Hi from the new SourceTree product manager

By on October 7, 2015

Hello, SourceTree community!

My name is Rahul Chhabria, and I joined Atlassian this September to be the product manager of SourceTree. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been using one or more Atlassian products as part of my development workflow. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be joining Atlassian and supporting an amazing community of users.

Prior to joining Atlassian, I worked on a variety of projects ranging from space hardware and education technology to web apps for the California DMV. Most recently, I worked as the product manager for Apple’s database product, FileMaker. I led the product direction for their mobile application, FileMaker Go. Before working at Apple, I was the product manager for Originate, a boutique consulting firm that partnered with small businesses and brought their products to market. At Originate, my team built the first generation Active Learning Platform for Echo360. The platform included a robust content management system, scheduling tools, and an interactive digital classroom experience. Lastly, I co-founded Eduschedu, a cloud-based lesson planning tool for K-12 teachers. In my spare time, I advise and help grow early-stage companies in the Bay Area.

Where does SourceTree fit into my story? As you can see from my previous roles, I’ve always been a fan of building tools with the goal of improving their respective industries. Now I have the opportunity to directly improve the lives of every developer using Git and Mercurial. That is mind blowing! I am ready to take the leap.


SourceTree has given us a massive head start. It takes a complicated workflow and simplifies that workflow without any compromises. I never want to see SourceTree lose that. So, at Atlassian, we’re building a team to take SourceTree to the next level. I am stoked!

I’ve been a consultant for the past ten years and have been looking for a place to call my home. I’m thrilled to be at Atlassian and am looking forward to working with you all to make SourceTree the number one graphical Git and Mercurial client in the world. Onward and upward! Look out for more communications, frequent updates, and new features in this blog.


  • Stanzilla
    Posted October 7, 2015 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Somehow reminds me about this post from February after which actually nothing happened. Good luck anyway.

    • Stanislav Spiridonov
      Posted October 7, 2015 at 9:31 am | Permalink

      Hmm… Me too. Will see.

    • Hoppfrosch
      Posted October 11, 2015 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

      Sad story – hopefully not again big announcements without deeds following …

  • Florian Bachmann
    Posted October 7, 2015 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    yeah! maybe u like to take a look at this git client for inspiration 🙂

  • Eddie Velasquez
    Posted October 7, 2015 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Welcome. I really hope you can get SourceTree off the ground and going again. And please don’t make this post end up being like that pathetic post from February.

  • berkus
    Posted October 7, 2015 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    I gave up on SourceTree. This was last piece of Atlassian technology standing, but it also fell. Now it’s GitUp on Mac and GitExtensions on windows – at least they don’t screw up your repository when you work with them.

    • Rahul Chhabria
      Posted October 23, 2015 at 9:49 am | Permalink

      Thanks for the comments. We’re building a new SourceTree team. Look out for more frequent updates and improvements.

      • .wewewe
        Posted February 10, 2016 at 5:54 am | Permalink

        “more frequent updates and improvements.” 4 months ago… and stilll nothing. ST is dead? 🙁

  • Rahul Chhabria
    Posted October 7, 2015 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    We appreciate your continued support. Please know that we are behind SourceTree and will be investing in the coming months. Thank you.

  • derp_cookies
    Posted October 7, 2015 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Guy from February got canned I guess. You guys are dropping like flies.

    • Rahul Chhabria
      Posted October 7, 2015 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

      Mike Minns is still here and part of the SourceTree team.

  • Zava
    Posted October 8, 2015 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Your welcome! Hopefully that does not spoil the version! And when aver finally added support GitFlow-> New Feature (On the other branches not to Develop) is so difficult?

  • Posted October 12, 2015 at 2:50 am | Permalink

    Maybe we will finally get SourceTree for Linux?

  • MarkG54321
    Posted October 14, 2015 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    Really hoping to see REAL improvements to Sourcetree, not lip service. Sourcetree for Windows needs restarting 8x – 10x every day for most of us here, it’s not really fit for purpose in it’s current state.

    It seems to work OK on very simple projects (which I guess as similar to what are used to test it). Try using Sourcetree on large Visual C++ projects witht thousands of C and CPP files, creating temporary objects within the repo (that are ignored by the .gitignore, but not by SourceTree), and it quickly falls apart.

    The GUI just stops updating, and shows no changes when there are changes that need to be committed.

    • Rahul Chhabria
      Posted October 23, 2015 at 9:44 am | Permalink

      Thank you. We’re actively investigating performance issues on Windows. This feedback is really helpful. Please feel free to send comments via twitter at @rchhabs or through Lastly, would you be open to a phone call?

  • Mike
    Posted October 23, 2015 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    Sadly for us, it’s now game-over. Management don’t understand the difference between Stash/BitBucket and Sourcetree. Sourcetree problems has pretty much destroyed the whole Atlassian brand in our company 🙁 TFS has just been purchased and rollout starts next month.

    I’m sure once they discover TFS is an even bigger disaster, The atlassian stuff may come back, but until then, it’s goodbye. Sourcetree has wrecked any chances of us having good developer tools 🙁

    • Rahul Chhabria
      Posted October 23, 2015 at 9:42 am | Permalink

      Thanks for the feedback. Do you have time for a quick phone call next week? I’d like to learn more about the struggles that eventually lead to the decision to rollout TFS.

  • davidalpert
    Posted November 19, 2015 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Rahul, where/how do we submit feature requests/suggestions?

    • Rahul Chhabria
      Posted November 19, 2015 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      Thanks for the comment. Please post feature requests/suggestions at or Feel free to reach out to me directly on Twitter at @rchhabs or here’s a link to my calendar if you’d like to connect live:

  • Anders Rudkjaer Norgaard
    Posted December 9, 2015 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Welcome. And thanks for the great product. Looking forward to more polish. Any thoughts on doing open source?

  • Mark
    Posted December 11, 2015 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Same again, promises, and then silence….