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Sourcetree keeps asking for bitbucket password on windows

password I enter on Sourcetree is correct and works for a few minutes but then i get asked to reenter it. And yes I tell it to remember the password. this started happening after I updated to the most recent version and wow is it annoying. 

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Guys, Please try this as well. SourceTree is having the Embedded version of Git. By default, SourceTree will not use System installed Git, instead it will be using the embedded git. This credential-cache problem will not be there in latest Git version. I'd suggest to upgrade your embedded git version of sourcetree and configure sourcetree to use system git instead of embedded git.

How to do that? 

1. In SourceTree, Navigate to Tools > Options > Git

2. Look for the Git Version section

3. Observe what version of Git System has and What version of Git embedded in sourcetree

4. Switch to the system git version (if that is latest)

5. Once done, restart the sourcetree and try again the login, this time it will not ask you again

I was having the same problem having upgraded to SourceTree 2.7 from 2.6 on Mac OS High Sierra and this solution finally solved my issue (I didn't even have to log out of SourceTree)

This is the right answer for the problem. I am on Windows

Great.. perfect solution for my problem..

I have the same problem and I've always used the System Git, not Embedded Git.

I have even removed the BitBucket account completely from the accounts (Tools > Options > Authentication) and Windows' own credential manager (Control Panel > User Accounts > Credential Manager > Windows Credentials)

git 2.18.0 (system), SourceTree 2.16.10

This seems to be something else entirely (my guess would be the "registration")

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This is not work for me (git 2.18.0 (system), SourceTree 2.16.10). I've also tried to remove credentials from source tree and windows account manager, but "bitbucket login" window still appears every several minutes (even after I entered right password or refresh auth token sucessfully (green sign)

Like Jule likes this

I was having the same issue explained here, bitbucked / atlassian credentials were not been saved, so smartgit kept asking for email and password.


This started when upgraded to git 2.18.0 ... What I had to do was to reinstall git without "git credential manager" (I unchecked when asked during isnstallation).



Now smartgit launched atlassian user / password once when I pulled, I introduced it correctly and never asked me again.

tried both embedded and system git (latest version) with sourcetree Nothing working. This is ridiculous since it actually worked yesterday. Since then I've reset my password (just to be sure), logged out and back in again in the browser and that all works (so I know the password is right). I even did the OAuth authentication (again) and got it all green, still the atlassian dialog keeps coming up and won't let me log in (giving me an authentication error). Yet I can bring up the list of repos but just can't clone them or pull down the latest version. WTF.

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Update: Got it fixed. While looking around at other questions I came across this one about https authentication (I tried SSH, app password, etc. as I struggled for the last couple of hours trying to get this to work).

If you're using HTTPS and are getting the atlassian dialog with no luck (even though you're SURE you're using the right password) this worked for me. Delete the passwd file in the AppData folder then pull the code down.

You'll get the atlassian password dialog again, but after entering the password correctly, you'll get the bucket dialog asking you to update your password. Enter it again and you should be set, at least that worked for me.

Frankly the combination of SSH or app passwords or HTTPs combined with bitbucket vs. atlassian is a mess. Maybe if you pick on approach and only use that it'll work all the time but I mix and match repos and authentication based on the sensitivity of the data, so maybe that's my problem. However I just find it not intuitive when things break. The error message from the OAuth that came up (or whatever it was) when the atlassian dialog came up said there was a problem with the username/password, except there wasn't.

Hope that helps. Back to coding...

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But.... what if I have NO CODE to pulldown?

I have NO repositories and NO accounts remembered for bitbucket!

I am on windows with git 2.18.0 and Sourcetree


The program has literally NO REASON to ask me for my Atlassian account, apart from it being made by them.

I have the problem as well. And not a single solution works. On my other computer it usually accepts the password after a few tries but on my laptop nothing works. And I have to work. I will probably change to another program since this problem persisted for a while now. 

Like Dan Yin likes this

Using SourceTree, Bil Simser solution worked for me when all the others didn't. I Found passd file on C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Atlassian\SourceTree

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Mine works after switching from Embedded to System Git. I would've never guessed this myself, so thanks to everyone!

Atlassian, you need to make this right!

This worked for me as well

I removed Git 2.17 that was installed, downloaded Git 2.19.2 and didn't install the GCM. Still no luck.

So I updated the embedded version and start using it. I deleted all my credentials from windows credential manager and re-authenticated again using OAuth. So far, so good. This is a mess. All of my coworkers had this same issue, and each one of them solved it in a different manner. 

Using SourceTree, Bil Simser solution worked for me when all the others didn't. I Found passd file on C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Atlassian\SourceTree

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This solution worked for me. Thank you!

Worked for me. I'm on Windows.

Working solution.... :-)

Updating the Embedded GIT version worked for me - thank you.

perfect. My problem is solved. :D Thanks.

Thanks ChandraMohan. Your solution worked for me.

I am on Windows 10 latest update, I tried to use system git approach but does not work for me.

I uninstall source tree but the popup login is still shown at time interval about 20 minutes. If I leave my PC open overnight it will spawn hundred of login popup.

Anyone know what is the process, program to uninstall in Windows to completely get rid of this popup?

Thank you

works for me

thanx a lot

Hey Guys, i found the solution..

uninstalled sourcetree.. 

problems went gone.

lol.. I am also going to do the same.

best solution ever

This worked for me (i'm on Windows).

