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Sourcetree ignores github token and throws 403 error


I have generated personal token on github and entered it in password field successfully, but when I try to fetch from my repo sourcetree throws me following error:

git -c diff.mnemonicprefix=false -c core.quotepath=false --no-optional-locks fetch --no-tags Room
remote: Support for password authentication was removed on August 13, 2021. Please use a personal access token instead.
remote: Please see for more information.
fatal: unable to access '': The requested URL returned error: 403

I have tried deleting my accounts from sourcetree and logging in again, but I still receive this error.


However, if I use console there is no error. Is proves that there is some error or my mistake in using sourcetree account managament.

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I had the same issue and solved it in this way:

Open sourcetree, in the right click icon Settings (Repository settings) ->Remotes -> Select Origin and Edit:

Set URL/Path in the following format:  https://<token>@<git_url>.git

works for me too. Thank you!

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Thanks a lot for your solution!


Yet I have certain fear about this one, if someone gain access to your sourcetree client, they will easily find your token.

Like RU-GHETES Mihaela likes this

Hi @Владимир ,


Even if it's not a nice one, that was the solution that got me out of trouble.

If you'll find another solution, please share it with us.


Thanks ,

Deleted user Aug 19, 2021


It woks on Mac. Thank you.

This is actually a workaround of a bug. The bug is, even if you remove/change the old authentication method, the SourceTree will still try to use the old one. It is restored even if you uninstall and make a fresh install of the app.

To prevent this after removing the old git credentials, delete Atlassian folder from all the appdata folders. Then go to Tools->Settings->Authentication and add a new Basic Github authentication. Enter the Github username(not the e-mail) and use your token as the password. It should work after that.

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This workaround works!  Thank you SO much!!   Sourcetree needs to get this issue fixed ASAP.

Changing the url only works for me

@Abdullah Çınar I delete passwd in AppData\Local\Atlassian\SourceTree and use token to login again. It works.

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@jack_lin this works for me!

I had the same issue, and found this link:

version control - When I try to pull or push in GitHub, I am getting an error message: "Please use a personal access token instead." - Stack Overflow

it require to modify (simply) the repository link.

it worked immediately.

Abdullah Çınar's solution has worked for me twice now. Once last year but I recently had to re-install Windows due to a system issue. I had forgotten how I had solved this issue before but thanks to a friend linking me to this thread, Abdullah Çınar helped me again.

There are many different issues you might face.

We have tried to dig into each of them and resolve them all finally.

This article could be helpful for you:

I use SSH-based authentication. It works.

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