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Bitbucket vs SourceTree: What are the differences?

What is Bitbucket? One place to plan projects, collaborate on code, test and deploy, all with free private repositories. Bitbucket gives teams one place to plan projects, collaborate on code, test and deploy, all with free private Git repositories. Teams choose Bitbucket because it has a superior Jira integration, built-in CI/CD, & is free for up to 5 users.

What is SourceTree? A free Git GUI client for Windows and macOS. Use the full capability of Git and Mercurial in the SourceTree desktop app. Manage all your repositories, hosted or local, through SourceTree's simple interface.

Bitbucket and SourceTree are primarily classified as "Code Collaboration & Version Control" and "Source Code Management Desktop Apps" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Bitbucket are:

  • Unlimited private repositories, charged per user
  • Best-in-class Jira integration
  • Built-in CI/CD

On the other hand, SourceTree provides the following key features:

  • Full-powered DVCS
  • Create, clone, commit, push, pull, merge, and more are all just a click away.
  • Review your outgoing and incoming changesets, cherry-pick between branches, patch handling, rebase, stash, shelve, and much more.

"Free private repos", "Simple setup" and "Nice ui and tools" are the key factors why developers consider Bitbucket; whereas "Visual history and branch view", "Beautiful UI" and "Easy repository browsing" are the primary reasons why SourceTree is favored.

PayPal, Salesforce, and Starbucks are some of the popular companies that use Bitbucket, whereas SourceTree is used by Zillow, PedidosYa, and Coderus. Bitbucket has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1735 company stacks & 1449 developers stacks; compared to SourceTree, which is listed in 615 company stacks and 400 developer stacks.

Decisions about Bitbucket and SourceTree
Weverton Timoteo

Do you review your Pull/Merge Request before assigning Reviewers?

If you work in a team opening a Pull Request (or Merge Request) looks appropriate. However, have you ever thought about opening a Pull/Merge Request when working by yourself? Here's a checklist of things you can review in your own:

  • Pick the correct target branch
  • Make Drafts explicit
  • Name things properly
  • Ask help for tools
  • Remove the noise
  • Fetch necessary data
  • Understand Mergeability
  • Pass the message
  • Add screenshots
  • Be found in the future
  • Comment inline in your changes

Read the blog post for more detailed explanation for each item :D

What else do you review before asking for code review?

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Weverton Timoteo

One of the magic tricks git performs is the ability to rewrite log history. You can do it in many ways, but git rebase -i is the one I most use. With this command, It’s possible to switch commits order, remove a commit, squash two or more commits, or edit, for instance.

It’s particularly useful to run it before opening a pull request. It allows developers to “clean up” the mess and organize commits before submitting to review. If you follow the practice 3 and 4, then the list of commits should look very similar to a task list. It should reveal the rationale you had, telling the story of how you end up with that final code.

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I explored many Git Desktop tools for the Mac and my final decision was to use Fork. What I love about for that it contains three features, I like about a Git Client tool.

It allows * to handle day to day git operations (least important for me as I am cli junkie) * it helps to investigate the history * most important of all, it has a repo manager which many other tools are missing.

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Pros of Bitbucket
Pros of SourceTree
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    Free private repos
  • 397
    Simple setup
  • 345
    Nice ui and tools
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    Unlimited private repositories
  • 239
    Affordable git hosting
  • 122
    Integrates with many apis and services
  • 118
    Reliable uptime
  • 85
    Nice gui
  • 83
    Pull requests and code reviews
  • 57
    Very customisable
  • 15
    Mercurial repositories
  • 13
    SourceTree integration
  • 10
    JIRA integration
  • 9
    Track every commit to an issue in JIRA
  • 7
    Best free alternative to Github
  • 7
    Automatically share repositories with all your teammates
  • 7
    Deployment hooks
  • 6
    Compatible with Mac and Windows
  • 5
    Source Code Insight
  • 4
    Price
  • 4
    Login with Google
  • 4
    Create a wiki
  • 4
    Approve pull request button
  • 3
    #2 Atlassian Product after JIRA
  • 3
    Customizable pipelines
  • 2
    Also supports Mercurial
  • 2
    Unlimited Private Repos at no cost
  • 2
    Continuous Integration and Delivery
  • 1
    Mercurial Support
  • 1
    IAM
  • 1
    Issues tracker
  • 1
    Open source friendly
  • 1
    Teamcity
  • 1
    Multilingual interface
  • 1
    Academic license program
  • 1
    IAM integration
  • 0
    Free Private Repositories
  • 203
    Visual history and branch view
  • 161
    Beautiful UI
  • 134
    Easy repository browsing
  • 85
    Gitflow support
  • 73
    Interactive stage or discard by hunks or lines
  • 20
    Great branch visualization
  • 18
    Ui/ux and user-friendliness
  • 8
    Best Git Client UI/Features
  • 7
    Search commit messages
  • 5
    Available for Windows and macOS
  • 1
    Search file content
  • 1
    Log only one file

