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GitHub vs. Bitbucket – The Perfect Code Hosting Platform

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Business and marketing teams use Bitbucket a lot. Therefore, it is often used by its users for private storage. In contrast, GitHub is the largest public code hosting platform with a large open community. 

Regarding the difference between GitHub and Bitbucket, GitHub focuses on public code, while Bitbucket focuses on private code. GitHub has a large open community, while Bitbucket generally has commercial and commercial users. 

Introduction of Bit Bucket

Bitbucket supports Git, but that changes when it comes to other repositories. Bitbucket’s advantage over GitHub was that both Git and Mercurial repository hosting could be used with Bitbucket. There was never support for SVN, but Bitbucket has modernized away from Mercurial support.
Launched in Australia in 2008, Bitbucket began as an independent startup hosting only Mercurial projects.
It was acquired by Australian company Atlassian in 2010, adding support for Git repositories about a year later.
After Microsoft acquired the platform for $7.5 billion, many users concerned about keeping their code private switched from GitHub to Bitbucket.

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Features of Bitbucket

  • Unlimited private repositories for Mercurial and Git (distributed version control system).
  • Reduce cloning time by supporting Git Large File Storage (LFS).
  • It supports third-party APIs and seamlessly integrates with Trello.
  • It is compatible with most operating systems, including Mac, Windows, and Android.
  • Integrates directly with Jira, Bamboo, Crucible, and JenkinsExternal.
  • GitHub, Google, Facebook, and Twitter support external authentication.
  • Provides a full Rest API to create new custom functions unavailable on the market.
  • Bitbucket Snippets lets you work with any multi-file snippet.
  • Allows developers to restrict branch access by explicitly managing branch permissions.
  • It comes with troubleshooting, continuous delivery, and a wiki.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Bitbucket


  • Easier interface with other DevOps tools such as Jenkins and Jira.
  • Efficiently manage code compliance and security requirements
  • Adaptable to other operating systems
  • Create authentication for social media support, etc.


  • Loss of stability when the process becomes heavy etc.
  • Integration of third-party applications is difficult

Introduction of GitHub

GitHub is an open repository hosting service founded in 2004 and acquired by Microsoft in 2018. The open-source community loves it because public repositories are free to use. Almost any number of users can access your public repository.
As the name suggests, it supports Git and only hosts projects that use the Git version control system (VCS) rather than Mercurial (other version of VCS).
GitHub is a git repository hosting service that offers a web-based GUI and many access control and collaboration features.

It is designed to make it easier for developers to track changes made to a project. It allows programmers to work together to fix bugs and host open-source projects.

Even beginners can use Git because GitHub’s interface is simple enough to use for novice coders. In general, Git requires some technical expertise and knowledge of the command line to use without GitHub.
The use of the GitHub user interface also makes it easier for Xiaobai to use GitHub.

Features of GitHub

  • Highlight code comments and facilitate collaborative code reviews.
  • It also provides pull requests, commits, and more to improve team collaboration.
  • Defines project milestones and tags. Comparison view between branches.
  • Features that highlight syntax.
  • Only Git VCS is supported.
  • It supports over 200 programming languages.
  • Third-party API integrations for debugging and cloud hosting are available.
  • Supports Jira, Slack, and other project and test management tools.
  • The GitHub app is available in Mac, Windows, and Android desktop versions.

Advantages and Disadvantages of GitHub


  • It’s reliable and super fast.
  • It is open source and free and supports multiple users.
  • To share the work with the public, etc.


  • Limited private repository
  • Only supports Git VCS etc.

Difference between BitBucket and GitHub



When it comes to source code hosting, Bitbucket and GitHub are excellent, and both serve specific purposes. Both offer public and private repository options. GitHub is more suitable for personal projects, while BitBucket is more suitable for enterprise projects. Generally speaking, both Bitbucket and GitHub have strengths and features that make them both well suited for certain types of development teams.
Powerful open-source platforms like GitHub allow you to manage small teams or individual projects you want to share with the public.
Bitbucket is a great option for businesses or companies that want to store their private and proprietary code.

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1. What is Bitbucket's Pricing?

ANS: – The pricing structure differs from Git in that Bitbucket charges per user while Git charges per repository. Bitbucket allows everyone to use unlimited public repositories and 5 users to use unlimited private repositories for free, giving 1GB for free.

2. What is GitHub's Pricing?

ANS: – GitHub pricing is free for public repositories, and as of January 2019, like Bitbucket, it offers unlimited free private repositories. For private repositories, GitHub allows unlimited contributors grouped into the following paid plans. Team plans allow central admins to manage teams and set different levels of permissions. There’s also GitHub Enterprise, an edition suitable for large organizations that offer cloud-based and on-premises deployment options.

WRITTEN BY Shreya Shah



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