Comparison of source code hosting facilities

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A source code repository is a file archive and web hosting facility where large amounts of source code for software, but also for web pages are kept, either publicly or privately. They are often used by open-source 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 FSF-copyrighted programs at GNU Savannah.[1][2][3]

Overview

General information

Name Manager Established Server side: all free software Client side: all-free JS code Developed and/or used CDE Require free software on registration Ad-free Cost Notes
Alioth Debian Project 2003 Yes Yes FusionForge Unknown Yes Free Preference for Debian related projects
Assembla Assembla, Inc 2005 No Unknown Unknown No Yes 7-day free trial. Commercial projects with customizable sets of tools and features.
Betavine Vodafone 2007 No Unknown Unknown No No Free
Bitbucket Atlassian 2008 No No Unknown No Yes Free private repositories are limited to 5 users
CloudForge Collabnet 2000 No Unknown Unknown No Yes $2 /user/month[4]
CodePlex Microsoft 2006-05 No Unknown Unknown No Yes Free Project must be OSS licensed
Freepository Unknown 1999 Yes No Unknown Unknown Yes Free accounts have web access only. Freepository is ceasing operations on 2016-05-01
GitHub GitHub, Inc 2008-04 No No Unknown No Yes Free for public repos

$9 /user/month for organization use[5]

GitLab GitLab B.V. 2011-09[6] Yes Yes[7] GitLab Community Edition (CE) free software, GitLab Enterprise Edition (EE) proprietary No Yes Unlimited public and private repos, unlimited public and private collaborators[8]
Gna! Unknown 2004-01 Yes Yes Savane Yes Yes Free Only for free software projects. Code access review[9]
GNU Savannah Savannah Administration 2001-01 Yes Yes Savane Yes Yes Free Project by the Free Software Foundation and projects with a GPL compatible license. Code access review[10]
JavaForge Intland Software 2005 No Yes Unknown No Yes Free Ceased operations in March 2016.
Kallithea SFC 2014[11] Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Yes Free
Launchpad Canonical Ltd. 2004 Yes No Launchpad No Yes Unknown Supports Bazaar for version-controlled repository hosting. Git support is in beta.[12]
OSDN OSDN K.K. 2002-04 Unknown Yes Unknown No No Free For open-source projects only.[13]
Ourproject.org Comunes Collective 2002 Yes No Unknown No Yes Free For free software, free culture and free knowledge projects.
OW2 Consortium OW2 Consortium Unknown Unknown No Unknown No Yes Unknown Oriented on middleware technology.
RhodeCode RhodeCode 2010[14] No Unknown Unknown No Yes Unlimited for teams of up to 25 users
SEUL Unknown 1997-05 Unknown No Unknown No Yes Unknown
SourceForge BizX LLC 1999-11 Yes[15][16] Yes Apache Allura No No Free, commercial services are offered as well For open-source projects only.[17]
Blocked in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria[18]
Tigris.org (community) 2000 Unknown No Unknown No No Unknown Restricted to collaborative software development tools. Tigris.org is no longer accepting new project proposals.
Team Foundation Server Microsoft 2012-2005[19] Unknown No Unknown No Yes Free private repositories are limited to 5 users
Visual Studio Team Services Microsoft 2012[20] Unknown No Unknown No Yes Free version and paid commercial version available
Name Manager Established Server side: all free software Client side: all-free JS code Developed and/or used CDE Require free software on registration Ad-free Cost Notes

Features

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
Alioth No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Unknown Yes
Assembla Yes[21] Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes[22] Yes Yes Yes Unknown No
Bitbucket Yes[23] Yes[n 1] Yes[24] Yes No No No No Yes Yes[n 2] No No Yes Yes Commercially (Stash)[n 3]
CloudForge Unknown Yes Yes Yes No No No No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown No
CodePlex No Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No
GitHub Yes[25] Yes[26][n 4] Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes[n 5] Yes 3rd-party (e.g. Travis CI, Appveyor and others)[27] Yes Yes Commercially (GitHub Enterprise)
GitLab Yes[28] Yes Yes[29] Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes[30] Yes No Yes[n 6]
GNU Savannah Yes[31] Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No[32] No No Yes No Yes Unknown Yes
JavaForge Yes[33] Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Unknown No
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[n 7] Yes Yes[n 8] 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
RhodeCode Yes No Yes No No Unknown No No Yes Yes Unknown No Yes Unknown Yes
SourceForge Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
tigris.org No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Unknown No longer for new projects[n 9] No
Team Foundation Server Yes Yes Yes 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 Yes
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

