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Git vs Perforce: What are the differences?

Developers describe Git as "Fast, scalable, distributed revision control system". 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. On the other hand, Perforce is detailed as "Self-hosted Version Control Software". Visibility, access control, workflow and code management for Git environments. Flexibility of collaborating on the same codebase and code reviews using any combination of Perforce and Git workflows and tools without compromise.

Git can be classified as a tool in the "Version Control System" category, while Perforce is grouped under "Code Collaboration & Version Control".

"Distributed version control system" is the top reason why over 1441 developers like Git, while over 2 developers mention "Great for Enterprise level use" as the leading cause for choosing Perforce.

Git is an open source tool with 28.2K GitHub stars and 16.3K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Git's open source repository on GitHub.

Decisions about Git and Perforce
Kamaldeep Singh

SVN is much simpler than git for the simple stuff (checking in files and updating them when everyone's online), and much more complex than git for the complicated stuff (branching and merging). Or put another way, git's learning curve is steep up front, and then increases moderately as you do weird things; SVN's learning curve is very shallow up front and then increases rapidly.

If you're storing large files, if you're not branching, if you're not storing source code, and if your team is happy with SVN and the workflow you have, I'd say you should stay on SVN.

If you're writing source code with a relatively modern development practice (developers doing local builds and tests, pre-commit code reviews, preferably automated testing, preferably some amount of open-source code), you should move to git for two reasons: first, this style of working inherently requires frequent branching and merging, and second, your ability to interact with outside projects is easier if you're all comfortable with git instead of snapshotting the outside project into SVN.

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Pros of Git
Pros of Perforce
  • 1.4K
    Distributed version control system
  • 1.1K
    Efficient branching and merging
  • 960
    Fast
  • 845
    Open source
  • 728
    Better than svn
  • 368
    Great command-line application
  • 306
    Simple
  • 291
    Free
  • 232
    Easy to use
  • 222
    Does not require server
  • 27
    Distributed
  • 22
    Small & Fast
  • 18
    Feature based workflow
  • 15
    Staging Area
  • 13
    Most wide-spread VSC
  • 11
    Disposable Experimentation
  • 11
    Role-based codelines
  • 7
    Frictionless Context Switching
  • 6
    Data Assurance
  • 5
    Efficient
  • 4
    Just awesome
  • 3
    Easy branching and merging
  • 3
    Github integration
  • 2
    Possible to lose history and commits
  • 2
    Compatible
  • 2
    Flexible
  • 1
    Team Integration
  • 1
    Light
  • 1
    Easy
  • 1
    Fast, scalable, distributed revision control system
  • 1
    Rebase supported natively; reflog; access to plumbing
  • 1
    Flexible, easy, Safe, and fast
  • 1
    CLI is great, but the GUI tools are awesome
  • 1
    It's what you do
  • 0
    Phinx
  • 3
    Great for Enterprise level use
  • 2
    Powerful
  • 2
    Robust
  • 1
    Scalable

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Cons of Git
Cons of Perforce
  • 16
    Hard to learn
  • 11
    Inconsistent command line interface
  • 9
    Easy to lose uncommitted work
  • 7
    Worst documentation ever possibly made
  • 5
    Awful merge handling
  • 3
    Unexistent preventive security flows
  • 3
    Rebase hell
  • 2
    When --force is disabled, cannot rebase
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    Ironically even die-hard supporters screw up badly
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    What is 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.

    What is Perforce?

    Visibility, access control, workflow and code management for Git environments. Flexibility of collaborating on the same codebase and code reviews using any combination of Perforce and Git workflows and tools without compromise.

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