Bitbucket Cloud vs. GitHub

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Top reasons to go Bitbucket Cloud

From best-in-class integration with JIRA to a better code review, Bitbucket Cloud gives your team everything you need to build, track, and deploy your software better.

Best-in-class JIRA integration

Release 14% more often with JIRA Software and Bitbucket, which are seamlessly integrated from branch to deployment. Create Bitbucket branches from within JIRA Software or transition issues without ever leaving Bitbucket.

One platform, one tool

Bitbucket Connect allows any developer to build deep integration with Bitbucket Cloud right within the product UI. No more context switching between tools and tasks. Have everything you need to build and ship right within Bitbucket.

Better code review

Code review allows software teams to deliver high quality software at speed. Explicitly approve pull requests in Bitbucket Cloud without resorting to comments. Select pull request reviewers to make key contributors aware of the changes and create a better code review process.

Continuous delivery in the cloud

Pipelines is built right within Bitbucket Cloud giving you end-to-end visibility from coding to deployment. With Bitbucket Pipelines there's no CI server to setup, user management to configure, or repositories to synchronize. Just enable it in one click and you're ready to go.


Why choose Bitbucket vs GitHub?

See what makes Bitbucket Cloud the solution for professional teams. 

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Built-in continuous delivery

Bitbucket Pipelines gives you end-to-end visibility from coding to deployment. With Pipelines there's no CI server to setup, user management to configure or repositories to synchronize. Just enable it in one click and you're ready to go.

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Seamless integration within the UI

Bitbucket Connect allows any developer to build deep integrations within the product UI in Bitbucket Cloud. You can stay within one tool to build and ship your software. No more context-switching between tools and tasks to get stuff done.

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Mercurial Support

Bitbucket Cloud has Mercurial support. Mercurial is a free, distributed source control management system like Git. Have the freedom of choice and use the distributed version control system that works for you.

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Context-sensitive quick navigation

Bitbucket's omnibar is a quick actions bar, similar to Jetbrains' ⇧⇧ or Sublime Text's⌘+P. From any page, you can launch omnibar by pressing the . key. You get quick, context aware navigation to perform actions irrespective of where you are in the application.

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Granular branch permissions

Give developers the right access, to the right code, at the right time with branch restrictions. Not only that, Bitbucket Cloud will soon let you override existing access for specific users and enable merge restrictions at the branch level.

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Pull request approvals

Code review is a first class citizen of any software development workflow and deserves to be treated like one. Add reviewers to pull requests and bring their approvals to the front of the code review process.

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Git Large File Storage (LFS)

Currently in beta, Git Large File Storage (LFS) replaces large files such as audio samples, videos, datasets, and graphics with text pointers inside Git, while storing the file contents in Bitbucket.

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Snippets

Bitbucket Snippets allow you to create and manage multi-file snippets of all kinds. We took a different approach than standard pastebin or gist – we built Snippets around teams. You can easily create and share a snippet with your team from Bitbucket Cloud.

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Two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) and Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) are currently available in Bitbucket Cloud. Both 2FA and U2F secures your account by requiring a second confirmation, in addition to your password, to access Bitbucket Cloud.

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Free for education & open source

Free Bitbucket accounts for education users and open source projects. Accounts include unlimited free private repositories for you and your team to use.

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GitHub offers functionality such as side-by-side diff comments and code search that Bitbucket Cloud does not. We are currently working on bringing support for code search to Bitbucket Cloud.

Information effective September 28 2016

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