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Cons of Bitbucket
Cons of SourceTree
  • 19
    Not much community activity
  • 17
    Difficult to review prs because of confusing ui
  • 14
    Quite buggy
  • 10
    Managed by enterprise Java company
  • 8
    CI tool is not free of charge
  • 7
    Complexity with rights management
  • 6
    Only 5 collaborators for private repos
  • 4
    Slow performance
  • 2
    No AWS Codepipelines integration
  • 1
    No more Mercurial repositories
  • 1
    No server side git-hook support
  • 10
    Crashes often
  • 8
    So many bugs
  • 6
    Fetching is slow sometimes
  • 4
    Very unstable
  • 4
    Can't select text in diff (windows)
  • 3
    No dark theme (Windows)
  • 3
    Extremely slow
  • 2
    Freezes quite frequently
  • 2
    Can't scale window from top corners
  • 2
    Doesn't differentiate submodules from parent repos
  • 2
    Requires bitbucket account
  • 2
    UI blinking
  • 2
    Diff makes tab indentation look like spaces
  • 2
    Windows and Mac versions are very different
  • 2
    Windows version worse than mac version
  • 2
    Diff appears as if space indented even if its tabs
  • 2
    Doesn't have an option for git init
  • 2
    Useless for merge conflict resolution
  • 1
    No reflog support
  • 1
    Installs to AppData folder (windows)
  • 1
    Bases binary check on filesize
  • 1
    Can't add remotes by right clicking remotes (windows)
  • 1
    Generally hard to like

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What is Bitbucket?

Bitbucket gives teams one place to plan projects, collaborate on code, test and deploy, all with free private Git repositories. Teams choose Bitbucket because it has a superior Jira integration, built-in CI/CD, & is free for up to 5 users.

What is SourceTree?

Use the full capability of Git and Mercurial in the SourceTree desktop app. Manage all your repositories, hosted or local, through SourceTree's simple interface.

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What are some alternatives to Bitbucket and SourceTree?
GitHub
GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over three million people use GitHub to build amazing things together.
GitLab
GitLab offers git repository management, code reviews, issue tracking, activity feeds and wikis. Enterprises install GitLab on-premise and connect it with LDAP and Active Directory servers for secure authentication and authorization. A single GitLab server can handle more than 25,000 users but it is also possible to create a high availability setup with multiple active servers.
Git
Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.
Atlassian Stash
It is a centralized solution to manage Git repositories behind the firewall. Streamlined for small agile teams, powerful enough for large organizations.
Crucible
It is a Web-based application primarily aimed at enterprise, and certain features that enable peer review of a code base may be considered enterprise social software.
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How developers use Bitbucket and SourceTree
Wing Tang Wong uses
Bitbucket

I was looking for an alternative to GitHub, where I could store my own private repositories. BitBucket filled that need and has performed extremely well.

I use Bitbucket's git repositories as a low cost config sync between servers.

MOKA Analytics uses
Bitbucket

We use Bitbucket and Bitbucket Pipelines because of its tight integration with JIRA and code authorization features.

The primary drawback is that its extension ecosystem (e.g., PR review tools) is miles behind Github

Blair Gemmer uses
Bitbucket

Best GIT repository management software that allows free closed-source projects. Also works seamlessly with other Atlassian products.

Aquarius Logics uses
Bitbucket

Great private repository capabilities that can be used for continuous integration in conjunction with Jira and Bamboo.

papaver uses
Bitbucket

had to use it as a couple of clients had repos on it. worst of the git services. i try to stay far far away.

Promethean TV uses
SourceTree

Used by various PrometheanTV technical staff to interface and interact with the Git Source Control service.

Kane Blueriver uses
SourceTree

Since being familiar to git CLI, I nearly never open it again except using it as a diff tool.

Ralic Lo uses
SourceTree

Used Source Tree to maintain version / commit / pull request , merge of codes for a team.

vgorloff uses
SourceTree

Using Git when command line is not suitable.

Danai Sookcharoen uses
SourceTree

Manage Project with GIT source code control