GitLab vs SourceTree: What are the differences?
GitLab: Open source self-hosted Git management software. 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; SourceTree: A free Git GUI client for Windows and macOS. 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.
GitLab belongs to "Code Collaboration & Version Control" category of the tech stack, while SourceTree can be primarily classified under "Source Code Management Desktop Apps".
Some of the features offered by GitLab are:
- Manage git repositories with fine grained access controls that keep your code secure
- Perform code reviews and enhance collaboration with merge requests
- Each project can also have an issue tracker and a wiki
On the other hand, SourceTree provides the following key features:
- Full-powered DVCS
- Create, clone, commit, push, pull, merge, and more are all just a click away.
- Review your outgoing and incoming changesets, cherry-pick between branches, patch handling, rebase, stash, shelve, and much more.
"Self hosted", "Free" and "Has community edition" are the key factors why developers consider GitLab; whereas "Visual history and branch view", "Beautiful UI" and "Easy repository browsing" are the primary reasons why SourceTree is favored.
GitLab is an open source tool with 20.1K GitHub stars and 5.33K GitHub forks. Here's a link to GitLab's open source repository on GitHub.
Alibaba.com, trivago, and Avocode are some of the popular companies that use GitLab, whereas SourceTree is used by 9GAG, Typeform, and Zillow. GitLab has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1234 company stacks & 1478 developers stacks; compared to SourceTree, which is listed in 618 company stacks and 414 developer stacks.
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