Both Github and Bitbucket web-based Git repository hosting services, however, there are differences between these two. In this post I discuss the differences based on my experience.
Github hosts much more source code and repositories in comparison with Bitbucket, hence, it is more famous especially, when Linux kernel maintains in Github. In addition to that, Github seems more user friendly and the look and feel is better in comparison with Bitbucket.
In overall, I can say Github beats Bitbucket in almost every aspects except two things. The biggest advantage of Bitbucket is providing FREE private repository up to 5 participant, whereas Github doesn’t offer private repository free at all. In addition to that, the permission control of Bitbucket is more consistent and easier to manage, for example, providing push permission and so on which is locked by default in free Github and only if you pay, you can afford those features.
Furthermore, Bitbucket offers very basic version of Jira Atlassian and Jira Wiki which are quite awesome and suitable for those that are familiar with Jira and also don’t wanna have separate issue tracker system. Although, Github also offers issue tracker as well, I found the functionality of it, is much more limited than what Bitbucket provides.
In conclusion of this very short argument, I can confidently say none of them is winner, it is more likely of their usage. For instance, startup companies that wanna keep their source codes close and don’t wanna pay for private repository and separate issue tracker at the beginning, Bitbucket is definitely better option whereas, for hobbyists programmers, geeks, hackers, open source software, Github is number one and the best platform.