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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.

Decisions about SourceTree and Tower

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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Pros of SourceTree
Pros of Tower
  • 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
  • 18
    Git
  • 16
    Just works
  • 10
    Version control
  • 6
    Awesome
  • 6
    Simple layout
  • 4
    Multiple windows
  • 3
    Multiple tabs
  • 3
    Automatic repo discovery
  • 2
    Gitflow support
  • 2
    Uses standard git terminology and methods
  • 2
    Submodule support
  • 2
    Interactive stage or discard by hunks or lines
  • 2
    Github integration
  • 2
    Full featured client
  • 1
    SAS

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Cons of SourceTree
Cons of Tower
  • 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
  • 4
    Subscription based
  • 4
    Expensive
  • 1
    No side by side diff
  • 0
    Merge conflict resolution impossible/unclear

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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.

What is Tower?

Use all of Git's powerful feature set - in a GUI that makes you more productive.

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What are some alternatives to SourceTree and Tower?
GitKraken
The downright luxurious Git client for Windows, Mac and Linux. Cross-platform, 100% standalone, and free.
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.
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.
Fork
Manage your repositories without leaving the application. Organize the repositores into categories. Fork's Diff Viewer provides a clear view to spot the changes in your source code quickly.
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.
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