Comparison of source code hosting facilities

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A source code repository is a file archive and web hosting facility where a large amount of source code, for software or for web pages, is kept, either publicly or privately. They are often used by open-source software projects and other multi-developer projects to handle various versions. They help developers submit patches of code in an organized fashion. Often these web sites support version control, bug tracking, release management, mailing lists, and wiki-based documentation.

People who write software retain their copyright when their software is posted to any code hosting facilities, including the "non-gnu" section of GNU Savannah—with the exception of contributors to Free Software Foundation (FSF)-copyrighted programs at GNU Savannah.[1][2][3]

General information[edit]

Name Manager Established Server side: all free software Client side: all-free JS code Developed or used CDE Require free software on registration Ad-free Notes
Assembla Assembla, Inc 2005 No Unknown Unknown No Yes
Betavine Vodafone 2007 No Unknown Unknown No No
Bitbucket Atlassian 2008 No No Unknown No Yes Denies service to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria
Buddy Buddy, LLC. 2015 No No Unknown No Yes Cloud version free for 1 project with no limit on size. Self-hosted version free up to 10 users with Fair Source license[4] applied.
CloudForge CollabNet 2012 No Unknown Unknown No Yes
GitHub GitHub, Inc 2008-04 No No Unknown No Yes List of government takedown requests: [1]
GitLab GitLab Inc. 2011-09[5] Partial[6] Yes[7] GitLab Community Edition (CE) — free software
GitLab Enterprise Edition (EE) — proprietary
No Yes Denies Service to Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria[8]
GNU Savannah Savannah Administration 2001-01 Yes Yes Savane Yes Yes Project by the Free Software Foundation and projects with a GPL compatible license. Staff must approve requests for project approval, deletion, and so forth, which can take time if staffing levels are low. Code access review[9]
Helix TeamHub Perforce Software 1995 No No Cloud version - free up to 5 users. On-premises version requires a license. No Yes Free cloud version has no limits on projects within 5gb storage limit.

On-premises version has DevOps pipeline technology and free replicas.

Launchpad Canonical 2004 Yes No Launchpad No Yes Supports Bazaar and Git for version-controlled repository hosting.[10][11]
OSDN OSDN K.K. (Q11237954) 2002-04 Unknown Yes Unknown No No For open-source projects only.[12]
Ourproject.org Comunes Collective 2002 Yes Yes FusionForge No Yes For free software, free culture and free content projects.
OW2 Consortium OW2 Consortium Unknown Unknown No Unknown No Yes Oriented on middleware technology.
Phabricator Phacility, Inc 2010 Yes Yes Unknown No Yes Hosted option provided by Phacility
Rosetta Code Unknown 2007 Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes Yes Programming chrestomathy wiki for common algorithms
SEUL Unknown 1997-05 Unknown No Unknown No Yes
SourceForge BizX LLC 1999-11 Yes[13][14] Yes Apache Allura No No For open-source projects only.[15]
Denies service when accessed from Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria[16]
Team Foundation Server Microsoft 2012-2005[17] Unknown No Unknown No Yes
Visual Studio Team Services Microsoft 2012[18] No No Since IDE Visual Studio 2012 and even Community Edition 2015 fully integrated with Team Services. Also Team Services has Web Interface (CDE). No Yes Most features are free for teams of 5 members or less [19]
Name Manager Established Server side: all free software Client side: all-free JS code Developed or used CDE Require free software on registration Ad-free Notes

Features[edit]

Name Code review Bug tracking Web hosting Wiki Translation system Shell server Mailing List Forum Personal branch Private branch Announce Build system Team Release Binaries Self-hosting
Assembla Yes[20] Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes[21] Yes Yes Yes Unknown No
Bitbucket Yes[22] Yes[a] Yes[23] Yes No No No No Yes Yes[b] No Yes[24] Yes No[25] Commercially (BitBucket Server formerly Stash)[c]
Buddy Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[d] Yes Yes Yes
CloudForge Unknown Yes Yes Yes No No No No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown No
GitHub Yes[26] Yes[27][e] Yes[28] Yes No No No No Yes Yes[f] Yes 3rd-party (e.g. Travis CI, Appveyor and others)[29] Yes Yes Commercially (GitHub Enterprise)
GitLab Yes[30] Yes Yes[31] Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes[32] Yes Yes[33] Yes[g]
GNU Savannah Yes[34] Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No[35] No No Yes No Yes Unknown Yes
Helix TeamHub Yes[36] Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes, with hooks. Jenkins, TeamCity, etc. No Yes Yes
java.net/Project Kenai Unknown Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown No
Kallithea Yes No Yes No No Unknown No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Launchpad Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes[h] Yes Yes[i] Yes Unknown Yes
OSDN Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Ourproject.org Unknown Yes Yes Yes No Unknown Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes
Phabricator Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Unknown Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes
RhodeCode Yes No Yes No No Unknown No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
SourceForge Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[j] Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Team Foundation Server Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Visual Studio Team Services Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Name Code review Bug tracking Web hosting Wiki Translation system Shell server Mailing List Forum Personal branch Private branch Announce Build system Team Release Binaries Self-hosting