Other features

  • Alioth: Sample Code, Help Wanted, Anonymous FTP
  • Assembla: Ticket backlog planning, Ticket flow control (Cardwall), Ticket tags that allow a better tasks organization,[34] FTP, Time Tracking, StandUp Reporting, File Sharing, Google Docs Integration, API,[35] Scripts Execution through SSH (i.e. automated deploys on commits), Viewing source code as webpage, Highly customizable Webhooks, Custom Tabs that allow to view external websites inside the project,[36] Space Manager (tool for master/child relations between projects),[37] Merge Requests,[21] Protected Branches[38]
  • Bitbucket: OpenID, visualizations
  • Codeplex: Windows Live ID
  • GitHub: Public API,[39] static web-page hosting,[40] pastebin service Gist,[41] 3D model support,[42] support for OAuth 2.0 and SSH keys, Automatic Page Generator,[43] Graphs: Contributors, Commit Activity, Code Frequency, Punchcard, Pulse and Network Graph, email notifications, Integrations Directory.[27]
  • JavaForge: Public remote API, Document management
  • Launchpad: Blueprints, Karma, Answer, Mail interface, public API, OpenID Provider, Non-project branch
  • Open Build Service: public API
  • OSDN: Blog, Pastebin, MySQL[44]
  • SourceForge: Public API , Help Wanted, OpenID Relying Party, Piwik Web Analytics,[45] support for Media Wiki, Blog , Pastebin , Support for OAuth 1.0 with bearer tokens and SSH keys, option to write reviews about projects, Freenode IRC Channel, option to migrate Trac tickets, Network Graph, public feature requests and site support tickets for Sourceforge and Allura , email notifications
  • tigris.org: public API, extensive help

Available version control systems

Name CVS Git Mercurial SVN Bazaar TFS Arch Perforce Fossil
Alioth Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
Assembla No Yes No Yes No No No Yes No
Betavine Yes No No Yes No No No Unknown Unknown
Bitbucket No Yes Yes No No No No No No
CloudForge No Yes No Yes No No No No No
CodePlex No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No
Freepository No No No Yes No No No Unknown Unknown
GitHub No Yes Yes Partial[46] No No No No No
GitLab No Yes No No No No No No No
Gna! Yes No No Yes No No Yes No No
GNU Savannah Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[47] No Yes No No
java.net No Yes[48] Yes[48] Yes[48] No No No No No
JavaForge Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Unknown Unknown
Kallithea No Yes Yes No No No No No No
Launchpad Import only Yes[12][49] Import only[50] 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
RhodeCode No Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
SEUL.org Yes No No Yes No No No Unknown Unknown
SourceForge Yes Yes Yes Yes No longer for new projects[51] No No Unknown Yes
Tigris.org Yes No No Yes No No No Unknown Unknown
Name CVS Git Mercurial SVN Bazaar TFS Arch Perforce Fossil

Popularity

Name Users Projects Alexa rank (lower = more popular)
Alioth 22,731[52] 1,106[52] N/A (subdomain not tracked)
Assembla Unknown 526,581+[53] 10,635 as of 6 December 2015[54]
Bitbucket Unknown Unknown 1,127 as of 24 January 2016[55]
CodePlex Unknown 107,712[56] 2,947 as of 6 December 2015[57]
GitHub 14,000,000[58] 35,000,000[58][n 10] 63 as of 23 May 2016[59]
GitLab 20,000[60] 100,000+[60][n 11] 8,563 as of 21 September 2015[61]
Gna! 8,710 1,450 160,996 as of 6 December 2015[62]
GNU Savannah 67,746[63] 3,704[63] 61,543 as of 7 December 2015[64]
Google Code Unknown[n 12] 250,000+[65] N/A (subdomain not tracked)
JavaForge Unknown Unknown 816,023 as of 4 April 2015[66]
Launchpad 2,946,697[67] 37,567[68] 5,992 as of 6 December 2015[69]
OSDN 50,871[70] 5,952[70] 16,814 as of 17 June 2015[71]
Ourproject.org Unknown[n 12] 1,411[72] N/A (subdomain not tracked)
SourceForge 3,700,000[73] 430,000[73] 314 as of 4 April 2016[74]
Tigris.org Unknown Unknown 101,435 As of December 2015[75]
Name Users Projects Alexa rank (lower = more popular)

Specialized hosting facilities

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 Yes Yes Unknown No No Only for Mozilla related projects.
Name Ad-free CVS Git SVN Arch Notes

Former hosting facilities

See also

Notes

  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 Stash and only supports Git repositories
  4. Requires one to log in to report a Bug.
  5. private branches are only available with paid plans, not with the free plan, see Plans and Pricing GitHub
  6. Has an open source Community Edition and commercial Enterprise Edition
  7. Currently only available for security vulnerability updates
  8. Ubuntu
  9. "Open Source Software Engineering". Tigris.org. Retrieved 2015-05-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. GitHub is not fundamentally organized by projects, so the count is somewhat difficult. This figure is likely to be far higher at the present.
  11. GitLab is not fundamentally organized by projects, so the count is somewhat difficult.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Data not available.

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