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Atlassian SourceTree is #4 ranked solution in top Version Control tools. PeerSpot users give Atlassian SourceTree an average rating of 8.6 out of 10. Atlassian SourceTree is most commonly compared to GitHub: Atlassian SourceTree vs GitHub. Atlassian SourceTree is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 63% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 24% of all views.
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What is Atlassian SourceTree?

Atlassian SourceTree is a graphical user interface (GUI) desktop client that facilitates user interaction with Git repositories. SourceTree provides a visual interface that is easy to use and intuitive. It allows developers to save a lot of command lines when working with Git.

The tool is free and works as a Git client for Windows and Mac OS. You can visualize and manage your repositories via the simple GUI. The client offers an efficient and consistent development process for Git and Mercurial.

Atlassian SourceTree Key Features

  • Branch management: Typically, managing branches is a time-consuming and tedious process for project managers and developers. With SourceTree, you can switch working copies with a single click. You can also see where you are compared with the version in the repository, alerting you to push or pull.

  • Working copy: Developers who work using the command line often lack visibility. Access the “working copy” section to see the difference between your local copy and the version in the Git repository. This feature allows you to see exactly what has changed.

  • Branch history: the History section displays the full history of the branch, displaying each commit and file change. This feature enables smooth version control.

  • GitFlow: GitFlow organizes the workflow, streamlining parallel code changes and reducing merge conflicts.

Atlassian SourceTree Benefits

  • Any level user can use SourceTree: beginners and experts benefit from the visibility and streamlined workflows of SourceTree. Beginners benefit from the simplified version control. Experts can review changesets and stash and pick between branches. Senior programmers can customize changeset and stashes, apply patches, rebase or shelve changesets. The tool offers detailed tutorials to help beginners and experts start quickly. Other benefits for beginners include easy access to commands with one click and simplified distributed version control.

  • Code visibility: the visualization of the Git process enables users to manage large projects with multiple branches and commits. SourceTree automatically tracks the activity of your code. It also features bookmarks where you can see a summarized view of all projects and repositories. Therefore, you can check a specific branch or commit with a single click. Finally, it features detailed branching diagrams that make it easy to follow the process.

  • Git and Hg support: the fully-featured GUI supports Git and Mercurial, offering a consistent development process from the start. You can also use SourceTree for a project on Github. Start by creating the project on Github, then connect it to the SourceTree software.

  • Free: the SourceTree tool is free to use, even for commercial uses, without buying a license.

  • Supports Git LFS: users can track large assets and submit code from a single dashboard.

  • Subordinated modules: you can use submodules for hand-picked dependencies and manage and group projects.

Atlassian SourceTree Use Cases

  • Check-in and check-out code using the client-side application.
  • You can also use SourceTree to repair broken Git repositories because you can easily detect mistakes at a glance.
  • The simple and intuitive user interface allows users to search for and clone remote repositories.

Reviews from Real Users

A Program Manager/Engineer at a government says, "The most valuable feature is the ability to fix a broken repository merge… This product has helped because we have been able to fix problems when our code repository breaks."

Atlassian SourceTree Customers

Facebook, NASA, Cisco, eBay, Redfin, Toyota, Kaiser Permanente, Gilt, CSIRO, Autodesk, The Daily Telegraph, CODE, Illumnia,

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it_user448362 - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Developer at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
I like the way that the number of changes waiting for a 'pull' or a 'push' appear next to the icons. It is not always so easy to find the functionality you are looking for.

What is most valuable?

Importing existing XML files or full test suites to the projects is a valuable feature. The test summary is very useful and intuitive. The responses have very short latency.

I like the view of the changes made in the Working Copy. It is very clear and supports undoing specific changes before committing. I like the automatic merge of conflicting files and the general behavior with conflicts. The 'Tag' option is very simple and intuitive. You can easily configure an additional merging tool to help you with your complicated conflicts, I use KDiff3. I think the options of creating new branches and switching between existing branches are very fast and easy. In my previous job we used Perforce and I thought it wasn't as good in these areas. I like the way that the number of changes waiting for a 'pull' or a 'push' appear next to the icons.

How has it helped my organization?

I was doing a very complex file change merge using SourceTree and it took me less than half of the time I estimated. All of the automatic conflicts resolved were very good and the serious conflict were very easy to find and fix.

What needs improvement?

I think the console can be improved, to allow more shortcuts (for example- supporting dragging a file from the Working Copy to the console ).
Another small improvement I can thick about: allow creating folders to divide the branches and stashes, this is a very simple change that will make things clear.

The UI can be improved because it is not always so easy to find the functionality you are looking for.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There were no issues deploying it for us.

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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've experienced no issues with performance.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It can be difficult to gather data on large Geneos estates.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We tested a big portion of our online API product using SoapUI and it was very fast and efficient.

What other advice do I have?

Try to make the product as intuitive as possible, with graphs and nice GUI design, sometimes the history of the working flow can be very complex, a clear graph that describes the merges between the branches makes thing a lot easier to understand. Try to implement good merge process, as automated as possible.

Make sure the SOAP requests are as efficient as possible, this is the most important for the users.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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