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We performed a comparison between Atlassian SourceTree and Bitbucket based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Version Control solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Atlassian SourceTree vs. Bitbucket report (Updated: September 2022).
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"The interface is very good and is easy to use. It tells you when you've committed, when you've uploaded, and gives you the differences.""The most valuable feature is the ability to fix a broken repository merge."

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"Bitbucket is definitely a tool to consider if somebody is still on CVS. It is a great tool and well integrated with Bamboo.""The solution is easy to use. If I need to check out my latest code or I need to send my local code to the depositories it is simple. Overall it is has been a good experience from my side using this solution.""Bitbucket's most valuable feature is the web interface, which is useful compared to other tools, has a lot of features, and is intuitive.""The setup of Bitbucket is simple.""Bitbucket works fine for what I'm doing. It's slightly different from GitHub, but it's a good tool for storing code.""Bitbucket is a standard source code repository with all the features you would expect. It supports Git and SVN. It's an extensive tool that provides us with merging, branching, and change management capabilities. You can compare the changes with the current and previous versions.""We use Bitbucket for Jira, Confluence, and Jenkins and we have an automation pipeline. Whenever the coaching is done in Bitbucket we run an automation pipeline from the build, create installations, and tests all in one pipeline. It is done automatically.""Bitbucket lets me create new projects in a few clicks and check out files in a seamless and integrated manner."

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"I have had a food experience with Atlassian SourceTree but it might not be for everyone.""For everyday use, I am more comfortable using the command line interface, rather than using SourceTree."

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"Bitbucket's stability isn't flawless. It has crashed on me occasionally, but I haven't yet lost anything after a crash.""Bitbucket's usability and integration with other tools could be improved somewhat. My other issue is that Bitbucket, GitHub, GitLab, and all the other ones use slightly different jargon for the same things. They should come up with a standard language for all these tools.""Bitbucket's Initial setup is a little complicated because you need to install and configure the solution. It can take one or two days to deploy Bitbucket. If you have a high workload, you can deploy it on multiple server farms as needed""It goes well with other Atlassian solutions like Jira or Bamboo, but integration with other third-party solutions is more complex.""Sometimes we struggle with searching on repositories. It is a bit challenging sometimes to pinpoint the code or repositories when just filtering by repositories.""One of the areas the solution could improve on is when there is a merging conflict it is quite confusing. When I am having a merging conflict I get stuck on the page, then I need to search how to handle the particular problem. For example, finding what the commands are which can be used.""Bitbucket could improve its security. For example, the user access security could improve.""Bitbucket could improve pipeline building and deployment. Our deployments are not using the Bitbucket. Deployments we are going through Azure DevOps, but the integration is happening in Bitbucket."

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  • "There is a fee for using SourceTree."
  • "Atlassian SourceTree is a free solution."
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  • "We have approximately 40 licenses for Bitbucket."
  • "I understand Bitbucket's cost is on the higher side."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is the ability to fix a broken repository merge.
    Top Answer:For everyday use, I am more comfortable using the command line interface, rather than using SourceTree. The way our system works for software deployment, having to install this product is… more »
    Top Answer:We have a couple of different tools that allow us to tie source code changes to report bugs. It's integrated with a bug tracking system and also integrated with what requires a tracking system. So we… more »
    Top Answer:We use it on the cloud. It's the latest and greatest. You don't have to pay for maintenance and you get automatic updates and hardware and backups and all that nice stuff. I paid a little premium for… more »
    Top Answer:Even with the automation, we've had some situations where we've had mistakes. Developers have integrated code into the wrong place by mistake, so there's a fairly steep learning curve. Being in the… more »
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    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."

    Bitbucket is a team-oriented Git-based code hosting and collaboration solution. The best-in-class Jira and Trello integrations in Bitbucket are meant to bring the entire software team together to complete a project. Bitbucket gives your team a single location to collaborate on code from concept to cloud deployment, to generate quality code through automated testing, and to deploy code with confidence.

