Come for the products,
stay for the community

The Atlassian Community can help you and your team get more value out of Atlassian products and practices.

Atlassian Community about banner
Community Members
Community Events
Community Groups

sourcetree asks to download binary content for git lfs on every startup


I was wondering what I can do to fix this. I have tried using both the system and the embedded git and running git lfs install and git lfs pull in the repo.

however, everytime I start sourcetree on this computer I am prompted with "it appears the binary file content has not been downloaded. Do you want to download the LFS files required by your current checkout?"


git status from the bash shows nothing. I have freshly installed sourcetree and git for windows

11 answers

After updating to version 3.4.2 I am getting the same problem.


When I click "Yes" it pulls nothing down and then says complete.


This occurs because the implementation of how LFS content is checked that it is pulled, is flawed.

Details at

Same problem - quite annoying. I end up using command line more now because opening up a view to a repo does this everytime.

Recently just reinstalled windows on a new drive on my machine and thought I had config issues or something with the new setup, but turns out this is a new problem.

In other words, I can also confirm I get this pop-up every time I open Sourcetree now.

Same. Just installed 3.4.2.

Yo, same problem here.

I've also hit this after updating to 3.4.2 and updating the embedded Git on Sourcetree's recommendation.

Same issue ,

Fixed it by Uninstalling everything related by SOURCETREE including APPDATA.

Installed a OLD VERSION of SOURCETREE from archives

REBOOT WINDOWS (windows environment variable update only if you reboot)

Added the REPRO 

Fetch pull , 


Having the same issue, seemed to be introduced in the latest SourceTree update.

Same here, I also tried adding git to my env path like they advised here Sourcetree asks to download LFS adapter every star... ( didn't work.

I'm really curious how to fix this.

Suggest an answer

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

Bug Fix: Sourcetree for Windows authentication error when updating to app password

Hello Sourcetree users!!! With the recent removal of Bitbucket Cloud account passwords for app passwords (please see our Bitbucket Cloud community post for details on why we made this change for se...

61,930 views 127 27
Read article

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