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GitHub vs SourceTree: 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 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.

GitHub can be classified as a tool in the "Code Collaboration & Version Control" category, while SourceTree is grouped under "Source Code Management Desktop Apps".

Some of the features offered by GitHub are:

  • Command Instructions
  • Source Browser
  • Git Powered Wikis

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.

"Open source friendly", "Easy source control" and "Nice UI" are the key factors why developers consider GitHub; whereas "Visual history and branch view", "Beautiful UI" and "Easy repository browsing" are the primary reasons why SourceTree is favored.

Airbnb, Netflix, and Medium are some of the popular companies that use GitHub, whereas SourceTree is used by 9GAG, Typeform, and Zillow. GitHub has a broader approval, being mentioned in 4712 company stacks & 6092 developers stacks; compared to SourceTree, which is listed in 618 company stacks and 414 developer stacks.

Decisions about GitHub 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

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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Pros of GitHub
Pros of SourceTree
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    Open source friendly
  • 1.5K
    Easy source control
  • 1.2K
    Nice UI
  • 1.1K
    Great for team collaboration
  • 857
    Easy setup
  • 496
    Issue tracker
  • 478
    Great community
  • 475
    Remote team collaboration
  • 444
    Great way to share
  • 436
    Pull request and features planning
  • 139
    Just works
  • 125
    Integrated in many tools
  • 112
    Free Public Repos
  • 106
    Github Gists
  • 103
    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
  • 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 GitHub
Cons of SourceTree
  • 45
    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
  • 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 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 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 GitHub and SourceTree?
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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Reviews of GitHub and SourceTree
Staff Software Engineer
Review of
GitHub

For starters you can fork a repo, edit it online and send a pull request which is huge if its something very small that you want to commit. The whole pull request system, the UI and the UX are great. If I sent out a pull request that failed on travis CI then all I need to do is fix it in my fork and the original pull request will have these updates as well making it super easy for everyone involved. Overall a great service.

Review of
GitHub

I love GitHub! They provide a completely free service for hosting, storing, and collaborating on code. Seriously, if you aren't using them, go sign up now.

Review of
GitHub

Great collaboration-friendly git repository hosting. Plus integration with all sorts of other stuff, like Travis CI. But the command bar has disappeared...

Science
Review of
GitHub

It's the best tools I have ever used.

How developers use GitHub and SourceTree
Airbnb uses
GitHub

"Having a CI server building all commits across all branches was a huge first step, but to make this useful we needed to surface the outcome of these builds. This is where GitHub’s commit status API comes in. Every time our CI server begins a build, it pings GitHub’s commit status endpoint, and every time it completes a build it hits the endpoint again with the outcome. Now every open PR includes a yellow/red/green indicator for the branch in question, with a direct link to the build status page on our CI server. In practice this means more transparency, faster feedback cycles, and a guarantee that every branch merged into master has a passing test suite. This integration has been a huge help in keeping our master branch green, and has thus greatly reduced our deploy times (since engineers aren’t waiting on build failures to be resolved in master)."

yaswanthgoud3235 uses
GitHub

GitHub is a Web-based Git version control repository hosting service. It is mostly used for computer code. It offers all of the distributed version control and source code management (SCM) functionality of Git as well as adding its own features. It provides access control and several collaboration features such as bug tracking, feature requests, task management, and wikis for every project

Instacart uses
GitHub

Yeah, so we use GitHub, and we basically use a variant of continuous deployment where when anyone merges in a feature that they’ve finished with, they ship it immediately, and we bundle it up as a build pack and send it to all of our EC2 servers... Any developer on the team can trigger a build and deploy at any time. So on a given day, we probably deploy 20 or 30 times to prod.

StackShare uses
GitHub

One thing I really wish GitHub had: Trello-style kanban for Issues. There are a bunch of services and tools that add Kanban to GitHub Issues. But Trello just seems far better. If GitHub had it’s own kanban tool, I’d probably use it. Right now it’s pretty painful to try to tie cards to commits manually (when/if we remember to).

shridhardalavi uses
GitHub

GitHub is a web-based hosting service for version control using Git. It offers all of the distributed version control and source code management (SCM) functionality of Git as well as adding its own features. It provides access control and several collaboration features such as bug tracking, feature requests, task management, and wikis for every project.

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