Using SourceTree and Git for Research (Part 2): Bitbucket

In the first part of this tutorial we created a local git repository with SourceTree, committed a change, and reviewed the commit history. Make sure you have either already completed the previous part of this tutorial, or that you already have a repository on SourceTree you want to link up with

Making a remote version on Bitbucket

While you can create a new remote repository to connect to on, here we will do this from within SourceTree. Open SourceTree and click the “Settings” button. settings Click “Add”. remotes Click the button with a globe icon. globe Click the “Create New Repository …” button. create_new_button Fill out the new repository dialog. Set “Name” to “itn_project“, add a description if desired, and make sure to uncheck the “Publicly Visible” option. Finally, click “Create Repository”. create_new_dialog Notice that now you have an entry in your list for “itn_project” that is hosted by Bitbucket. Click “OK”. link_repository Set “Remote Name” to “itn_remote” and click “OK”. remote_name Click “OK” one last time. Finally, click the “Push” button to push the repository you have been working on to the remote one you just created. push_repo Make sure the “Local Branch” “master” is checked. Then click “OK”. Enter your password if requested to push the repository. push_repo2

Inviting a collaborator

Go to and login. Click on the “Repositories” menu at the top and choose your newly created repository. online_repo You should now see something like the following screenshot. This shows that your repository has been setup on online_repo_overview Click the “Share” button. bitbucket_share Next, enter the email address (or Bitbucket username if you know it) of the collaborators you want to add to this repository (i.e. your coauthors) and then click the “Add” button. Here, I’m going to add Joseph Page (full disclosure: he’s my brother). bitbucket_share2 Before clicking “Share”, set the permissions of this new user of your repository. I set Joseph’s permissions to “WRITE” because I want him to be able to push commits to the repository (see the documentation for more details on permissions). bitbucket_share3 Click “Share” to invite your new collaborator. This will send a link which your collaborator can use to access the repository. Once they login to Bitbucket they will be able to access your repository.

Viewing a collaborator’s commit

Once your collaborator has pushed a commit (i.e. made changes and updated the repository) you will see this on the main page for your repository. collab_edit You can see Joseph left the following commit message:

made a few edits and added author name

Click on the link to the commit (see picture below). collab_edit2 This pulls up the summary of the latest commit. Scroll down to view the changes that were made. collab_edit3


This tutorial (and the previous one) merely scratched the surface of how leveraging DVCSs, such as git and hg, can enhance your research productivity. Using SourceTree, integrating these tools is easier than ever. Have fun with Bitbucket and let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!


  1. Great tutorial! Helpt me a lot!

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