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SourceTree vs Tower: What are the differences?

What is 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.

What is Tower? The most powerful Git client for Mac & Windows. Use all of Git's powerful feature set - in a GUI that makes you more productive.

SourceTree and Tower can be categorized as "Source Code Management Desktop Apps" tools.

Some of the features offered by SourceTree are:

  • 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.

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

"Visual history and branch view" is the primary reason why developers consider SourceTree over the competitors, whereas "Git" was stated as the key factor in picking Tower.

9GAG, Zillow, and Coderus are some of the popular companies that use SourceTree, whereas Tower is used by Coderus, WILD, and Paw. SourceTree has a broader approval, being mentioned in 618 company stacks & 414 developers stacks; compared to Tower, which is listed in 31 company stacks and 16 developer stacks.

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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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What are some alternatives to SourceTree and Tower?
GitKraken
The downright luxurious Git client for Windows, Mac and Linux. Cross-platform, 100% standalone, and free.
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.
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.
Fork
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.
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.
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Decisions about SourceTree and Tower
GitKraken
GitKraken
SourceTree
SourceTree
Sublime Merge
Sublime Merge
#Glo

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
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Tower
Tower
GitKraken
GitKraken
SourceTree
SourceTree
Windows
Windows

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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How developers use SourceTree and Tower
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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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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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