    There are three deployment options for Bitbucket:

    1. Bitbucket Cloud is a web-based version of Bitbucket that is hosted on Atlassian's servers and accessible via a URL. Pipelines, an exclusive built-in CI/CD tool in Bitbucket Cloud, allows you to create, test, and deploy directly from Bitbucket.

    2. Bitbucket Server is installed on your computer and runs in your environment. Bamboo, our robust CI/CD platform, has strong connections with Bitbucket Server, allowing you to totally automate your workflow. The license is unlimited.

    3. Bitbucket Data Center appears to users as a single instance of Bitbucket Server, but it is actually hosted on a cluster of servers in your environment.
    4. This has some advantages over Bitbucket Server:

    • Availability: If one cluster node fails, the remaining cluster node(s) can continue to service requests, resulting in little or no downtime for customers.
    • Performance at scale: A cluster of numerous Bitbucket Server-running machines can manage more traffic than a single system.
    • Mirroring: For distributed teams working with large repositories, smart mirroring can increase Git clone performance.

    Bitbucket Features

    Bitbucket has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Workflow control: This helps you to enforce a project or team workflow.
    • Cooperation: Pull requests with inline commentary for code review cooperation.
    • Customization: If you don't find what you're looking for in our Marketplace, you can use our full Rest API to create unique features for your workflow.
    • Jira and Trello integration: Bring order to the chaos and keep the entire software company informed. Access to Jira issues and Trello cards' branches, build status, commits, and status.
    • Code collaboration: From concept to cloud, code collaboration is a must. Create a merging checklist with designated approvers and check for passing builds before transitioning Jira issues based on pull request status.
    • Consistent delivery: With built-in continuous delivery, you can build and test automatically. Build, test, and deploy with Bitbucket Pipelines, our integrated CI/CD solution. Benefit from code-based configuration and quick feedback loops.
    • Simple deployment: Keep track of your deployments, preview them, and confidently promote them.
    • Code security: You can rest easy knowing your code is safe on the cloud, and you can use checks to prevent errors from occurring.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Bitbucket stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its robust traceability and user-friendly interface. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    One PeerSpot reviewer, a Developer III at an Information Technology at a energy/utilities company, writes, “Bitbucket has improved our organization because it has simplified and streamlined our developer communication code and review process. It is also much more visual.” He adds, “Bitbucket's traceability is great. Being able to see pool requests is just a great thing for collaboration.”

    Kajal P., Quality Assurance Manager at a tech services company, notes, “The solution is easy to use. If I need to check out my latest code or I need to send my local code to the depositories it is simple. Overall it has been a good experience from my side using this solution."

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    Sample Customers
    Facebook, NASA, Cisco, eBay, Redfin, Toyota, Kaiser Permanente, Gilt, CSIRO, Autodesk, The Daily Telegraph, CODE, Illumnia,
    Oscar Insurance, Fugro Roames, Splunk, Rakuten, Red Giant, Met Office, Trulia, Onfido, TriNet, Orbitz Worldwide, Ames Research Center, Sotheby's
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Recruiting/Hr Firm14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Company Size
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise47%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    Atlassian SourceTree vs. Bitbucket
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Atlassian SourceTree vs. Bitbucket and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Atlassian SourceTree is ranked 4th in Version Control with 2 reviews while Bitbucket is ranked 2nd in Version Control with 8 reviews. Atlassian SourceTree is rated 8.6, while Bitbucket is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Atlassian SourceTree writes "User-friendly, easy to scale, and it helps to fix problems with our code repository". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Bitbucket writes "Ability to see pool requests is great for collaboration; great traceability ". Atlassian SourceTree is most compared with GitHub, Git, Bitbucket Server, AWS CodeCommit and IBM Rational ClearCase, whereas Bitbucket is most compared with Bitbucket Server, AWS CodeCommit, Liquibase, IBM Rational ClearCase and GitHub. See our Atlassian SourceTree vs. Bitbucket report.

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