Git vs Mercurial: What are the differences?
What is Git? Fast, scalable, distributed revision control system. Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.
What is Mercurial? A distributed version control system. Mercurial is dedicated to speed and efficiency with a sane user interface. It is written in Python. Mercurial's implementation and data structures are designed to be fast. You can generate diffs between revisions, or jump back in time within seconds.
Git and Mercurial can be primarily classified as "Version Control System" tools.
"Distributed version control system" is the top reason why over 1441 developers like Git, while over 15 developers mention "Easy-to-grasp system with nice tools" as the leading cause for choosing Mercurial.
Git is an open source tool with 28.1K GitHub stars and 16.3K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Git's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Git has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3932 company stacks & 4776 developers stacks; compared to Mercurial, which is listed in 26 company stacks and 16 developer stacks.
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