Version control systems[edit]

Name CVS Git Hg SVN BZR TFVC Arch Perforce Fossil
Assembla No Yes No Yes No No No Yes No
Betavine Yes No No Yes No No No Unknown Unknown
Bitbucket No Yes Yes[k] No No No No No No
Buddy No Yes No No No No No No No
CloudForge No Yes No Yes No No No No No
GitHub No Yes No Partial[37] No No No No No
GitLab No Yes No No No No No No No
GNU Savannah Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[38] No Yes No No
Helix TeamHub No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No
java.net No Yes[39] Yes[39] Yes[39] No No No No No
Kallithea No Yes Yes No No No No No No
Launchpad Import only Yes[11][40] Import only[41] Import only Yes No No No Unknown
OSDN Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Unknown Unknown
Ourproject.org Yes No No Yes No No No Unknown Unknown
OW2 Consortium Yes No No Yes No No No Unknown Unknown
Phabricator No Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
SEUL.org Yes No No Yes No No No Unknown Unknown
SourceForge Dropped[42] Yes Yes Yes Dropped[43] No No Unknown Yes
Name CVS Git Hg SVN BZR TFVC Arch Perforce Fossil

Popularity[edit]

Name Users Projects Alexa rank (lower = more popular)
Assembla Unknown 526,581+[44] 26,366 as of 18 October 2017[45]
Bitbucket 5,000,000[46] Unknown 696 as of 18 October 2017[47]
GitHub 24,000,000[48] 69,000,000[48] 60 as of 18 October 2017[49]
GitLab 100,000[50] 546,000[51][l] 2,422 as of 18 October 2017[52]
GNU Savannah 77,137[53] 3,825[53] 50,323 as of 18 October 2017[54]
Launchpad 3,965,288[55] 40,881[56] 6,480 as of 18 October 2017[57]
OSDN 54,826[58] 6,294[58] 8,592 as of 18 October 2017[59]
Ourproject.org 6,353[60] 1,846[60] 1,278,995 as of 18 October 2017[61]
Phabricator Unknown Unknown Unknown
SourceForge 3,700,000[62] 500,000[62] 347 as of 18 October 2017[63]
Name Users Projects Alexa rank (lower = more popular)

Discontinued: CodePlex, Gna!, Google Code.

Specialized hosting facilities[edit]

The following are open-source software hosting facilities that only serve a specific narrowly focused community or technology.

Name Ad-free CVS Git SVN Arch Notes
Drupal Yes No Yes No No Only for Drupal related projects.
freedesktop.org Yes No Yes No No Only for interoperability and shared base technology for free software desktop environments on Linux and other Unix-like operating systems, including the X Window System (X11) and cairo (graphics).
mozdev.org Yes Yes Unknown No No Only for Mozilla-related projects.
Name Ad-free CVS Git SVN Arch Notes

