5 Best GitHub Alternatives For Hosting Your Source Code

Best Github alternatives

Soon after Microsoft announced the acquisition of Github, many developers have started searching for Github alternatives to host their source code. I don’t think that switching from GitHub to any other source code hosting platform is necessary. But Microsoft’s history of making takeover disasters is known. Many developers also do not see Microsoft as open source lover. So, they want an alternative to keep their code away from Microsoft.

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If you are also one of those developers looking for best Github alternative, this article is for you. In this article, I am listing best alternatives to Github where you can keep your project’s source code.

Best GitHub Alternatives

1. GitLab


GitLab is the best place to go after Github. It is also worth to note that GitLab saw record numbers of signups after Microsft’s acquisition of Github. Similar to Github, GitLab is also a repository management with similar experience. It offers features like code reviews, time tracking, issue tracking, integrated project wiki, continuous integration, automated testing, and code delivery.

It is open source software, so you can download and install it on your own server. For those who are moving from Github, Gitlab also got a GitHub importer to move your projects from Github to Gitlab.

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2. BitBucket


BitBucket is a similar kind of repository system that comes with integration of other products like Trello, Jira, Slack and HipChat. Its features include code search, BitBucket pipelines, pull requests, smart mirroring, issue tracking, flexible deployment models, IP whitelisting and branch permissions. Another good thing is that it lets users push their files using any Git client or Git command line

It offers unlimited private and public repositories for free for up to five members. It also offers GitHub Importer for moving your projects from Github to BitBucket.

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3. Beanstalk


Beanstalk is also a powerful platform for managing source code repositories. It even allows users create files, branches and edit directly in the browser for instant gratification. So, it is good for working on the go. It has robust code review system and reports to know what has been reviewed.

Notable features include code review, issue tracker, repository statistics, release notes, notifications, email digests, compare view, and a full history of commits.

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4. GitKraken


GitKraken is one of the most notable free GitHub alternatives . It offers clean interface and nice features. It free version allows up to 20 users with option to upgrade to the paid premium. It comes with sizeable interface along with a focus on speed. It has handy “undo” button that lets you remove redundancies that occur by mistake. It also has seamless integration across popular services like GitHub, Bitbucket and GitLab.

It is Git client built on Electron that allows you to run natively on Windows, Mac, and Linux environments.

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5. AWS CodeCommit

AWS CodeCommit

AWS CodeCommit should be the choice of those who are already using other AWS services. It has scalable cloud storage and no size limits. If you need more server space in the near future, AWS CodeCommit is for you.

It has advantage of an extremely straightforward pricing system. First five users can use it for free with option to pay $1 per user per month after that. It comes with 10GB per month of storage and 2,000 Git requests per active user. You can always get more storage or requests with payment.

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Final Words

These were the best GitHub alternatives you can try. RhodeCode and SourceForge are also notable GitHub alternatives. If you are thinking to switch from GitHub, you can use any of the given GitHub alternatives to keep your source code. If you use any other service to keep your source code, let us know the name using the comments below.

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Deepanker Verma is the founder of Techlomedia. He is a tech blogger, developer and gadget freak.

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