Go to View > Show Hosted Repositories > Edit Accounts > find the relevant account and click 'Edit' > Change Password.

Hopefully it works for some other poor souls out there!

Thanks! It worked for this poor soul out there! laugh

Thanks, This worked for me as well.

Every time SourceTree asks me if I would recommend to a friend, I think about how many times I have to log in over and over and over before I answer. How can a basic thing like remembering credentials be so broken?

I used to give a 10/10 reply every time. Now I just look at that survey and think the exactly same thing...

I can no longer get into my account... its broken

wow, almost 3 years later And I have been having this problem on and off... Atlassian. I have been patient. Get it together and fix this nonsense. You are supposed to help with software development not make it frustrating.

I started having this problem too when I upgraded to SourceTree 2.1 and yes it's very annoying

(I'm on El Capitan 10.11.2)

try using OAuth with connect account

I am having the same problem. I noticed it when I upgraded to Windows 10. I can't say for sure it's because of the upgrade to the OS.


For what it's worth, I can get it to stop temporarily by clicking the "Show hosted repositories" icon at the bottom left when you open source tree. Then "Edit Accounts", click the account and "Edit", then "Change Password".... It will eventually drop the password again. It's incredibly frustrating, and I am about to drop sourcetree and possibly Bitbucket due to this, if its not fixed.

Same problem here! It's infuriating.

Me too... :-(

SourceTree is no longer functional as it periodically fills my screen with login windows. Atlassian - please provide an expected date for a fix or describe a workaround that works. Thanks.

This is what I discovered (after searching for 'sourcetree' in my drive C:):

  1. Uninstall SourceTree
  2. Delete folder C:\Users[username]\AppData\Local\Atlassian\SourceTree
  3. Delete folder C:\Users[username]\AppData\Local\SourceTree
  4. Reinstall SourceTree

This helped me! Thank you.
I've tried lot's of things but removing "/AppData/*" is the only useful action.

Same problem here on Win 10, Sourcetree I've treid all of the suggestions here and the password prompt still pops up all of the time. It's incredibly frustrating.

Same here, I have tried everything and updated to latest version, can't use sourcetree atm

@jnaylor-traka - Please try my detailed suggestion given below. Update git version used by sourcetree 

I use windows insider and have same problem still....ask login, ask login, ask login...!

same problem, windows 10. tried everything.., HELP!!!!

Sourcetree seems to have some problems importing old config files from a previous Version.
Changing stuff in "Edit Accounts ..." / Hosted Repositories seems to make Sourcetree rewrite some of it and solves the Problem.
Also try to change the preferred Protocol... that did the trick for me.


First time and ~a year ago I had this problem I started deleting Stuff in C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Atlassian\SourceTree  

I cant remember exactly what I did back then, but I think deleting Accounts.json (and reentering the data in Sourcetree) worked.


I also resolved the problem by removing the map:


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my enviroment v2.6.6.0 (windows 7 32bit)

Atlassian login popup dialog always on desktop!

i updated git version.

now ... dialog popup going ...

I removed my user name in authentication tab and then pulled, got prompted for the password and I clicked the box that says save the password on the prompt and then it worked..

I have the same problem connecting to Visual Studio Online.

I deleted the entries for the base url in my keychain and did a git fetch from source tree again. I entered my credentials and it didn't ask again.

Mac High Sierra 11.0.1

Source Tree 4.0.2

why sourcetree just do not do this by DEFAULT !!!!!

Problem solved by "Update Embedded" for "Embedded" or default settings.


It always happens with me, whenever I open the source tree it asks for the password again and again.

I have 5 projects in my source tree from 2 different id's of bitbucket form company account of skydevelopers

whenever after the shutdown of the system I restart my system and open source tree during pushing the code it asks for the password again and again. but during commit of code, it doesn't ask for the password

4 years old for what should be a priority bug fixed within days.  

None of the workarounds suggested work close to reliably (most of them don't work at all), neither should they be needed.  This is simple stuff, that every other git client got right from day 1.  

It'll be working fine for weeks then fail, and once it's failed it's dead.  Often nothing short of a complete uninstall and reinstall will work.

That's worked for me:

Go to Tools -> Authentication -> pick your account -> click Set as default

My fix ended up being to go into the Tools/Options/Authentication in sourcetree, and set my bitbucket account to be the default login details. No idea why that fixed it but now Im able to pull again and the login pop ups have gone away.

The accepted answer here was what finally worked for me, after hours of trying to use lots of different solutions.

Wow I've found a new solution for my case... Don't know what is involved under the hood but it seems to be linked to script execution policy...

More context:
When I was starting a git bash terminal in order to try manual `git fetch` on an ssh authenticated github repository, I was getting this error:

$ git fetch
CreateProcessW failed error:193
ssh_askpass: posix_spawn: Unknown error

(while all was working well in a PowerShell terminal)


What I've done to fix it:

  1. Start PowerShell with administration rights.
  2. Get your current script execution policy for later
    $currentExecutionPolicy = Get-ExecutionPolicy
  3. Set it to run local scripts not coming from internet
    Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
  4. Start SourceTree
  5. Try to fetch a repository that bother you with credentials popup again and again => for me it works now without prompting! \o/
  6. (optional) Then you can restore your previous script execution policy, it will still work!
    Set-ExecutionPolicy $currentExecutionPolicy


SourceTree team please can you explain that?

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