempt to launch the app after that also resulted in crash.

For me deleting the entire support folder was temporary and incomplete fix but if I tried to add a bookmark it'd crash. Removing the browser.plist file made it work again as long as I don't add any bookmarks.

I'm currently able to commit etc. but I have to make sure not to create bookmarks.

I tested pulling and comitting and it works. I also created Bookmarks / Repository Groups if you mean this. And it works for me!

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