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We performed a comparison between Atlassian SourceTree and GitHub 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. GitHub Report (Updated: November 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."

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"The versioning of the code and the tracking of changes are definitely some of my top features.""The product has a very user-friendly interface and user-friendly security.""We are finding GitHub is very stable.""I use this solution to store my code in a repository so we can manage version control which is useful.""The solution has been stable for us.""The solution is scalable.""This product is very good for storing and versioning code.""Has great integration with third-party tools."

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"I have had a food experience with Atlassian SourceTree but it might not be for everyone."

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"While using the solution when merging two code branches the code becomes a bit messy. This should be improved in the future.""There is a bit of a learning curve.""The project management sector really needs some improvement for GitHub. I don't know if GitHub made sense for me as a project manager.""The UI is a little outdated, so that could be improved.""The GitHub repository needs an upgraded user interface and overall UI improvements.""GitHub could add some more security features.""GitHub could add more security features. I am not sure how secure it is. If they provide more security features, then it can be used in more official applications.""The user interface on GitLab is better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Atlassian SourceTree is a free solution."
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  • "It is open-source. There is no license for GitHub."
  • "The price of this solution is reasonable."
  • "If there are only 10 people using a particular repository, then GitHub is free. But if we increase the number of users, we need to pay the normal charge for GitHub."
  • "We have an enterprise licensing agreement, and I am not part of the finance department so I can't say how much it costs."
  • "I haven't had to pay anything for GitHub, I use the free version."
  • "The licensing model for GitHub is user-based. Whenever the new developer joins we have to get a new license and register their ID. The overall price of the solution is reasonable."
  • "The licensing model from GitHub is very clear."
  • "There are no licensing fees for the features that we use."
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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:The product has a very user-friendly interface and user-friendly security.
    Top Answer:I personally use the free version. the company has the enterprise version of the solution. I'm not a part of the licensing process internally and therefore do not have details in regards to how much… more »
    Top Answer:There is a bit of a learning curve. At first, you'll have to do some searching online to figure out how to perform or reverse certain actions. When we have new team members, they tend to send you a… 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."

    GitHub is a web-based Git repository hosting service. It offers all of the distributed revision control and source code management (SCM) functionality of Git as well as adding its own features. Unlike Git, which is strictly a command-line tool, GitHub provides a Web-based graphical interface and desktop as well as mobile integration. It also provides access control and several collaboration features such as bug tracking, feature requests, task management, and wikis for every project.
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    Facebook, NASA, Cisco, eBay, Redfin, Toyota, Kaiser Permanente, Gilt, CSIRO, Autodesk, The Daily Telegraph, CODE, Illumnia,
    Dominion Enterprises, NASA, Braintree, SAP, CyberAgent
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Company Size
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    Atlassian SourceTree vs. GitHub
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Atlassian SourceTree vs. GitHub and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Atlassian SourceTree is ranked 4th in Version Control with 1 review while GitHub is ranked 2nd in Version Control with 52 reviews. Atlassian SourceTree is rated 9.0, while GitHub is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Atlassian SourceTree writes "Helpful interface, simple installation, and free to use". On the other hand, the top reviewer of GitHub writes "The forking feature allows us to release a specific set of features to the environment. ". Atlassian SourceTree is most compared with Bitbucket, Git, Bitbucket Server, AWS CodeCommit and IBM Rational ClearCase, whereas GitHub is most compared with AWS CodeCommit, Helix Core, IBM Rational ClearCase, Bitbucket and Liquibase. See our Atlassian SourceTree vs. GitHub report.

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