GitHub

GitHub

Social coding & collaborative development platform

4.8/5 (1967 reviews)

GitHub Overview

GitHub is a place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over a million people use GitHub to build amazing things together. With the collaborative features of GitHub.com, desktop and mobile apps, and GitHub Enterprise, the development platform helps individuals and teams to write better code, faster.

From open source to business, users can host and review code, manage projects, and build software alongside millions of other developers. GitHub brings teams together to work through problems, move ideas forward, and learn from each other along the way. On GitHub, lightweight code review tools are built into every pull request.

Teams can create review processes that improve the quality of code and fit neatly into the workflow. Project managers and developers can coordinate, track, and update their work in one place, so projects stay transparent and on schedule. Users can fine tune the process as the team changes, update tools as technologies shift, and find new ways to work better.

Pricing

Starting from
US$7,00/month
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Asia, Australia, Canada, China, Europe and 5 others, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa

Supported Languages

English

GitHub Reviews

Overall rating
4.8/5
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Si M.

Convenience just a pull away: GitHub, a game-changing tool for developers

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/06/18
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, learning Git and GitHub made life as a developer convenient. We transitioned from manually merging our code to using GitHub. Although it required some practice, it was well worth the time. We realized that we were missing out and how our older projects would have been a breeze if we learned about GitHub sooner.

Pros

Knowing git and GitHub boosted the productivity of my team members and I. We were able to cutback on the times we were doing manual version control work rather than actual software development. It has been very useful to the point that it has been integrated into our project work pipeline. It has been very reliable and our team has never encountered problems in uploading and retrieving the code of others. We are able to document any changes to our code and fix conflicting code which made working in a team much more convenient.

Our team of 3 uses the free version which allows us to collaborate with each other, set up a public or private repository, document our bugs, and manage our workflow which already is a lot for a free service. Paid options allow for collaboration of bigger teams, analytics, and other advanced features.

Aside from that, a GUI version of the application allows you to visually see the changes in the project and simplifies the workflow. Tutorials and documentations on how to use GitHub, for both the GUI and command line versions are available. Most source code editors now even have GitHub integrated and allows you to do the commands without leaving the editor.

Cons

As great as GitHub is, it really takes some time in getting used to, especially for beginners. It has a steep learning curve and you are most likely going to have to use a search engine for the tasks you want to do. GitHub also has an application with a GUI which is relatively beginner friendly, but even then, the Git workflow is really something that requires practice. I personally use the Command Line Interface and the difficult part is knowing the commands to use in which I solved by printing out a cheat sheet.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

The one and only open source hub for developers to upskill, learn and contribute to community

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/04/13
Review Source: Capterra

A must for all developers and interns who wish to make a great future in the field of technology. Outstanding and simply splendid experience!

Pros

The overall platform is really vast and well designed for developers in the software fields (IT/CS) willing to contribute in terms of open source to the entire technology communities.
It is really easy to upload our code or related development work, files and projects on to the GitHub platform using version control systems like GIT integrated in the respective IDE's or from the terminal.
Using this platform has given me great exposure to others on the same platform as it makes my code public where others can watch, vote and contribute on the same project. Apart from this, we can either have projects marked as private or public based on the type of repository we wish to choose.
Being online, we do not need to save backups or worry about loss of projects and code changes as all this is managed through the version controls and commits done via pull requests.
Overall, this is the one and only best place for managing code, getting others to contribute on similar lines and more.
Users can not only write scripts to push their code, but they also provide a GUI that is useful to upload their code on to the GitHub platform. Approvals from developers and self is managed pretty easily.

Cons

Literally, haven't noticed much cons as this is the top-most platform on my list for the benefits it provides and reduces the overall complexities of managing projects and stuff.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Sébastien L.

A Secure, Reputable and Scalable Solution for All Your Developer's Needs

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/04/14
Review Source: Capterra

Because GitHub is a reputable service used by millions of developers, it serves as a great tool to show off your skills to potential employers. I personally got the privilege of getting access to more work opportunities as my experience using the service was taken into account when working remotely with a team. Being uselessly paranoid about potentially losing my files and projects, I feel reassured knowing that my code is being hosted on GitHub while being seamlessly synchronized on a third-party storage service, allowing for a painless retrieval of anything of importance in the worst case scenario. It also serves as a useful backup in case the code base gets messed up locally: it suffices to delete everything and start from scratch by pulling all the data from GitHub. The reverse is also true: if for some reasons a project has diverged too much from local changes being made, it is very simple to rewrite the history of a project by reusing only local references and discarding anything on the other side. Since Git isn't particularly easy to approach for beginners, having all those safeguards and the ability to undo most actions brings peace of mind to the user.

