When doing a sfdx force:source:pull command from my scracth org I can't save on my local filesystem a resource that contains ":" on it.

I'm running on Windows Environment and the following image shows the error:


U:\sfdx_playground_2\geolocation>sfdx force:source:pull -f ERROR: UNKNOWN: unknown error, open 'U:\sfdx_playground_2\geolocation\force-app\main\default\profiles\Custom: Support Profile.profile-meta.xml'.

Windows does not accept any file with ":"

The following image show the assets that I've changed through browser, you can see that there is 3 profiles that contains ":"

Profile listing

I was able to download only the Admin profile, which name does not contain a colon

One interesting point is that on Trailhead correspondent module, the list of changes made on the browser is listed diffent, with the character "%3A" replacing the ":"


As shown below:

Image from correspondent Trailhead Page

So, maybe there is some workaround for my CLI treat ":" as "%3A" and then everything goes well

Has anybody come across a similar issue?

2 Answers 2


I have seen the Windows command prompt get confused about colons in strings before, although running a quick test, it appears to work for me:

Command Prompt sfdx pull

Couple of things you can try:

  1. Update your SFDX CLI with sfdx update
  2. Start using Git Bash instead...

Why Git bash?

Well, it looks prettier for a start, and it is a closer match functionality-wise to what Mac and Linux users will be using so tutorials and things will need less re-interpretation. Also it doesn't seem to have issues with colons in strings. You also get a load of other quite powerful command line tools with it. Not only that but it tells you what branch you're on in your git repository, which has saved my bacon many a time...

Git Bash prompt

You probably already have Git Bash if you have installed Git already. If you've not, I would recommend that you do, to make the best use of source/version control with sfdx :)


The solution was simple.

I just renamed the profile name through the browser.

And then I was able to fetch/pull everything properly.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .