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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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Kamaleshwar BN
Senior Software Engineer at Pulley · | 8 upvotes · 442.7K 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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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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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 SourceTree
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    Open source friendly
  • 1.5K
    Easy source control
  • 1.2K
    Nice UI
  • 1.1K
    Great for team collaboration
  • 863
    Easy setup
  • 502
    Issue tracker
  • 484
    Great community
  • 480
    Remote team collaboration
  • 448
    Great way to share
  • 441
    Pull request and features planning
  • 144
    Just works
  • 131
    Integrated in many tools
  • 117
    Free Public Repos
  • 112
    Github Gists
  • 108
    Github pages
  • 81
    Easy to find repos
  • 61
    Open source
  • 58
    Easy to find projects
  • 58
    It's free
  • 56
    Network effect
  • 48
    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
  • 9
    Standard in Open Source collab
  • 9
    Newsfeed
  • 8
    It integrates directly with Hipchat
  • 7
    Fast
  • 7
    Beautiful user experience
  • 6
    Cloud SCM
  • 6
    Easy to discover new code libraries
  • 5
    Integrations
  • 5
    Smooth integration
  • 5
    It's awesome
  • 5
    Graphs
  • 5
    Nice API
  • 4
    Hands down best online Git service available
  • 4
    Remarkable uptime
  • 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
    Easy and efficient maintainance of the projects
  • 1
    Owned by micrcosoft
  • 1
    Good tools support
  • 1
    Free private repos
  • 1
    Beautiful
  • 1
    Very Easy to Use
  • 1
    Free HTML hostings
  • 1
    Self Hosted
  • 1
    All in one development service
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Good
  • 1
    Easy source control and everything is backed up
  • 1
    Leads the copycats
  • 1
    Never dethroned
  • 1
    Ci
  • 1
    Issues tracker
  • 1
    Easy deployment via SSH
  • 1
    IAM
  • 1
    IAM integration
  • 0
    Profound
  • 0
    1
  • 205
    Visual history and branch view
  • 162
    Beautiful UI
  • 134
    Easy repository browsing
  • 86
    Gitflow support
  • 74
    Interactive stage or discard by hunks or lines
  • 21
    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
    Log only one file
  • 1
    Search file content

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Cons of GitHub
Cons of SourceTree
  • 50
    Owned by micrcosoft
  • 37
    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
  • 2
    Does not have a graph for showing history like git lens
  • 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)
  • 4
    Extremely slow
  • 4
    No dark theme (Windows)
  • 2
    Freezes quite frequently
  • 2
    Can't scale window from top corners
  • 2
    Requires bitbucket account
  • 2
    UI blinking
  • 2
    Doesn't differentiate submodules from parent repos
  • 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
    Generally hard to like
  • 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)

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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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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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