Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Sign up Log in

Next challenges

Recent achievements

  • Global
  • Personal


  • Give kudos
  • Received
  • Given


  • Global

Trophy case

Kudos (beta program)

Kudos logo

You've been invited into the Kudos (beta program) private group. Chat with others in the program, or give feedback to Atlassian.

View group

It's not the same without you

Join the community to find out what other Atlassian users are discussing, debating and creating.

Atlassian Community Hero Image Collage

Temporary files

Is it possible to disable $TMPDIR usage completely in Sourcetree?

If not, is it possible to disable the preview pane completely?


When you choose a commit sourcetreeapp retrieves the complete files from it, stores them in temp dir, and it's rather slow (the app stalls), even if you disabled diff for the filetype in settings (as suggested in another post).

I don't want to have my repo files randomly spread in the temporary directory either.


Also, can't seem to select External diff utility, and the default (greyed out) doesn't seem to work. Is there a catch to that?

I am also assuming that when doing a diff with FileMerge (the default), sourcetreeapp also create temporary files for that operation?




5 answers

1 accepted

0 votes
Answer accepted
bgannin Atlassian Team Jun 06, 2017

Hi Leo,

That's not currently possible. Please file a ticket on with details on your request and workflow for us to review and prioritize. 


Brian Ganninger
Senior Mac Developer, SourceTree

0 votes
bgannin Atlassian Team Jun 06, 2017

A workaround would be to create a custom action to delete $TEMPDIR and then use it in ST after you're done working.

Done. Hope you can make it, would be great, love Sourcetree! :D)


OK, but two things:

(1) TEMPDIR is used by other apps, say Photos, that might be doing a cloud download for instance, may not want to delete everything in there.

(2) Still doesn't solve the speed issue, but I guess the only option for this is not get the files for a commit, like disabling preview completely, or having a default tab in its place for it, like file info only.


Suggest an answer

Log in or Sign up to answer
Community showcase
Posted in Sourcetree

[dev team] Sourcetree for Windows 2019 Preview - Dark Theme

Hi folks, While the full post is over on our blog I'd like to share the dark theme we've got planned for 2019 here directly as well to keep the discussion going.  The ...

3,280 views 19 18
Join discussion

Community Events

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find an event

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Unfortunately there are no Community Events near you at the moment.

Host an event

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local event. Learn more about Community Events

Events near you