A brief overview of Bitbucket

Bitbucket Cloud is a Git based code hosting and collaboration tool, built for teams. Bitbucket's best-in-class Jira and Trello integrations are designed to bring the entire software team together to execute on a project. We provide one place for your team to collaborate on code from concept to Cloud, build quality code through automated testing, and deploy code with confidence.

A brief overview of Bitbucket


Best-in-class Jira & Trello integration

Bring structure to chaos and keep the entire software company, from engineering to design, in the loop. Access branches, build status, commits, and status on Jira issues or Trello cards


Code collaboration from concept to cloud

Transition Jira issues based on pull request status, create a merge checklist with designated approvers, and check for passing builds.

Continuous delivery

Build and test automatically with built-in continuous delivery

Build, test and, deploy with our integrated CI/CD solution, Bitbucket Pipelines. Benefit from configuration as code and fast feedback loops.

Deploy with confidence

Deploy with confidence

Track, preview, and confidently promote your deployments.

Secure your code

Secure your code

Rest easy knowing your code is secure in the Cloud and implement checks to prevent problems before they happen.

Bitbucket hosting options



Bitbucket Cloud is hosted on Atlassian’s servers and accessed via a URL. Bitbucket Cloud has an exclusive built-in CI/CD tool, Pipelines, that enables you to build, test, and deploy directly from within Bitbucket.



Bitbucket Server is hosted on-premise, in your environment. Bitbucket Server has strong integrations with Bamboo, our powerful CI/CD tool that allows you to completely automate your process. The license is perpetual.

Data Center

Data Center

Bitbucket Data Center, our Enterprise Offering, looks like a single instance of Bitbucket Server to users, but is hosted on a number of servers in a cluster on your environment. This provides important benefits over Bitbucket Server: 

* Integrates easily with Jira Software, Confluence and Bamboo

Key terms to know

Here are some important words and terms to know so you can find your way around Bitbucket. Some of these are terms borrowed from Git, others are specific to Bitbucket.


A branch represents an independent line of development. Branches serve as an abstraction for the edit/stage/commit process. You can think of them as a way to request a brand new working directory, staging area, and project history. New commits are recorded in the history for the current branch, which results in a fork in the history of the project.


Instead of using a single server-side repository to act as the “central” codebase, forking gives every developer a server-side repository. This means that each contributor has not one, but two Git repositories: a private local one and a public server-side one.


Git’s way of referring to the current snapshot. Internally, the git checkout command simply updates the HEAD to point to either the specified branch or commit. When it points to a branch, Git doesn't complain, but when you check out a commit, it switches into a “detached HEAD” state.


The default development branch. Whenever you create a git repository, a branch named "master" is created, and becomes the active branch.


Bitbucket Pipelines is an integrated CI/CD service, built into Bitbucket. It allows you to automatically build, test and even deploy your code, based on a configuration file in your repository. 


Bitbucket Pipes are short code chunks that you can drop into your pipeline to perform powerful actions. Pipes make it easier to build powerful, automated CI/CD workflows and get up and running quickly.


A project is a container for repositories. Projects make it easier for teams to focus on a goal, product, or process by organizing your repositories into projects. Projects can be either visible or hidden from public view.

Pull Request

Pull requests are a feature that makes it easier for developers to collaborate using Bitbucket. They provide a user-friendly web interface for discussing proposed changes before integrating them into the official project.

Working Tree

The tree of actual checked out files, normally containing the contents of the HEAD commit's tree and any local changes you've made but haven't yet committed.

Get more git

Looking for more Git terminology?

Head on over to our Git tutorial to learn the A-Z of Git commands.

Guide 2: Meet the Bitbucket interface