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Sunsetting Mercurial support in Bitbucket – Bitbucket

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/01/30

February 1st, the start commences of Sunsetting Mercurial support in Bitbucket – Bitbucket [WayBack]. Starting June 1st, only git is supported by Bitbucket, despite them having started with and focused mainly Mercurial at first.

Here are the major dates of the sunset:

  • February 1, 2020: users will no longer be able to create new Mercurial repositories
  • June 1, 2020: users will not be able to use Mercurial features in Bitbucket or via its API and all Mercurial repositories will be removed.

All current Mercurial functionality in Bitbucket will be available through May 31, 2020.

So by now you should have started migrating from Mercurial to git, probably away from BitBucket.

Reading their community, it looks like an in-place conversion (keeping all issues, comments, wikis, pull-requests, etc) and just replacing the mercurial repository with the converted git repository is impossible.

Given that the user experience on Bitbucket for git repositories is far behind sites like GitHub or GitLab, migrating away after conversion sounds like a very good move.

Conversion used to be hard Moving my BitBucket mercurial repository to git was a lot harder than I hoped for (but moving to GitHub was easy) « The Wiert Corner – irregular stream of stuff

So by now, I am anxious to see if the steps linked from the quote are easier:

We recommend that teams migrate their existing Mercurial repos to Git. There are various Git conversion tools in the market, including [WayBack] hg-fast-export and [WayBack] hg-git mercurial plugin. We are happy to support your migration, and you can find a discussion about available options in [WayBack] our dedicated Community thread.

–jeroen

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