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GitHub vs Jira: What are the differences?

GitHub: Powerful collaboration, review, and code management for open source and private development projects. 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; Jira: The #1 software development tool used by agile teams to plan, track, and release great software. Jira's secret sauce is the way it simplifies the complexities of software development into manageable units of work Jira comes out-of-the-box with everything agile teams need to ship value to customers faster..

GitHub and Jira are primarily classified as "Code Collaboration & Version Control" and "Issue Tracking" tools respectively.

"Open source friendly", "Easy source control" and "Nice UI" are the key factors why developers consider GitHub; whereas "Powerful", "Flexible" and "Easy separation of projects" are the primary reasons why Jira is favored.

Airbnb, Netflix, and Medium are some of the popular companies that use GitHub, whereas Jira is used by Pinterest, Twitter, and reddit. GitHub has a broader approval, being mentioned in 4714 company stacks & 6099 developers stacks; compared to Jira, which is listed in 2128 company stacks and 1530 developer stacks.

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What is 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.

What is Jira?

Jira's secret sauce is the way it simplifies the complexities of software development into manageable units of work. Jira comes out-of-the-box with everything agile teams need to ship value to customers faster.
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What are some alternatives to GitHub and Jira?
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.
Bitbucket
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.
AWS CodeCommit
CodeCommit eliminates the need to operate your own source control system or worry about scaling its infrastructure. You can use CodeCommit to securely store anything from source code to binaries, and it works seamlessly with your existing Git tools.
Git
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.
SVN (Subversion)
Subversion exists to be universally recognized and adopted as an open-source, centralized version control system characterized by its reliability as a safe haven for valuable data; the simplicity of its model and usage; and its ability to support the needs of a wide variety of users and projects, from individuals to large-scale enterprise operations.
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Decisions about GitHub and Jira
Johnny Bell
Johnny Bell
Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 7 upvotes · 38.9K views
atStackShareStackShare
Markdown
Markdown
GitHub
GitHub
Trello
Trello
Jira
Jira
#Massive
#Kanban
#Startup
#StackDecisionsLaunch
#TrelloPowerUps
#StoryPoints
#Agile

So I am a huge fan of JIRA like #massive I used it for many many years, and really loved it, used it personally and at work. I would suggest every new workplace that I worked at to switch to JIRA instead of what I was using.

When I started at #StackShare we were using a Trello #Kanban board and I was so shocked at how easy the workflow was to follow, create new tasks and get tasks QA'd and deployed. What was so great about this was it didn't come with all the complexity of JIRA. Like setting up a project, user rules etc. You are able to hit the ground running with Trello and get tasks started right away without being overwhelmed with the complexity of options in JIRA

With a few TrelloPowerUps we were easily able to add GitHub integration and storyPoints to our cards and thats all we needed to get a really nice agile workflow going.

I'm not saying that JIRA is not useful, I can see larger companies being able to use the JIRA features and have the time to go through all the complex setup to get a really good workflow going. But for smaller #Startups that want to hit the ground running Trello for me is the way to go.

In saying that what I would love Trello to implement is to allow me to create custom fields. Right now we just have a Description field. So I am adding User Stories & How To Test in the Markdown of the Description if I could have these as custom fields then my #Agile workflow would be complete.

#StackDecisionsLaunch

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uWSGI
uWSGI
PostgreSQL
PostgreSQL
Heroku
Heroku
Django
Django
Python
Python
GitHub
GitHub

I find I really like using GitHub because its issue tracker integrates really well into my project flow and the projects feature allows me to organize different efforts into boards. The automation features allow my issues to automatically progress through some states on the boards when I merge pull requests.

My Python / Django app is deployed on Heroku with PostgreSQL database and uWSGI webserver.

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Jaime Leonardo Suncin Cruz
Jaime Leonardo Suncin Cruz
GitLab
GitLab
GitHub
GitHub

Keep with GitHub if you feel comfortable, If you want to switch to other keep in mind the change of mindset and you will need time to adapt, i'm not saying that GitLab is bad or difficult just the opposite, but it can be overwhelming because it have more integrated features (I love this) than GitHub , what it means more configs available that you can mess up.

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Elisa Beshero-Bondar
Elisa Beshero-Bondar
Director, Center for the Digital Text at University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg · | 13 upvotes · 18.6K views
Trello
Trello
GitHub
GitHub

I use GitHub because it can handle all the project management (it's got a great built-in kanban for projects that integrate beautifully with Issues. Also line-comments on commits are super useful to us. The integrated environment is perfect, light-weight, and it's nice NOT to have to deal w/ project management with a tool like Trello outside of the codebase. It's good to have everything in one place.

