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GitHub vs TortoiseGit: What are the differences?

GitHub and TortoiseGit are both popular tools used for version control and collaboration on software development projects. Let's explore the key differences between them.

  1. Hosting Platform: The most significant difference between GitHub and TortoiseGit is that GitHub is a cloud-based hosting platform for code repositories, while TortoiseGit is a client-based interface for the Git version control system. This means that GitHub allows users to host their code online and collaborate with others, while TortoiseGit focuses more on providing a user-friendly interface for working with Git locally on a developer's machine.

  2. User Interface: GitHub provides a web-based user interface, making it accessible from any device with an internet connection. On the other hand, TortoiseGit integrates directly into Windows Explorer, allowing developers to interact with their Git repositories using familiar file-explorer interactions. This makes TortoiseGit more suitable for developers who prefer working within the Windows environment and want a seamless integration with their existing workflows.

  3. Collaboration Features: GitHub offers powerful collaboration features, such as pull requests, issue tracking, and project management tools. These features make it easier for teams to work together, review code changes, and manage tasks. In contrast, TortoiseGit focuses primarily on the version control aspects of Git and does not provide built-in collaboration features. Developers using TortoiseGit might need to rely on other tools or platforms for collaboration and project management.

  4. Access Control: GitHub allows users to set up access control mechanisms, such as permissions and branch protection rules, to ensure that only authorized individuals can make changes to a repository. It also provides options for managing teams and organizations with different levels of access. TortoiseGit, being a client-based interface, relies on the underlying Git system for access control, which typically requires users to have appropriate permissions set up on the Git server.

  5. Community and Integration: GitHub has a large and active community of developers, making it easy to discover and contribute to open-source projects. It also integrates well with various development tools, such as continuous integration and deployment platforms, code editors, and project management tools. While TortoiseGit does not have its own community platform, it can be used with any Git server or repository, allowing developers to benefit from the broader Git community and its integration ecosystem.

  6. Pricing and Cost: GitHub offers various pricing plans, including free options for open-source projects and small teams, as well as paid plans with additional features for larger organizations. TortoiseGit, being an open-source client for Git, is free to use. However, it's worth noting that the cost of using Git, including any associated server or hosting infrastructure, may be applicable depending on the chosen setup.

In summary, GitHub is a popular cloud-based platform that provides Git repository hosting, collaboration features, issue tracking, and project management tools, enabling teams to collaborate on code development and manage software projects efficiently. TortoiseGit, on the other hand, is a Git client for Windows that integrates with the Windows Shell, providing a graphical user interface (GUI) for interacting with Git repositories directly from the file explorer, making it a convenient option for Windows users who prefer a desktop-based Git client.

Decisions about GitHub and TortoiseGit
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 · 669.9K 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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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 TortoiseGit
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    Open source friendly
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    Easy source control
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    Nice UI
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    Great for team collaboration
  • 867
    Easy setup
  • 504
    Issue tracker
  • 486
    Great community
  • 483
    Remote team collaboration
  • 451
    Great way to share
  • 442
    Pull request and features planning
  • 147
    Just works
  • 132
    Integrated in many tools
  • 121
    Free Public Repos
  • 116
    Github Gists
  • 112
    Github pages
  • 83
    Easy to find repos
  • 62
    Open source
  • 60
    It's free
  • 60
    Easy to find projects
  • 56
    Network effect
  • 49
    Extensive API
  • 43
    Organizations
  • 42
    Branching
  • 34
    Developer Profiles
  • 32
    Git Powered Wikis
  • 30
    Great for collaboration
  • 24
    It's fun
  • 23
    Clean interface and good integrations
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    Community SDK involvement
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    Learn from others source code
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    Because: Git
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    It integrates directly with Azure
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    Standard in Open Source collab
  • 10
    Newsfeed
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    It integrates directly with Hipchat
  • 8
    Fast
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    Beautiful user experience
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    Easy to discover new code libraries
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    Smooth integration
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    Cloud SCM
  • 6
    Nice API
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    Graphs
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    Integrations
  • 6
    It's awesome
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    Quick Onboarding
  • 5
    Reliable
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    Remarkable uptime
  • 5
    CI Integration
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    Hands down best online Git service available
  • 4
    Uses GIT
  • 4
    Version Control
  • 4
    Simple but powerful
  • 4
    Unlimited Public Repos at no cost
  • 4
    Free HTML hosting
  • 4
    Security options
  • 4
    Loved by developers
  • 4
    Easy to use and collaborate with others
  • 3
    Ci
  • 3
    IAM
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    Nice to use
  • 3
    Easy deployment via SSH
  • 2
    Easy to use
  • 2
    Leads the copycats
  • 2
    All in one development service
  • 2
    Free private repos
  • 2
    Free HTML hostings
  • 2
    Easy and efficient maintainance of the projects
  • 2
    Beautiful
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    Easy source control and everything is backed up
  • 2
    IAM integration
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    Very Easy to Use
  • 2
    Good tools support
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    Issues tracker
  • 2
    Never dethroned
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    Self Hosted
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    Dasf
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    Profound
  • 4
    Turns Explorer into a git client
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    Free

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Cons of GitHub
Cons of TortoiseGit
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    Owned by micrcosoft
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    Expensive for lone developers that want private repos
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    Relatively slow product/feature release cadence
  • 10
    API scoping could be better
  • 9
    Only 3 collaborators for private repos
  • 4
    Limited featureset for issue management
  • 3
    Does not have a graph for showing history like git lens
  • 2
    GitHub Packages does not support SNAPSHOT versions
  • 1
    No multilingual interface
  • 1
    Takes a long time to commit
  • 1
    Expensive
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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 TortoiseGit?

    It is a Git revision control client, implemented as a Windows shell extension and based on TortoiseSVN. It is free software released under the GNU General Public License.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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