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SourceTree vs GitKraken vs Tower: What are the differences?

SourceTree, GitKraken, and Tower are all Source Code Management Desktop Apps, allowing you to manage your repositories on the desktop rather than through a browser. SourceTree is built by Atlassian and Bitbucket. GitKraken is the only one of the three that supports Linux.

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What is GitKraken?

The downright luxurious Git client for Windows, Mac and Linux. Cross-platform, 100% standalone, and free.

What is SourceTree?

Use the full capability of Git and Mercurial in the SourceTree desktop app. Manage all your repositories, hosted or local, through SourceTree's simple interface.

What is Tower?

Use all of Git's powerful feature set - in a GUI that makes you more productive.
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Why do developers choose SourceTree vs GitKraken vs Tower?

  • Fans of SourceTree love its visual history and branch view, citing its beautiful UI and easy repository browsing.
  • GitKraken users love that it works with Linux and Windows as well as Mac, and call it a full featured client that’s very easy to use.
  • Tower fans say it “just works.” They love its simple layout and GitHub integration.
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What are some alternatives to GitKraken, SourceTree, and Tower?
GitKraken Glo
A more productive way for developers to track tasks and issues from inside GitKraken, VS Code, Atom or a browser! Glo Boards sync in real-time with GitHub Issues, support markdown and offer lots of time-saving features for devs.
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.
Manage your repositories without leaving the application. Organize the repositores into categories. Fork's Diff Viewer provides a clear view to spot the changes in your source code quickly.
Sublime Merge
A snappy UI, three-way merge tool, side-by-side diffs, syntax highlighting, and more. Evaluate for free – no account, tracking, or time limits.
GitUp lets you see your entire labyrinth of branches and merges with perfect clarity. Any change you make, large or small, even outside GitUp, is immediately reflected in GitUp's graph. No refreshing, no waiting.
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Decisions about GitKraken, SourceTree, and Tower
Sublime Merge
Sublime Merge

GitKraken is the best git client so far. The user interface is very friendly. Everything is easy to do with this tool. A branch tree vizualization is very clear. I've tried SourceTree and I got lost in such many panels. Also performance of SourceTree is not as goot as GitKraken. I like Sublime Merge but it doesn't have so many features as the other tools. I've choosen GitKraken and as bonus I got GitKraken Glo that is the next perfect tool.

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Cees Timmerman
Cees Timmerman
Software Engineer · | 6 upvotes · 9.2K views

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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Reviews of GitKraken, SourceTree, and Tower
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Software Engineer
Review ofGitKrakenGitKraken

I prefer to see the selected commit in the graph while inspecting a diff of a changed file in said commit. SourceTree and sometimes Tower do that.

How developers use GitKraken, SourceTree, and Tower
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Noel Santiago uses GitKrakenGitKraken

Para Manejar los proyectos de otras empresas y controlar las versiones de las aplicaciones en producción en personas que no tienen conocimiento de los comandos git.

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Markus Gebka uses GitKrakenGitKraken

I use it to manage my Repos for private projects. I love the clear UI and for me it is way easier to manage than in the shell.

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Promethean TV uses SourceTreeSourceTree

Used by various PrometheanTV technical staff to interface and interact with the Git Source Control service.

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Adrian Harabulă uses GitKrakenGitKraken

very good user interface; access to relevant information is clicks away, 1 year free license for students

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Kane Blueriver uses SourceTreeSourceTree

Since being familiar to git CLI, I nearly never open it again except using it as a diff tool.

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Ralic Lo uses SourceTreeSourceTree

Used Source Tree to maintain version / commit / pull request , merge of codes for a team.

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vgorloff uses SourceTreeSourceTree

Using Git when command line is not suitable.

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Danai Sookcharoen uses SourceTreeSourceTree

Manage Project with GIT source code control

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EXIDD uses GitKrakenGitKraken

코드 형상관리 툴은 GitKraken을 이용합니다.

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