People that don't use Github, what do you use and why?

As a developer I've been using Git and Github for the past few years. To me, it's such a breath of fresh air compared to SVN and gasp CVS. I also find that Github has the most mature integrations and tooling compared to Gitlab and Bitbucket. I'm interested to hear what others use, and more importantly, why.

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Disclaimer: I worked for Atlassian for many years and I lead the launch of Bitbucket Pipelines.

I'm curious to know what you think is missing from it compared to Github. I still use Bitbucket now (obviously 😊) but I use Github for open source things.

Personally I don't see any missing tooling from BitBucket, especially now that they have added .NET Core to Pipelines. I prefer BitBucket for private, company repos but keep my own personal OSS stuff in GitHub.

Code snippets could use a workover in BitBucket. I find them hard to keep organized. It would be nice if BitBucket could add tags (e.g. language) and make snippets searchable.

I like Bitbucket really much. I'm only using GitHub, because it's so common. Companies and people are looking for your GitHub account and not for any kind of account in this direction. That's the only reason I didn't moved everything to Bitbucket. But it's awesome and I understand people using it.

I honestly haven't given Bitbucket a try in a couple years, but yeah, I just find the amount on integrations with Github, the API, the UX and the whole package that Github has hard to beat.

I use Gitlab.

Why ?

Every paid feature on Github is available for completely free on Gitlab, there is integrated CI/CD system, the website is way more compatible than Github on most websites and the developer team have an awesome level of transparency, so way more trust in that sense too.

I use Git for everything, but I only use GitHub for running personal projects. For development teams, I like Phabricator - it's got one of the most robust set of collaborative tools I've seen!

Phabricator is pretty great for organizations.

I clicked in with the mindset of "I use GitHub but am not especially enamored with its collaboration tools". Glad to have found out about Phabricator. I don't have a burning need to change any time soon though (which I'd say is the biggest hurdle in competing with a GitHub)


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As an employee of a corporation, we can't risk letting our code getting out.

Remember the other day how GitHub reported x security flaws in the repositores they hold? I'm pretty sure that means they parsed all the source code from all the users :D

We have a tool similar to Jira, but for smaller projects we use gitlab + youtrack with local repositories.

Here's their policy:

"When GitHub receives a notification of a newly-announced vulnerability, we identify public repositories (and private repositories that have opted in to vulnerability detection) that use the affected version of the dependency. Then, we send security alerts to owners and people with admin access to affected repositories."

It looks like they operate an opt-in for security scanning.

foreach (code in codebase) {


Surely the optimizer can fix this?

I use GitHub because I get unlimited free private repos with my student email address, but I am thinking of switching to GitLab.

GitLab is used at work, and I really love its entire workflow. I can just move my private repos into AWS CodeCommit since they offer a pretty robust free tier for individuals.

I use Github for open source stuff, because it's still kind of default tool there and it would be weird to use anything else. But for as much as possible (e.g. example projects using open source stuff, my personal private projects etc.) I prefer Gitlab. Why? Gitlab has the best UX/UI from the triad (Github, Gitlab, Bitbucket) and offers a lot for free. It's also open source, so you really know what's happening under the hood. They have very fast response times for issues too.

I used BitBucket for that, but it has its shortcomings. For example, it does not support signed commits. And lately it fails a lot for a long time.

However, it's never and obvious choice as each of those platforms excels at something:

  • BitBucket is backed by whole Atlassian stuff and you probably won't ever get better integrations than BB <-> JIRA, BB <-> HipChat, now also Trello
  • Github has this cool review process for pull requests where you can request some changes and discuss it in it until it's resolved
  • Gitlab gives a lot for free and introduces new features frequently. Now I think they try to beat Github's review system so we'll see what happens.

While I have a Github account(which honestly, has an awful lot of half-started projects that look pretty nasty) and have used it to deploy some cool stuff, I very much prefer to use Bitbucket for my personal projects- it's what we use in work aswell.

It feels like Atlassian really hit the nail on the head and knew their target audience. I actually enjoy using it and JIRA together(I could rant about JIRA vs Rally all night). I enjoy the User Experience of Bitbucket significantly more than Github(even down to the colour scheme; I know, how shallow of me).

As for what I'd use if I couldn't go with Bitbucket - the commenter "Artemix" in this discussion has kinda sold me on trying out Gitlab!

And since you mentioned SVN: as someone who went through their 40 Days in the SVN Desert(Oh how I hated it so), I love Git like an adopted, memory based brother.

At our company, we recently abandoned Bitbucket Server in favor of Gerrit. I wrote a little article about that:

IMO, Gerrit is far more superior to Github, Gitlab and Bitbucket for code reviews.
Gerrit is opensource, built and used by Google projects like Chromium.

Git on TFS(planned to migrate to VSTS). Why? Our whole estate is based on Microsoft tools and everything integrates quite well.

You have Git for source control, it has forking, pull requests, good search, plays quite well with active directory and permissions. Build and release tools are right in place and is extendable with plug-ins.

For git, I use local repositories and Bitbucket. Bitbucket has allowed unlimited free private repos for years, which to my mind has been much more useful than any differences in GUI. Bitbucket's pretty great.

For personal projects where I just want SCM and no integrations, I use AWS' CodeCommit. It's free up to 5 contributors.

For projects that are for clients where the source is closed, but need CD integration with services like Netlify, I'll use BitBucket.

For work, personal site and code that I share socially, it all goes to Github. Mostly for pull requests, social aspects and integrations.

I discovered Gitlab a year ago and I've fallen in love with it. I've used it professionally as a self hosted instance and also on
Their CI tools are powerful and really easy to set up.

Anyhow I have the impression that GitHub is better for open source project since most of the potential contributors use it and already have an account on it.

I mainly use gitlab.

I like that all the features are free (private repositories as the prime example).

My laptop broke recently. Because I used Gitlab systematically for every project I create, when I got the new laptop I was amazed how quickly I started working!

I remember when I started, any problems with my computer would set me back in a major way.

I moved from bitbucket to gitlab because organising repositories into folders was very attractive.

I have started using github as an open portfolio

At work we use Visual Studio services because it's cheaper for private repos and it includes project management tools that we use. We haven't integrated CI/CD but it should be easy since it is git. For personal repos I use GitHub.

I use Bitbucket for my personal projects and GitHub for OSS. If I had to make the decision now I'd probably use GitHub for everything, but at the time GitHub charged you depending on the number of repositories in your account.
I like to have all my repos in one place and I keep all my old stuff around as kind of an archive, so GitHub would've been crazy expensive back then. Nowadays their pricing is reasonable, but switching everything isn't worth the hassle for me and honestly, Bitbucket is really great too! GitHub has slightly better issue management but overall I really enjoy Bitbucket.

I use mainly Team Foundation Server. But that will be used only for projects cate repos. It gives me the ability to create a complete Devops solution. And yes... It support git very well as long with pull requests and so on.

Gitlab all the way for my private projects. Before that, I used Bitbucket.

Not sure if I really fall into this category since I do use GitHub... just not for stuff I plan to sell. If I intend to make it commercial, I keep it in a private repository on my server.

VSTS, free unlimited private repositories, and 25000 units for build & release. You do need a visual studio license, and it's included in Action Pack. I do use GitHub for public repositories.

How do you use github? For private projects or for commercial projecs? Do you have a payed plan for commercial projects/private repos? What's the size of you corporation?

I use GitHub for anything I want available to the public, but for my private personal projects, I just use git over ssh to save them to my personal server.

Somewhere in the back of my head is the plan to build something CI-ish with gitolite for git and some half-homegrown script hell to build jails for the CI.

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