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GitHub vs Gitter: What are the differences?

What is GitHub? Powerful collaboration, review, and code management for open source and private development projects. 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.

What is Gitter? Messaging for people who make software. Integrated with your team, projects and your code. Free chat rooms for your public repositories A bit like IRC only smarter. Chats for private repositories as well as organisations..

GitHub can be classified as a tool in the "Code Collaboration & Version Control" category, while Gitter is grouped under "Group Chat & Notifications".

Some of the features offered by GitHub are:

  • Command Instructions
  • Source Browser
  • Git Powered Wikis

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

  • Know who's seen any message
  • Edit messages after you've sent them
  • Full emoji support

"Open source friendly" is the primary reason why developers consider GitHub over the competitors, whereas "Github integration" was stated as the key factor in picking Gitter.

According to the StackShare community, GitHub has a broader approval, being mentioned in 4714 company stacks & 6099 developers stacks; compared to Gitter, which is listed in 25 company stacks and 41 developer stacks.

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From a StackShare Community member: “We’re about to start a chat group for our open source project (over 5K stars on GitHub) so we can let our community collaborate more closely. The obvious choice would be Slack (k8s and a ton of major projects use it), but we’ve seen Gitter (webpack uses it) for a lot of open source projects, Discord (Vue.js moved to them), and as of late I’m seeing Spectrum more and more often. Does anyone have experience with these or other alternatives? Is it even worth assessing all these options, or should we just go with Slack? Some things that are important to us: free, all the regular integrations (GitHub, Heroku, etc), mobile & desktop apps, and open source is of course a plus."

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Arnaud Lemercier
Expert En Dveloppement Web Et Systmes Dinformations, Designer UX, UI, Co-grant at Wixiweb · | 4 upvotes · 136.4K views
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We use Discord to tracking some action and errors (logs / alerting / assertion). it's free and simple to use with mobile application et notifications

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Rebecca Driscoll
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We use Slack to increase productivity by simplifying communication and putting Slack in the middle of our communication workflow #Communications #Collaboration

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Michael Ionita
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We use Slack because we can let "tools talk to us" and automate processes in our dev team using bots.

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Julien Tanay
Lead DevOps. Every day product hacker. at Dior · | 2 upvotes · 132.9K views
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Our Discord Server is our n°1 community stop; we gather feedback from our users from here, discuss about new features, announce new releases, and so on.

We even use it for internal meetings and calls !

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Decisions about GitHub and Gitter
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

Using an inclusive language is crucial for fostering a diverse culture. Git has changed the naming conventions to be more language-inclusive, and so you should change. Our development tools, like GitHub and GitLab, already supports the change.

SourceLevel deals very nicely with repositories that changed the master branch to a more appropriate word. Besides, you can use the grep linter the look for exclusive terms contained in the source code.

As the inclusive language gap may happen in other aspects of our lives, have you already thought about them?

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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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Kamaleshwar BN
Head of Engineering at Dibiz Pte. Ltd. · | 8 upvotes · 338.6K views

Out of most of the VCS solutions out there, we found Gitlab was the most feature complete with a free community edition. Their DevSecops offering is also a very robust solution. Gitlab CI/CD was quite easy to setup and the direct integration with your VCS + CI/CD is also a bonus. Out of the box integration with major cloud providers, alerting through instant messages etc. are all extremely convenient. We push our CI/CD updates to MS Teams.

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Gitlab as A LOT of features that GitHub and Azure DevOps are missing. Even if both GH and Azure are backed by Microsoft, GitLab being open source has a faster upgrade rate and the hosted by gitlab.com solution seems more appealing than anything else! Quick win: the UI is way better and the Pipeline is way easier to setup on GitLab!

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Nazar Atamaniuk
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At DeployPlace we use self-hosted GitLab, we have chosen GitLab as most of us are familiar with it. We are happy with all features GitLab provides, I can’t imagine our life without integrated GitLab CI. Another important feature for us is integrated code review tool, we use it every day, we use merge requests, code reviews, branching. To be honest, most of us have GitHub accounts as well, we like to contribute in open source, and we want to be a part of the tech community, but lack of solutions from GitHub in the area of CI doesn’t let us chose it for our projects.

