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Not to be confused with the computer jargon term Bit bucket.
BitBucket SVG Logo.svg
Type of site Collaborative revision control
Available in English, Russian, German, French, Chinese, Spanish, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese
Owner Atlassian
Created by Jesper Noehr
Slogan(s) Plant your code in the cloud. Watch it grow.
Alexa rank Increase 812 (July 2016)[1]
Registration Required with optional OpenID
Launched 2008; 8 years ago (2008)
Current status Online
Written in Python

Bitbucket is a web-based hosting service for projects that use either the Mercurial (since launch) or Git (since October 2011[2]) revision control systems. Bitbucket offers both commercial plans and free accounts. It offers free accounts with an unlimited number of private repositories (which can have up to five users in the case of free accounts) as of September 2010, but by inviting three users to join Bitbucket, three more users can be added, for eight users in total.[3] Bitbucket is written in Python using the Django web framework.[4]

It is similar to GitHub, which primarily uses Git. In a 2008 blog post, Bruce Eckel compared Bitbucket favorably to Launchpad,[5] which uses Bazaar.

Pricing plans[edit]

Bitbucket offers multiple paid plans that allow repository owners to have more users in their account. Free private repositories are limited to 5 users. By upgrading to a paid plan for a monthly fee, more users can access the repository: 10 users for $10 a month (€9 a month), 25 users for $25 a month (€22.50 a month), 50 users for $50 a month (€45 a month), 100 users for $100 a month (€90 a month) and unlimited users for $200 a month (€180 a month).

Bitbucket also hosts free public repositories[6] and public wikis.

Users on a free plan can have unlimited public and private repositories. There is no limit to how many users can edit/read public repositories, private repositories however are limited to 5 users which can be increased by choosing a paid plan.


Bitbucket was previously an independent startup, founded by Jesper Nøhr. On 29 September 2010, Bitbucket was acquired by Atlassian.[7] Initially, Bitbucket only offered hosting support for Mercurial projects. On 3 October 2011, Bitbucket officially announced support for Git hosting.[8]

In September 2015, Atlassian renamed their Stash product to Bitbucket Server.[9]

In March of 2015, Snippets was launched.[10]


The original symbol on the sticker of the bucket is the alchemical and planetary symbol for Mercury, and refers to Bitbucket hosting Mercurial repositories. The contents of the blue bucket is mercury metal.

When Bitbucket announced Git support, the sticker icon switched to be the primary logo of Atlassian.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ " Alexa Ranking". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  2. ^ "Bitbucket now rocks Git". 3 October 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bitbucket home page". Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Django Success Story Bitbucket". 8 June 2008. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Bruce Eckel (13 November 2008). "BitBucket/Hg vs. Launchpad/Bzr". Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Pricing for Git and Mercurial repo hosting for Bitbucket by Atlassian".
  7. ^ Jenna Pitcher (30 September 2010). "Atlassian snatches Bitbucket". ITWire. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bitbucket now rocks Git". Bitbucket official blog. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Bitbucket Server official site
  10. ^ Bitbucket Snippets

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