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Handuo Zhang
Handuo Zhang
Phd Student at NTU · | 6 upvotes · 6.7K views
GitHub
GitHub

I use GitHub because since it was bought by Microsoft, some new features are being introduced in and most importantly, the git clone speed is usually much faster than gitlab. Gitlab is very good, I like the member permission function which is good for collaborative coding. But still I am more used to github interface.

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Budi Arsana
Budi Arsana
Programmer · | 13 upvotes · 9.9K views
atBunga MataBunga Mata
GitHub
GitHub

I prefer to use GitHub because their website speed is faster and the availability more reliable than the competitors, this is our top priority as GitHub is our core functionality we need to be able to operate in development. And since their new pricing make more sense and work for us as they are charging based on how many developers than repositories, this help us to keep our repositories smaller by dividing each codebase into specifics repositories.

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Aghmat Abrahams
Aghmat Abrahams
Junior Data Engineer at Impact Radius · | 5 upvotes · 15.1K views
Slack
Slack
OpsGenie
OpsGenie
GitHub
GitHub
Jira
Jira
Mattermost
Mattermost

Slack is the industry standard for managed instant messaging (IM). A good alternative would be to self (or cloud) host an open source IM such as Mattermost but as always it would be a good idea to do a cost benefit analysis between the solutions.

Some of the main things to consider:

  • Having a good SDK for plugin creation
  • Having good integrations with existing tools ( JIRA , GitHub , OpsGenie , etc.)
  • Cost
  • Maintenance and administration
  • Covers all your businesses use cases
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Priit Kaasik
Priit Kaasik
Engineering Lead at Katana MRP · | 7 upvotes · 48.5K views
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Sketch
Sketch
InVision
InVision
Slack
Slack
Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft Office 365
Jira
Jira
GitHub
GitHub
Bitbucket
Bitbucket
Confluence
Confluence

How we ended up choosing Confluence as our internal web / wiki / documentation platform at Katana.

It happened because we chose Bitbucket over GitHub . We had Katana's first hackaton to assemble and test product engineering platform. It turned out that at that time you could have Bitbucket's private repositories and a team of five people for free - Done!

This decision led us to using Bitbucket pipelines for CI, Jira for Kanban, and finally, Confluence. We also use Microsoft Office 365 and started with using OneNote, but SharePoint is still a nightmare product to use to collaborate, so OneNote had to go.

Now, when thinking of the key value of Confluence to Katana then it is Product Requirements Management. We use Page Properties macros, integrations (with Slack , InVision, Sketch etc.) to manage Product Roadmap, flash out Epic and User Stories.

We ended up with using Confluence because it is the best fit for our current engineering ecosystem.

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Petr Havlicek
Petr Havlicek
Freelancer at havlicekpetr.cz · | 11 upvotes · 10.2K views
Jira
Jira
#Trello

I use Jira because

  • It's used widely as the best SW dev tool
  • It's so easy to use
  • Flexible to configure
  • Great for tracking of tickets while leading meetings
  • Accessible from Everywhere

In overall, especially for large projects, Confluence is must. On the other hands, for small-mid size projects, #Trello is also great due to visualisation power.

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Tom Klein
Tom Klein
CEO at Gentlent · | 9 upvotes · 25.4K views
atGentlentGentlent
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
npm
npm
Varnish
Varnish
HAProxy
HAProxy
Kubernetes
Kubernetes
Docker
Docker
GitLab
GitLab
GitHub
GitHub
Git
Git

We're using Git through GitHub for public repositories and GitLab for our private repositories due to its easy to use features. Docker and Kubernetes are a must have for our highly scalable infrastructure complimented by HAProxy with Varnish in front of it. We are using a lot of npm and Visual Studio Code in our development sessions.

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David Ritsema
David Ritsema
Frontend Architect at Herman Miller · | 10 upvotes · 24.8K views
atHerman MillerHerman Miller
GitHub
GitHub
Confluence
Confluence
Jira
Jira

We knew how we wanted to build our Design System, now it was time to choose the tools to get us there. The essence of Scrum is a small team of people. The team is highly flexible and adaptive. Perfect, so we'll work in 2 week sprints where each sprint can be a mix of new R&D stories, a presentation of decisions made, and showcasing key development milestones.

We are also able to run content stories in parallel, focusing development efforts around key areas of the site that our authors need first. Our stories would exist in a Jira backlog, documentation would be hosted in Confluence , and GitHub would host our codebase. If developers identify technical improvements during the sprint, they can be added as GitHub issues and transferred to Jira if we decide to represent them as stories for the Backlog. For Sprint Retrospectives, @groupmap proved to be a great way to include our remote members of the dev team.

