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This is not a valid source path / URL - SourceTree and Gitlab


This is not a valid source path / URL

I have been working on a project with a friend who set up a repository in Gitlab; and even though I was able to view all projects on it, I couldn’t really join the repository. I was using SourceTree and Gitlab.

While using SourceTree, attempting to clone a remote repository, was throwing the following error under Repository Type: This is not a valid source path / URL

Clicking on Clone will prompt the following error:

This is not a valid source path / URL


The solution was simple, I just updated the Git Version. From SourceTree, go to Tools > Options > Git > Git Version > Update Embedded.

This is not a valid source path / URL

After updating the Git version, you should be able to clone the repository; and under Repository Type, you should see: This is a Git repository.

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This is not a valid source path / URL

Other solution:

Try updating the Mercurial Version.

Skip the setup of Git & Mercurial in the wizard.




Juan Mulford
Juan Mulford
I have been active in IT for over fourteen years now. I am a solutions architect, working with storage, virtualization, and VDI solutions. For the past ten years, I have been living and working in Taiwan.


  1. I’ve been stuck for WEEKS on this exact problem and would have continued being lost without you!! THANK YOU JUAN!

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