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Why does Sourcetree keep prompting for username/password?



I've seen this issue mentioned a few times throughout the forums, but the solutions that I've found there do not seem to be working for me.

In short, I use Sourcetree all day long and make frequent commits. Each time I commit (or pull) the app prompts me for my username and password.

Can someone please advise?



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Mikael Sandberg Community Leader Sep 12, 2018

Hi Bill,

Welcome to the Atlassian Community.

When you get prompted for username and password, is it Git Credential Manager for Windows that is prompting it? If that is the case you can turn it off by running these two commands:

git config --system --unset credential.helper
git config --global --add core.askpass "" 

Yup, that seems to have done the trick.

Thanks so much for the lightning fast support!!

Sorry, scratch that. I restarted Sourcetree and hit the same problem. Ran the above commands in gitbash.

In answer to your original question yes it appears to be Git Credential Manager for Windows that is prompting me.


Here is a screenshot, just for the record:


Screenshot (2).png

OK, so after many abortive attempts to address the problem, I finally came across this little nugget about three quarters of the way toward the end of the Git Credential Manager help file (located on my machine here: C:/Users/[myusername/AppData/Local/Atlassian/SourceTree/git_extras/git-credential-manager.html):


Q: Why doesn’t SourceTree use the credentials in the GCM?

You need to configure SourceTree to use the version of Git installed for the entire system. By default, SourceTree uses a local copy of portable Git.

To fix this go to ‘Tools > Options > Git’ and click the ‘Use System Git’ button.


My button just said "System", not "Use System Git", but it did the trick, happy to report. Now if I could just have the 4 hours I spent digging for this back ... :/

Final note, and just to lend weight to the above solution, I had the exact same problem on my Mac (OS X), and the same solution did the trick. For what it's worth. Out...

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