This worked well for our team and allowed us to be flexible in what we wanted to build and how we wanted to build it. As we further defined our Backlog and estimated each story, we could accurately measure the team's capacity (velocity) and confidently estimate a launch date.

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GitHub
GitHub
#Github
#Repositories
#GitHubPullRequests
#GithubIssues
#Commits
#Feasible
#GithubMarket
#ToolsForGithub
#Licensing
#DependencyMonitoring
#Safe
#Secure
#Accessible

The world we currently live in consists of Jargon technologies and with each passing day a new technology is introduced in the market which serves to improves the life in one or the other way. #Github is one of the splendid Version Control repository management services which has a key component in the software development workflow and has a greater impact on developers life giving valuable essence to utilize the best tools fitted for any product.

In the last few years, GitHub and GitLab positioned themselves as handy assistants for developers, particularly when working in large teams. I use GitHub because it has overcome my time in maintaining code and product #Repositories. #GitHubPullRequests along side with #GithubIssues have helped me and many moderators like me to keep a track of the #commits done by any number of people around the world.

People synchronization to various roots of our project repositories has made our product to stand Safe Secure Accessible and #Feasible The newer addition to #GithubMarket and #ToolsForGithub has helped our community to use various in-built applications which provided us to track up with #Documentation, #Licensing #Codebase-Hosting and #DependencyMonitoring

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Bitbucket
Bitbucket
GitLab
GitLab
GitHub
GitHub
#Githubmarketplace

A bit difference in GitHub and GitLab though both are Version Control repository management services which provides key component in the software development workflow. A decision of choosing GitHub over GitLab is major leap extension from code management, to deployment and monitoring alongside looking beyond the code base hosting provided best fitted tools for developer communities.

  • Authentication stages - With GitLab you can set and modify people’s permissions according to their role. In GitHub, you can decide if someone gets a read or write access to a repository.
  • Built-In Continuous Integrations - GitLab offers its very own CI for free. No need to use an external CI service. And if you are already used to an external CI, you can obviously integrate with Jenkins, etc whereas GitHub offers various 3rd party integrations – such as Travis CI, CircleCI or Codeship – for running and testing your code. However, there’s no built-in CI solution at the moment.
  • Import/Export Resources - GitLab offers detailed documentation on how to import your data from other vendors – such as GitHub, Bitbucket to GitLab. GitHub, on the other hand, does not offer such detailed documentation for the most common git repositories. However, GitHub offers to use GitHub Importer if you have your source code in Subversion, Mercurial, TFS and others.

Also when it comes to exporting data, GitLab seems to do a pretty solid job, offering you the ability to export your projects including the following data:

  • Wiki and project repositories
  • Project uploads
  • The configuration including webhooks and services
  • Issues with comments, merge requests with diffs and comments, labels, milestones, snippets, and other project entities.

GitHub, on the other hand, seems to be more restrictive when it comes to export features of existing GitHub repositories. * Integrations - #githubmarketplace gives you an essence to have multiple and competitive integrations whereas you will find less in the GitLab.

So go ahead with better understanding.

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Tassanai Singprom
Tassanai Singprom
Slack
Slack
BrowserStack
BrowserStack
Sentry
Sentry
Kibana
Kibana
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
npm
npm
GitLab
GitLab
GitHub
GitHub
Git
Git
Elasticsearch
Elasticsearch
Postman
Postman
Google Analytics
Google Analytics
MariaDB
MariaDB
GraphQL
GraphQL
Amazon RDS
Amazon RDS
Lumen
Lumen
Laravel
Laravel
Firebase
Firebase
Vue.js
Vue.js
Sass
Sass
Ubuntu
Ubuntu
Amazon EC2
Amazon EC2
Redis
Redis
jQuery
jQuery
HTML5
HTML5
PHP
PHP
JavaScript
JavaScript

This is my stack in Application & Data

JavaScript PHP HTML5 jQuery Redis Amazon EC2 Ubuntu Sass Vue.js Firebase Laravel Lumen Amazon RDS GraphQL MariaDB

My Utilities Tools

Google Analytics Postman Elasticsearch

My Devops Tools

Git GitHub GitLab npm Visual Studio Code Kibana Sentry BrowserStack

My Business Tools

Slack

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Robert Zuber
Robert Zuber
CTO at CircleCI · | 5 upvotes · 6K views
atCircleCICircleCI
Bitbucket
Bitbucket
GitHub
GitHub
CircleCI
CircleCI

When you interact with CircleCI's web application, all of your requests are hitting the #API hosts. We handle the majority of our authentication via #OAuth from GitHub or Bitbucket. We provide programmatic access to everything exposed in the UI through an API token that you can generate once you have authenticated.

