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Git vs SourceTree: What are the differences?

Git: 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; 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.

Git and SourceTree are primarily classified as "Version Control System" and "Source Code Management Desktop Apps" tools respectively.

"Distributed version control system", "Efficient branching and merging" and "Fast" are the key factors why developers consider Git; whereas "Visual history and branch view", "Beautiful UI" and "Easy repository browsing" are the primary reasons why SourceTree is favored.

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.

According to the StackShare community, Git has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3934 company stacks & 4789 developers stacks; compared to SourceTree, which is listed in 618 company stacks and 415 developer stacks.

Decisions about Git and SourceTree

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 Git
Pros of SourceTree
  • 1.4K
    Distributed version control system
  • 1.1K
    Efficient branching and merging
  • 964
  • 846
    Open source
  • 728
    Better than svn
  • 367
    Great command-line application
  • 306
  • 291
  • 232
    Easy to use
  • 222
    Does not require server
  • 27
  • 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
  • 4
    Just awesome
  • 3
    Easy branching and merging
  • 3
    Github integration
  • 2
  • 2
    Possible to lose history and commits
  • 1
    Rebase supported natively; reflog; access to plumbing
  • 1
    리속도가 빨라요
  • 1
    처리속도가 빨라요
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
    Team Integration
  • 1
    Fast, scalable, distributed revision control system
  • 1
  • 1
    Flexible, easy, Safe, and fast
  • 1
    CLI is great, but the GUI tools are awesome
  • 1
  • 1
    It's what you do
  • 0
  • 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 Git
Cons of SourceTree
  • 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
  • 2
    Ironically even die-hard supporters screw up badly
  • 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 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 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 Git and SourceTree?
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.
SVN (Subversion)
Subversion exists to be universally recognized and adopted as an open-source, centralized version control system characterized by its reliability as a safe haven for valuable data; the simplicity of its model and usage; and its ability to support the needs of a wide variety of users and projects, from individuals to large-scale enterprise operations.
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.
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.
Mercurial is dedicated to speed and efficiency with a sane user interface. It is written in Python. Mercurial's implementation and data structures are designed to be fast. You can generate diffs between revisions, or jump back in time within seconds.
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How developers use Git and SourceTree
papaver uses

been an avid git user for over 6 years. was a little hard to grasp coming from the world of perforce but once it hit me that it was just a glorified patch manager everything fell into place. mainly use the command line interface, most ui's feel bulky and weak.

Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses

Git has rendered itself to be an integral part of all development at JustChunks. We heavily rely on Git as our version-control-system of choice and use branches, tags and decentralized-development to achieve our software-management-goals.

Jonathan Bro uses

I use Git because there is nothing else that seems better for backup and working with other developers. However, the learning curve is high and there are times when non-developers must also know how to use git.

Mountain Stream Software uses

the next generation of version control, all others follow older outdated models. Open Source, no fees to use. Can hoist up your own internal server. Can live on a thumb drive. Developers can share from any OS.

Eldoria uses

Git ist ein essentieller Bestandteil unserer Entwicklungsteams. Sei es zur Versionskontrolle, Backupen von Code, dem gemeinsamen arbeiten an Projekten. Durch Git Flow haben wir eine effektive Arbeitsweise.

Promethean TV uses

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

Kane Blueriver uses

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

Ralic Lo uses

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

vgorloff uses

Using Git when command line is not suitable.

Danai Sookcharoen uses

Manage Project with GIT source code control