Starting with Mercurial, BitBucket and SourceTree on Mac
This is a quick step-by-step tutorial on starting with Mercurial and BitBucket on Mac. This tutorial was done on Mac OS 10.8.2.
The easiest way to do that is to download and install the Mercurial 2.5.4 for OS X 10.8 binary package from the official Mercurial site. After downloading the file unzip it and open
Verify Mercurial Installation
Open Terminal and type
Mercurial Distributed SCM (version 2.5.4+20130405)
(see http://mercurial.selenic.com for more information)
Copyright (C) 2005-2012 Matt Mackall and others
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO
warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Install Mercurial Keyring Extension
Next, add these lines to
.hgrc (in your home directory):
Now Mercurial will store and use user credentials to/from the Mac OS keychain.
Configure BitBucket User
There are a few ways to do this, but the best is via [ui] and [auth] sections in .hgrc (in your home directory). Your final .hgrc file should look like this:
Install Atlassian SourceTree
Go to www.sourcetreeapp.com and download SourceTree for Mac. At the time of this writing the latest version of SourceTree was 1.5.8. SourceTree for Mac comes packaged as a dmg file – after you open the dmg file you install the app the normal Mac way – by dragging SourceTree.app into your Applications folder.
I recommend configuring SourceTree to use the system Mercurial. That way you get consistent Hg experience when working in Terminal and in the SourceTree GUI. To do that, run SourceTree and press “Command + ,” to open Preferences and then click Use System Mercurial.
Clone a BitBucket Repository
In the SourceTree Bookmarks window:
- Click on the Add Repository button.
- Enter the remote repository url and the local repository folder.
- Click Clone