Former hosting facilities[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Anyone can submit Bug Reports without logging in.
  2. ^ private branch limited to 5 users on free plan, see Pricing and plans — bitbucket.org
  3. ^ Self hosted version is known as BitBucket Server and only supports Git repositories
  4. ^ Builds are run in Docker containers
  5. ^ Requires one to log in to report a Bug.
  6. ^ private branches are only available with paid plans, not with the free plan, see Plans and Pricing GitHub
  7. ^ Has an open source Community Edition and commercial Enterprise Edition
  8. ^ Currently only available for security vulnerability updates
  9. ^ Ubuntu
  10. ^ Private repositories can be used to set up a project before going live. However, SourceForge requires that the project remains open source. See SourceForge Support.
  11. ^ Self hosted version is known as BitBucket Server and only supports Git repositories
  12. ^ GitLab is not fundamentally organized by projects, so the count is somewhat difficult.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "terms of use". Sourceforge. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU RETAIN OWNERSHIP OF ANY COPYRIGHTS, ... IN ANY CONTENT YOU SUBMIT.
  3. ^ "Github terms of service". Github. We claim no intellectual property rights over the material you provide to the Service.
  4. ^ "Buddy GO - The On-Premises Git and Continuous Integration Platform". Buddy.Works. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  5. ^ "About". GitLab.com. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  6. ^ "GitLab Community Edition (CE) — free software". GitLab.com.
  7. ^ Gerwitz, Mike (2015-05-20). "GitLab, Gitorious, and Free Software". GitLab.com. GitLab. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  8. ^ "GCP migration and Areas where google is blocked".
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  10. ^ "Code/Git".
  11. ^ a b "Launchpad Blog". Blog.launchpad.net. 2015-05-01. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  12. ^ "About OSDN". OSDN. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  13. ^ "About Allura". SourceForge. Archived from the original on 20 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  14. ^ "The Next SourceForge". SourceForge. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  15. ^ "About (SourceForge)". SourceForge. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  16. ^ "Terms of Use". slashdotmedia.com. SlashdotMedia. 18 February 2016. 8. Registration; Use of Secure Areas and Passwords.
  17. ^ http://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/somasegar/2012/10/31/team-foundation-service-is-released/
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 April 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.[not in citation given]
  19. ^ "Visual Studio Team Services Pricing". www.visualstudio.com. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  20. ^ Andy Singleton (27 March 2012). "Announcing Advanced Merge Requests for Git". Blog.assembla.com. Archived from the original on 21 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  21. ^ "Get Started for Free in 60 Seconds | Assembla Plans". Assembla.com. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  22. ^ — Using Mercurial Queues And Bitbucket.org Archived 28 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  23. ^ Publishing a Website on Bitbucket - Bitbucket - Atlassian Documentation Archived 23 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine.. Confluence.atlassian.com. Retrieved on 2013-09-21.
  24. ^ Bitbucket Pipelines
  25. ^ Issue #11404 - Bitbucket equivalent of GitHub Releases? (BB-13572)
  26. ^ "Pull Requests 2.0 · GitHub". Github.com. 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  27. ^ no file attachments, but images can be embedded GitHub Issue Tracker — GitHub
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  29. ^ https://github.com/integrations
  30. ^ "Features". GitLab. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  31. ^ "GitLab Pages". GitLab. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  32. ^ "Continuous Integration". GitLab. Retrieved 2017-05-20.
  33. ^ "GitLab 8.2 released". GitLab. 22 November 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  34. ^ "Savannah's Maintenance Docs: How To Get Your Project Approved Quickly". The review we do can be lengthy and difficult for both the submitter and the reviewer. Be sure to follow these steps; if your project doesn't comply with our requirements, we will ask you to make changes to your project or register again. This ensures a level of quality for projects hosted at Savannah, and even more important, raises awareness of these legal and philosophical issues related to free software.
  35. ^ "Savannah Administration - In Depth Guide [Savannah]". Savannah.nongnu.org. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  36. ^ "Code Repository Tools for Seamless Collaboration".
  37. ^ Collaborating on GitHub with Subversion 路 GitHub. Github.com (2012-06-26). Retrieved on 2015-04-01.
  38. ^ Savannah Support Request, sr #106417 (24 October 2008), GNU Bazaar on Savannah, retrieved 2008-12-10
  39. ^ a b c "java.net Managing a Project: Source Code Repository". 8 February 2013. Archived from the original on 9 November 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  40. ^ "Launchpad Blog". Blog.launchpad.net. 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  41. ^ "Launchpad Blog". Blog.launchpad.net. 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  42. ^ https://sourceforge.net/p/forge/documentation/CVS/
  43. ^ SourceForge docs for bazaar, Bazaar is no longer available for new projects, they only offer limited support for Bazaar for projects previously using it on the Classic SourceForge system (2013-07-01).
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  46. ^ "Bitbucket Cloud: 5 million developers and 900,000 teams". Bitbucket.com. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
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  48. ^ a b "About · GitHub". Github.com. Retrieved 2016-08-19.
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  50. ^ "GitLab.com". GitLab. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  51. ^ Luke Babb (2016-02-11). "2015 was a great year at GitLab!". about.gitlab.com. GitLab Inc. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 564k January 2016
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  54. ^ "How popular is nongnu.org?". alexa.com. Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  55. ^ People and teams in Launchpad. launchpad.net. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  56. ^ Projects registered in Launchpad. launchpad.net. Retrieved 2017-10-18
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  58. ^ a b "OSDN Site top". OSDN. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  59. ^ "How popular is osdn.net?". alexa.com. Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
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