Bitbucket Cloud vs. GitHub

Bitbucket Cloud vs. GitHub

Bitbucket is a Git code management solution built for professional teams. See how we stack up against GitHub.

Enterprise features at 3x savings

Features for professional teams at a fraction of the cost. See how much your team can save by choosing Bitbucket Cloud Premium.

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Top reasons to choose Bitbucket

From a best-in-class integration with Jira Software to integrated CI/CD, Bitbucket Cloud gives you everything you need to build, track, and deploy your software.

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Best-in-class Jira integration

Create and manage Jira issues from Bitbucket and transition issue statuses automatically by entering the issue key in your commits. Plus, all your repos, build, and deployment statuses show up alongside issues in Jira so project teams can stay aligned.

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Atlassian’s DevOps toolchain

Bitbucket is part of Atlassian’s DevOps offering. Atlassian connects development, IT operations, and business teams with automation that spans our products and third-party tools. Integrate with the tools you’re already using, select from our tools, or use a mix of both.

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Integrated CI/CD

Bitbucket Pipelines is Bitbucket’s integrated CI/CD solution that sits alongside your repos. Or you can continue using Bamboo, Jenkins, or other third party CI tools because Bitbucket Cloud works with most major CI/CD providers.

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Enhanced security

Bitbucket Cloud has enterprise-grade security features, including IP whitelisting, IPv6 support, and 2FA. We are SOC-II, SOC III, PCI DSS, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 27018, and GDPR compliant so your code and data are safe in the Cloud.

Feature comparison

Bitbucket Cloud focuses on enterprise teams and is the source code management tool in Atlassian’s DevOps offering. This means Bitbucket comes with native integrations with Atlassian tools like Jira and Confluence, and centralized user management, security, and governance as part of the Atlassian Cloud platform.

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Native Jira Integration

Create new issues or manage existing issues from within Bitbucket Cloud's code review interface. Keep work moving along without having to context switch between apps.

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Link branches, commits, and pull requests to Jira issues

Include the issue key with your commits so your project team is up to date on your development status for each issue. Connect Jira to Bitbucket or GitHub.

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Jira automation

Set your Jira issues to change status automatically when you create a branch, commit, approve a pull request, and an endless permutation of other rules that can be set.

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Integrated CI/CD

Bitbucket Pipelines is integrated into the Bitbucket Cloud UI and is trivial to set up. Automate your code from test to production with no servers to manage or repos to synchronize. You can also integrate with third-party CI/CD tools like Jenkins, CircleCI, Bamboo, and others.

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Integrated code reports in your PR view

Code Insights in Bitbucket Cloud lets you integrate best-of-breed security scanning, test automation and monitoring right into your code review process. View code reports and take action on code quality issues all from within Bitbucket’s pull request experience.

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Enterprise-grade security

Your code is safe in the cloud. Enhanced security features required 2FA, IP allowlisting and Single sign-on are included in Bitbucket Premium.

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Code aware search

Save time combing through usage results with a semantic search that ranks definitions first over usages or variables names. 

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Deployment visibility

Track and preview deployments with Bitbucket Deployments. Manage and track your code from development through code review, build, test, and deployment. You can set this up with apps in GitHub, but this is ready out-of-the-box in Bitbucket.

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Deployment permissions

Set deployment permissions to control who can deploy, and from which branch. Reduce the risk of unwanted changes accidentally deploying to critical customer-facing systems.

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Automated change management with Jira Service Desk

Integrating Bitbucket Cloud with Jira Service Desk will pause your CI/CD process, create a change request in Jira Service Desk, and then trigger the deployment once it is approved.

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Incident resolution with Opsgenie

With the Bitbucket and Opsgenie integration, teams can track the deployment that happened right before the incident, and contact the developer who made the change so that they can roll it back to resolve the incident.

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Embedded Trello boards

Use Trello boards embedded in Bitbucket to help your team plan and track work, and keep non-technical team members in the loop.

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Take actions in Slack

With the Bitbucket bot for Slack, teams can get contextual information and take action straight from within their channel e.g. merge, comment, and even nudge reviewers on pull requests. 

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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 lets you override existing access for specific users and enable merge restrictions at the branch level.

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Git Large File Storage (LFS)

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 on Bitbucket.

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User management

With Bitbucket Cloud on Admin Hub, your organization can get full visibility of all user accounts across Bitbucket, Jira, Confluence, and other Atlassian Cloud products. Find and add services, manage permissions, or check usage and billing.

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Information as of Aug 26, 2020

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