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Bitbucket vs GitBucket: What are the differences?

Developers describe Bitbucket as "One place to plan projects, collaborate on code, test and deploy, all with free private repositories". 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. On the other hand, GitBucket is detailed as "The easily installable Github clone powered by Scala". GitBucket provides a Github-like UI and features such as Git repository hosting via HTTP and SSH, repository viewer, issues, wiki and pull request.

Bitbucket and GitBucket can be categorized as "Code Collaboration & Version Control" tools.

Some of the features offered by Bitbucket are:

  • Unlimited private repositories, charged per user
  • Best-in-class Jira integration
  • Built-in CI/CD

On the other hand, GitBucket provides the following key features:

  • Public / Private Git repository (http and ssh access)
  • Repository viewer and online file editing
  • Repository search (Code and Issues)

"Free private repos" is the primary reason why developers consider Bitbucket over the competitors, whereas "Self hosted" was stated as the key factor in picking GitBucket.

GitBucket is an open source tool with 7.73K GitHub stars and 1.06K GitHub forks. Here's a link to GitBucket's open source repository on GitHub.

PayPal, Salesforce, and CircleCI are some of the popular companies that use Bitbucket, whereas GitBucket is used by 8ack GmbH, Koch Essen Kommunikation + Design GmbH, and DairyWindow. Bitbucket has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1749 company stacks & 1492 developers stacks; compared to GitBucket, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.

Decisions about Bitbucket and GitBucket
Elmar Wouters
CEO, Managing Director at Wouters Media · | 7 upvotes · 77.3K views

I first used BitBucket because it had private repo's, and it didn't disappoint me. Also with the smooth integration of Jira, the decision to use BitBucket as a full application maintenance service was as easy as 1, 2, 3.

I honestly love BitBucket, by the looks, by the UI, and the smooth integration with Tower.

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Weverton Timoteo

Do you review your Pull/Merge Request before assigning Reviewers?

If you work in a team opening a Pull Request (or Merge Request) looks appropriate. However, have you ever thought about opening a Pull/Merge Request when working by yourself? Here's a checklist of things you can review in your own:

  • Pick the correct target branch
  • Make Drafts explicit
  • Name things properly
  • Ask help for tools
  • Remove the noise
  • Fetch necessary data
  • Understand Mergeability
  • Pass the message
  • Add screenshots
  • Be found in the future
  • Comment inline in your changes

Read the blog post for more detailed explanation for each item :D

What else do you review before asking for code review?

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Weverton Timoteo

One of the magic tricks git performs is the ability to rewrite log history. You can do it in many ways, but git rebase -i is the one I most use. With this command, It’s possible to switch commits order, remove a commit, squash two or more commits, or edit, for instance.

It’s particularly useful to run it before opening a pull request. It allows developers to “clean up” the mess and organize commits before submitting to review. If you follow the practice 3 and 4, then the list of commits should look very similar to a task list. It should reveal the rationale you had, telling the story of how you end up with that final code.

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Pros of Bitbucket
Pros of GitBucket
  • 904
    Free private repos
  • 397
    Simple setup
  • 345
    Nice ui and tools
  • 340
    Unlimited private repositories
  • 239
    Affordable git hosting
  • 122
    Integrates with many apis and services
  • 118
    Reliable uptime
  • 85
    Nice gui
  • 83
    Pull requests and code reviews
  • 57
    Very customisable
  • 15
    Mercurial repositories
  • 13
    SourceTree integration
  • 10
    JIRA integration
  • 9
    Track every commit to an issue in JIRA
  • 7
    Best free alternative to Github
  • 7
    Automatically share repositories with all your teammates
  • 7
    Deployment hooks
  • 6
    Compatible with Mac and Windows
  • 5
    Source Code Insight
  • 4
    Create a wiki
  • 4
  • 4
    Login with Google
  • 4
    Approve pull request button
  • 3
    Customizable pipelines
  • 3
    #2 Atlassian Product after JIRA
  • 2
    Also supports Mercurial
  • 2
    Unlimited Private Repos at no cost
  • 2
    Continuous Integration and Delivery
  • 1
    Mercurial Support
  • 1
  • 1
    Issues tracker
  • 1
    Open source friendly
  • 1
  • 1
    Multilingual interface
  • 1
    Academic license program
  • 1
    IAM integration
  • 0
    Free Private Repositories
  • 8
    Self hosted
  • 7
    Open source
  • 6
    Familiar interface
  • 5
  • 5
    Simple setup
  • 2
    Cross platform
  • 1
    SSH keys
  • 1
  • 1

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Cons of Bitbucket
Cons of GitBucket
  • 19
    Not much community activity
  • 17
    Difficult to review prs because of confusing ui
  • 14
    Quite buggy
  • 10
    Managed by enterprise Java company
  • 8
    CI tool is not free of charge
  • 7
    Complexity with rights management
  • 6
    Only 5 collaborators for private repos
  • 4
    Slow performance
  • 2
    No AWS Codepipelines integration
  • 1
    No more Mercurial repositories
  • 1
    No server side git-hook support
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