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Why isn't my folder recognized as a valid git working copy in Sourcetree?

Plazko CTO Jul 21, 2014

I found a similar question from 2013 with no answers: https://answers.atlassian.com/questions/197337/sourcetree-doesn-t-recognize-an-existing-repository

Product: Sourcetree

I'm using Windows 8 with Sourcetree 1.5.2.0

I have a valid git working copy on my local hard drive. If I go to the command-line and run "git status" from within the working directory, it returns:

"Your branch is up-to-date with oprigin/master. Nothing to commit, working directory clean"

The working directory has a valid .git folder.

The problem:

When I try to add this working directory to sourcetree, I get an error saying it isn't a valid working directory. I've tried two ways:

1. File > Open > Select Directory

Error: the path 'somepath/workingdir' is not a valid Git repository working copy.

2. Push the Clone/New button. Select the "Add Working Copy" tab. Select the correct working copy path.

Repository Type: This is not a valid working copy path.

Is this a bug or am I missing something? Thanks.

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Plazko CTO Aug 14, 2014

The problem was that for some reason Git support had been disabled in sourcetree. I went to the Git tab under Options and clicked "enable git support" and all is working now.

Thanks.

Phil George Feb 19, 2016

I had exactly the same problem.  No idea why Git Support had been disabled.  Maybe an upgrade broke it. (Using version 1.7.0.32509)

Jorge Román Feb 08, 2017

Thanks a lot for your answer, I had exactly the same problem after apply 1.10.18.1 update

NISHAT MAZHAR Nov 14, 2018

Thanks for your answer. It worked for me.

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syntap Feb 09, 2015

I just installed SourceTree 1.6.13.0 and ran into this issue opening a copy of a repository on a travel machine.  It worked after I filled in my name/email default user info in Tools -> Options -> General tab.  I believe it asked for similar info during installation but it didn't populate that tab with it.

I also have "Allow SourceTree to modify your global Git and Mercurial config files" checked, which I'm assuming is also checked on the machine this repo was copied from.

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