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Gerrit Code Review vs Tower: What are the differences?

Developers describe Gerrit Code Review as "OpenSource Git Code Review Tool". Gerrit is a self-hosted pre-commit code review tool. It serves as a Git hosting server with option to comment incoming changes. It is highly configurable and extensible with default guarding policies, webhooks, project access control and more. On the other hand, Tower is detailed as "The most powerful Git client for Mac & Windows". Use all of Git's powerful feature set - in a GUI that makes you more productive.

Gerrit Code Review can be classified as a tool in the "Code Review" category, while Tower is grouped under "Source Code Management Desktop Apps".

Some of the features offered by Gerrit Code Review are:

  • git repository hosting
  • pre-commit code review
  • commenting on diffs

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

"Cleaner repository story" is the primary reason why developers consider Gerrit Code Review over the competitors, whereas "Git" was stated as the key factor in picking Tower.

Coderus, WILD, and Paw are some of the popular companies that use Tower, whereas Gerrit Code Review is used by Citrix, Midokura, and Wonga.com. Tower has a broader approval, being mentioned in 29 company stacks & 16 developers stacks; compared to Gerrit Code Review, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.

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What is Gerrit Code Review?

Gerrit is a self-hosted pre-commit code review tool. It serves as a Git hosting server with option to comment incoming changes. It is highly configurable and extensible with default guarding policies, webhooks, project access control and more.

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 Gerrit Code Review and Tower?
    GitLab
    GitLab offers git repository management, code reviews, issue tracking, activity feeds and wikis. Enterprises install GitLab on-premise and connect it with LDAP and Active Directory servers for secure authentication and authorization. A single GitLab server can handle more than 25,000 users but it is also possible to create a high availability setup with multiple active servers.
    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.
    ESLint
    A pluggable and configurable linter tool for identifying and reporting on patterns in JavaScript. Maintain your code quality with ease.
    SonarQube
    SonarQube provides an overview of the overall health of your source code and even more importantly, it highlights issues found on new code. With a Quality Gate set on your project, you will simply fix the Leak and start mechanically improving.
    Code Climate
    After each Git push, Code Climate analyzes your code for complexity, duplication, and common smells to determine changes in quality and surface technical debt hotspots.
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    Decisions about Gerrit Code Review and Tower
    Cees Timmerman
    Cees Timmerman
    Software Engineer | 6 upvotes 22.4K views
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    Windows
    SourceTree
    SourceTree
    GitKraken
    GitKraken
    Tower
    Tower

    Tower appears to be between GitKraken and SourceTree in detail, but gave two scary error dialogs when attempting to merge resulted in a conflict. Doing the same in SourceTree just worked and showed the conflict in its handy file view that's always visible (unlike Tower's mere "Merge branch 'X' into develop" message when the commit is selected).

    Both GitKraken and Tower lack the commit hash in their history overview, requiring one to select a commit to see it.

    GitKraken appears to be the only Windows 10 Git GUI suitable for night shifts, but like Tower is only free for 30 days, unlike SourceTree.

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