Sourcetree doesn't list GitHub private repos by default

Jingran Wang December 27, 2018

My GitHub account has both public and private repos, but only the public ones are listed in the New Tab -> Remote view. I can search and find my own private repos, but I can't list any repos (public or private) that I have access to, i.e. listed in the API call to This also affects private repos in organizations I'm in, despite the "Show Organization Repos" checkbox. I am not a member of any organizations that have public repos, so I can't check that.


This isn't a deal breaker, because I can still use the Clone button, but the "Cloning is even easier if you set up a remote account" text is taunting me.

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Tim Morris June 23, 2019

I had a similar problem; after adding my GitHub account to SourceTree, repos belonging to my organization weren't appearing in the 'Remote repositories' list. I tried starring the relevant one, but that didn't make a difference. 

I discovered it was an issue with the default permissions in the OAuth settings; by default, it doesn't give organization access. 

To fix, go to your GitHub settings -> Applications -> Authorized OAuth Apps -> Sourcetree ('SourcetreeForWindows' in my case): you can see the list of permissions granted, and underneath that Organization access, and the option to turn it on.

[This Medium article described the same problem and solution, except that they suggest deleting and re-creating the OAuth token, whereas I was able to just edit the settings on mine: ]

(I'm not sure if is the same/similar problem to above, but I came across this question when searching for a solution, so thought it good to add my solution here after I worked out what my issue was.)

youssef elhefnawy August 12, 2019

Thanks that solved it for me :)

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stevenvachon November 27, 2019

There is no "Organization access" within my "SourcetreeForMac".

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Anthony Webb January 8, 2020

I am seeing the same as @stevenvachon in fact, when the oauth happens it only asks for basic public data so I don't see how Sourcetree would ever be able to actually see any private repos?


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Tim Morris January 9, 2020

I'm afraid it's a while since I did this, so I forget the details. But certainly the repos I was concerned with were public ones, just that they belonged to an organization. So the commonality of my problem with the original question here was "organization repos not appearing" rather than the private/public dimension of the question. So it could well be that the solution for that is different.

However, I'd be surprised if it's not possible to access private repos at all this way. You may well have already looked here, but I found this on an initial google: 

Is it just a private repo you're wanting to access, or a private organization repo? If the latter, from that first link I think an organization owner has to grant access for the app (so I guess even if you have access as a GitHub user, you don't automatically get access when using the app).

That may or may not be helpful, but I hope you can find a solution. And do post back here when you do!

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dn21 May 13, 2020

I didn't see the "organization access" under the list of applications either, but then I read a comment on the linked blog from the OP. It says you have to click the name of the application as well, then organization access will be at the bottom of the next page.

Lloyd Jones July 22, 2020

I don't see the option to allow organization access. This is all I get:

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So right now, SourceTree can only see my private (personal) repos, not my private (organizational) ones..

Lloyd Jones July 22, 2020


This solves it for me.

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Nikishin Iliya September 3, 2020

also saved me an hours! thank you @Tim Morris 🤝

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floris83 January 24, 2022

Worked for me too, awesome!

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Boris Perović December 28, 2018

The problem you are encountering sounds similar to the one I had. Take a look here for a workaround:

Additionally, it might be helpful to upvote the issue here:


Jingran Wang December 28, 2018

Thanks Boris, that helped a bit, but the workaround only gave me access to public repos of organizations I'm in, and didn't help with private repos of said organizations, nor my own private repos. I've upvoted the Mac issue, but I'll add an additional issue for Windows, since it seems that the functionality might be different, e.g. the initial OAuth request on Windows does request quite a lot of permissions.Kr2ICuD

Mahesh May 15, 2019

Facing similar issue. 

We have a private GIT repo server (other than GitHub) and unable to use SourceTree to clone my repo from there.

Any pointers to documentation around same would be helpful 

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Chest Rockwell August 28, 2022

Solved for me: 

Short summary:

  1. Remove "Github Credentials SourceTree (OAuth) for GitHub" from Keychain Access
  2. Restart Sourcetree
  3. Click "Remote" tab
  4. Observe "Refreshing Remote Repositories Failed" dialog will then be prompted to login and allow all the permissions that Sourcetree needs.

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