SourceTree vs Tower: What are the differences?
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.
What is Tower? The most powerful Git client for Mac & Windows. Use all of Git's powerful feature set - in a GUI that makes you more productive.
SourceTree and Tower can be categorized as "Source Code Management Desktop Apps" tools.
Some of the features offered by SourceTree are:
- 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.
On the other hand, Tower provides the following key features:
- Clone & create repos with a click - Manage your GitHub, Bitbucket & Beanstalk accounts from within Tower
- Open repos quickly - Tower's "Quick Open" dialog finds and opens repositories in no time
- Automate the boring stuff - Fetching and stashing are automatically done for you, if you wish
"Visual history and branch view" is the primary reason why developers consider SourceTree over the competitors, whereas "Git" was stated as the key factor in picking Tower.
9GAG, Zillow, and Coderus are some of the popular companies that use SourceTree, whereas Tower is used by Coderus, WILD, and Paw. SourceTree has a broader approval, being mentioned in 618 company stacks & 414 developers stacks; compared to Tower, which is listed in 31 company stacks and 16 developer stacks.
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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Used by various PrometheanTV technical staff to interface and interact with the Git Source Control service.
Since being familiar to git CLI, I nearly never open it again except using it as a diff tool.
Used Source Tree to maintain version / commit / pull request , merge of codes for a team.