Being into software development we very often find ourselves in the need to host our code to any website. For the purpose, masses are blindly following one single medium for this, Github. It can not be denied that Github users have their choice to use either Git or Subversion for version control. Also there is a facility of unlimited public code repository for all users of Github. One more fascinating feature of Github is that allows to create ‘organizations’, which at its own is a normal account but at least one user account is required to be listed as the owner of the organization.
Apart from providing desktop apps for Windows and OSX, Github also provides the facility to its users and organizations to host one website and unlimited project pages for free on the Github’s website. The typical domain for the hosted websites look something like username.github.io and address of the project pages may look like username.github.io/project-page.
Moving ahead, we have compiled a list of few other mediums that can also be used in place Github without any harm. So come let’s have a look on the list.
7 Best Github Alternatives in 2018
On contrary to the Github, the Bitbucket comes just next to it in terms of usage and global popularity. Bitbucket also provides a free account for the users and organizations as well with limit for five users. Also, it provides access to unlimited private and public repos. One of the features which is note worthy is its allowance for the users to puch their files using any of the Git client/Git command line.
Atlassian is the developer of Bitbucket providing access to the version capability to the users using their web interface. A free Mac and Windows interface is also available for using Gitbucket’s own Git and Mercurial client Source Tree.
The domain for your hosted website on Bitbucket will look something like: accountname.bitbucket.org and domain for that of project pages will be like: accountname.bitbucket.org/project. On the other hand Bitbucket also allows its users to use their own domain name for their website.
Beanstalk as another good Github alternative but it is not free. You can get a trial of the resource for two weeks after which if you wish to continue you will have a pay an amount of minimum $15 for its cheapest Bronze package. Bronze package lets you have maximum of 10 repositories with 3 Gigabytes of storage capacity and maximum upto 5 users.
Beanstalk supports the most demanded Git and Subversion control systems for version control. It is developed by Wildbit and also allows for code editing in the browser itself so that user need not to switch to command line every now and then.
GitLab is popular among the users due to its features like dedicated project website and an integrated project wiki. Also GitLab facilitates its users by providing automated testing and code delivery so that a user can do more work in lesser time without waiting for the tests to pass manually. Some of the else features to be noted are pull requests, code viewer and merge conflict resolution.
Developed by Fog Creek, unlike Github Kiln is not a free source to host your software or website. You can have an overview or experience of their version control and code hosting for Git and Mercurial for 30 days trial period, after that users need to upgrade to the premium version (minimum $18 a month) inorder to continue working with Kiln. Kiln also charges its users for the code review module separately.
If you host your website with Kiln, your domain will look something like this:
It is believed by observing abundance of projects being hosted on the SourceForge that it has existed for a longer time. When compared to the Github, SourceForge (developed by Slashdot Media) has an entirely different structure of the project. Unlike other websites for version control, SourceForge allows you to host both static and dynamic pages as well. One of the vulnerability of this medium for version control is that a user is allowed to create projects and get it hosted on the site with unique names only.
Typical domain for your hosted project will look like proj.sourceforge.net
Scripting languages like Python, Perl, PHP, Tcl, Ruby and Shell are being supported by the SourceForge servers. Users are free to choosing either Git, Subversion or Mercurial for the version control system.
This Google’s Git version control came into existence and moved to the Google Cloud platform when Google code was put out of the market by google itself. Although google provides its own repositories to work upon, but you can even connect the Cloud Source to other version control mediums like Github, Bitbucket, etc. Cloud Source offers storage for its users codes and apps across the google infrastructure itself which makes it even more reliable. Users have the freeship to search their code in the browser itself and also gets feature of cloud diagnostics to track the problems while code keeps running in the background.
Cloud Source offers Stackdriver Debugger that helps use the debugger in parallel with the other applications running.
GitKraken became popular among the developers day by day due to the exclusive features it provides to it users are just adorable. The primary point of attraction towards Gitkraken is its beautiful interface and also it focus on speed and ease of use for Git. GitKraken comes with an incredibly handy ‘undo’ button which helps its users to quickly omit the redundancies occurred by mistake. GitKraken provides a free version which can have upto 20 users and a premium version as well with several other good features.
We hope you guys enjoyed learning with us. If any doubts, queries or suggestions please lets us know in the comment section below. Do share in comments if you know any other good github alternatives.