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Reviews of GitHub and Jira
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Lead Engineer at WHOOP
Review ofJiraJira

Most of my time in JIRA is spent

  • Waiting for pages to load
  • Clicking on links, because the information that I need is not available on the first pages I reach
  • Looking for the next link to click, because each page has a different layout and the bug title or the latest comment might be placed anywhere on the page

Additionally, any time I search the documentation I get bug reports from years ago that appear unresolved or instructions for modifying the on-premesis installation (we have their cloud service).

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Staff Software Engineer
Review ofGitHubGitHub

For starters you can fork a repo, edit it online and send a pull request which is huge if its something very small that you want to commit. The whole pull request system, the UI and the UX are great. If I sent out a pull request that failed on travis CI then all I need to do is fix it in my fork and the original pull request will have these updates as well making it super easy for everyone involved. Overall a great service.

Review ofGitHubGitHub

I love GitHub! They provide a completely free service for hosting, storing, and collaborating on code. Seriously, if you aren't using them, go sign up now.

Review ofGitHubGitHub

Great collaboration-friendly git repository hosting. Plus integration with all sorts of other stuff, like Travis CI. But the command bar has disappeared...

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Software Engineer
Review ofJiraJira

Compared to Bugzilla and Redmine, Jira requires a lot of manual configuration which can make project issues not compatible status-wise.

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Science
Review ofGitHubGitHub

It's the best tools I have ever used.

How developers use GitHub and Jira
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Airbnb uses GitHubGitHub

"Having a CI server building all commits across all branches was a huge first step, but to make this useful we needed to surface the outcome of these builds. This is where GitHub’s commit status API comes in. Every time our CI server begins a build, it pings GitHub’s commit status endpoint, and every time it completes a build it hits the endpoint again with the outcome. Now every open PR includes a yellow/red/green indicator for the branch in question, with a direct link to the build status page on our CI server. In practice this means more transparency, faster feedback cycles, and a guarantee that every branch merged into master has a passing test suite. This integration has been a huge help in keeping our master branch green, and has thus greatly reduced our deploy times (since engineers aren’t waiting on build failures to be resolved in master)."

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Matt Welke uses GitHubGitHub

Pervasive, easy to use Git repo hosting. I host ongoing personal projects privately and my personal blog (via GitHub Pages).

I also take successful proofs of concept (for example, experimenting with linking AWS Lambda to Heroku Postgres to create a serverless SQL backed web app), and host them as public example repos. These are linked to Dependabot and CircleCI if they have tests so that dependencies can be kept up to date automatically over time and the code using the dependencies can stay fresh over time for example viewers.

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yaswanthgoud3235 uses GitHubGitHub

GitHub is a Web-based Git version control repository hosting service. It is mostly used for computer code. It offers all of the distributed version control and source code management (SCM) functionality of Git as well as adding its own features. It provides access control and several collaboration features such as bug tracking, feature requests, task management, and wikis for every project

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Instacart uses GitHubGitHub

Yeah, so we use GitHub, and we basically use a variant of continuous deployment where when anyone merges in a feature that they’ve finished with, they ship it immediately, and we bundle it up as a build pack and send it to all of our EC2 servers... Any developer on the team can trigger a build and deploy at any time. So on a given day, we probably deploy 20 or 30 times to prod.

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StackShare uses GitHubGitHub

One thing I really wish GitHub had: Trello-style kanban for Issues. There are a bunch of services and tools that add Kanban to GitHub Issues. But Trello just seems far better. If GitHub had it’s own kanban tool, I’d probably use it. Right now it’s pretty painful to try to tie cards to commits manually (when/if we remember to).

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shridhardalavi uses JiraJira

It is used for bug tracking, issue tracking, and project management The basic use of this tool is to track issue and bugs related to your software and Mobile apps. It is also used for project management. The JIRA dashboard consists of many useful functions and features which make handling of issues easy.

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Ujjwal Bhujel uses JiraJira

So much relief as you can track each and every issues, bugs, dev project and maintenance and a time machine when it comes to do that less interesting timesheet or daily status. Its a rescuer.

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DigitalPermits uses JiraJira

We use a combination of Scrum and Kanban for our tasks. We focus more on the integration with Bitbucket to keep track of tasks and have bi-directional accountability.

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MOKA Analytics uses JiraJira

We use JIRA because it's a single tool that can be customized to each of our business processes: product development, customer on-boarding, and internal operations

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Giovanni Candido da Silva uses JiraJira

The agile process planing feedback and control is done in JIRA, with integrations in all places, like bitbucket code, confluence pages and build process

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