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Pros of GitHub
Pros of Gitter
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    Open source friendly
  • 1.5K
    Easy source control
  • 1.2K
    Nice UI
  • 1.1K
    Great for team collaboration
  • 861
    Easy setup
  • 501
    Issue tracker
  • 484
    Great community
  • 480
    Remote team collaboration
  • 448
    Great way to share
  • 441
    Pull request and features planning
  • 144
    Just works
  • 130
    Integrated in many tools
  • 116
    Free Public Repos
  • 110
    Github Gists
  • 108
    Github pages
  • 81
    Easy to find repos
  • 60
    Open source
  • 58
    Easy to find projects
  • 56
    Network effect
  • 55
    It's free
  • 47
    Extensive API
  • 42
    Organizations
  • 41
    Branching
  • 33
    Developer Profiles
  • 32
    Git Powered Wikis
  • 29
    Great for collaboration
  • 23
    It's fun
  • 22
    Community SDK involvement
  • 21
    Clean interface and good integrations
  • 19
    Learn from others source code
  • 14
    It integrates directly with Azure
  • 14
    Because: Git
  • 13
    Wide acceptance
  • 10
    Large community
  • 9
    Newsfeed
  • 9
    Standard in Open Source collab
  • 8
    It integrates directly with Hipchat
  • 7
    Beautiful user experience
  • 7
    Fast
  • 6
    Easy to discover new code libraries
  • 6
    Cloud SCM
  • 5
    Graphs
  • 5
    Smooth integration
  • 5
    Nice API
  • 5
    Integrations
  • 5
    It's awesome
  • 4
    Remarkable uptime
  • 4
    Hands down best online Git service available
  • 4
    Reliable
  • 3
    Easy to use and collaborate with others
  • 3
    CI Integration
  • 3
    Free HTML hosting
  • 3
    Loved by developers
  • 3
    Quick Onboarding
  • 3
    Security options
  • 3
    Simple but powerful
  • 3
    Uses GIT
  • 3
    Unlimited Public Repos at no cost
  • 3
    Version Control
  • 2
    Nice to use
  • 1
    Free private repos
  • 1
    Easy deployment via SSH
  • 1
    Beautiful
  • 1
    Owned by micrcosoft
  • 1
    Free HTML hostings
  • 1
    Self Hosted
  • 1
    All in one development service
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Good tools support
  • 1
    Easy source control and everything is backed up
  • 1
    Leads the copycats
  • 1
    Never dethroned
  • 1
    Ci
  • 1
    Issues tracker
  • 1
    Easy and efficient maintainance of the projects
  • 1
    IAM
  • 1
    IAM integration
  • 0
    Profound
  • 0
    1
  • 63
    Github integration
  • 54
    Free
  • 45
    Markdown support
  • 19
    Markdown
  • 17
    Graceful integration
  • 16
    Project-oriented
  • 15
    MARKDOOOOWN
  • 12
    IRC bridge
  • 9
    Integrates with everything
  • 8
    LaTeX
  • 4
    Apps available for most platforms
  • 2
    Cross-repository issue reference
  • 2
    Github login
  • 1
    IRC support
  • 1
    My new fav'rite thing is on it
  • 1
    Very fast work
  • 1
    Very open
  • 1
    Now open source
  • 1
    Open source
  • 1
    Free unlimited archives
  • 1
    Open access (no invitation needed)
  • 1
    Single account for all communities
  • 1
    Free, open & free hosting

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Cons of GitHub
Cons of Gitter
  • 46
    Owned by micrcosoft
  • 36
    Expensive for lone developers that want private repos
  • 15
    Relatively slow product/feature release cadence
  • 10
    API scoping could be better
  • 8
    Only 3 collaborators for private repos
  • 3
    Limited featureset for issue management
  • 2
    GitHub Packages does not support SNAPSHOT versions
  • 1
    Have to use a token for the package registry
  • 1
    No multilingual interface
  • 1
    Takes a long time to commit
  • 2
    Sends data to US Gov

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What is 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.

What is Gitter?

Free chat rooms for your public repositories. A bit like IRC only smarter. Chats for private repositories as well as organisations.

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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.
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.
AWS CodeCommit
CodeCommit eliminates the need to operate your own source control system or worry about scaling its infrastructure. You can use CodeCommit to securely store anything from source code to binaries, and it works seamlessly with your existing Git tools.
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.
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.
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