Pros

Since GitHub relies on Git underneath, one can be assured that it uses a strong, open source system behind the scenes. It integrates so well with the command-line that it's the main way I interact with GitHub on a daily basis. All essential actions you may need to perform are also available in the graphical interface on GitHub, making for a convenient experience when on the move as all necessary tools can be accessed either way. It offers security features such as the ability to link SSH and GPG keys, allowing users to verify their commits and secure their identity. The two-factor authentication system is also impressively well thought-out, having various recovery options including security keys, SMS number, recovery tokens, recovery codes and even fallback SMS number. If you often write the same content in form of comments, there is even a feature to have "saved replies", speeding up the interaction process for recurring matters. GitHub is also extremely accessible, offering unlimited private repositories for personal use. Even open source organizations can benefit tremendously without having to spend a dime as it includes by default everything one can need. GitHub is also perfect for students, giving you access to pro features and discounts through their "Student Developer Pack". GitHub Pages is another fantastic aspect of the platform, allowing you to host a website without any hassle, with really quick build time while also ranking very high on search engines.

Cons

Even though all members in a specific organization on GitHub may prove they are all verified students, there is still the need for the educational institution to set up a few steps on their own to approve changes being made, which slows down considerably the initial setup. The search options, although they are powerful, aren't very intuitive and many useful functions are well hidden in the documentation pages. As a regular user, there is no option to freely start collaborating in private repositories before scaling up, which is a feature that's often available on other similar platforms. On that note, the price tag for GitHub is relatively high for the added benefits compared to other solutions. There is a restriction on file size, which cannot exceed 100 Mb. In most instances, this is not an inconvenient, but it will not be an appropriate platform to handle sharing large files when rendering 3D models for example.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Chamath N.

GitHub become a game changer and the source of success to us

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/12/27
Review Source: Capterra

The ability that is seen on the GitHub and once the account was created for our project it was all fun for the team members. The future of the big and small projects now point directly to the new development on GitHub. From one point of control, you can supervise the progress and changes made by the team members. It has a friendly cost of operation and can be implemented at any stage of the project.

Pros

My first interaction with GitHub has never been changed and made different following the impact it had on my project. The fact that I was leading a big team that needed to share and update file frequently, GitHub become a game changer and the source of success to us. When asked to use the software for any project any time, I would settle for this with confidence following the following facts

I went against the norm to compare the ability of the software and here are some of the reasons it remained on top for me.

-Very easy to get started use.
-Compatible with many other devices that are needed.
-Can be shared in a team simultaneously seamlessly.
-Organizes the work depending on the latest changes.
-Offers central view of the project leading to easy supervision.
-Requires simple device to host and integrates perfectly with the internet.
-Has a great collection library to edit your work.
-Offers pocket-friendly cost to all users.

Cons

Not all our needs were met with ease following the great expectation that we had. Here are some points to have in mind even after the great ability has been demonstrated.

-It works with predefined command.
-Requires strict monitoring as changes can be compromised to interfere with the meaning.
-Fast and stable internet is a must have for success.
-You need technical know-how to manipulate and make changes on the platform.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Ashish A.

best ever git repository hosting service provider

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/01/14
Review Source: Capterra

Github is very easy to use git hosting provider server. Github allows easy contributions of code between our project members. Github provides a way to review code before it is merged into master branch. It provides nice interface to view all commit history and allows to easily compare two different commits. Github provide fast searching across all files. I recommend git hub to all developers who are looking for an simple and easy to use source code management and git version control hosting server. GitHub has some of the best documentation around. Github makes easy to contributions to projects within small and large teams.

Pros

GitHub is most popular git version control repository server. Github provides collaboration features such as project read me, wikis, issue tracking, pull requests, commit history, access control to various collaborators. It provides all features of GIt as well as adding its own features. Github provides a feature to compare two branches or two commits called pull request. A code reviewer can review and provide his commits on this. GIthub provides private repository for personal projects. We are using github in our each and every project as source code management.

Cons

If someone is new to GitHub, one of the challenges is getting to grips with the github model, which requires practice and time. It costs to have a versioning repository on GitHub. Github GUI a little confusing to use and it is easy to use its CLI instead. Private repositories are chargeable. Bitbucket comes with Jira integration that is still missing in Github

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

GitHub Pricing

Starting from
US$7,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Developer: $7 per month

Team: $9 per user / month

Business:
$21 per user / month, Hosted on GitHub.com
$21 per user / month, GitHub Enterprise (Sold in packs of 10 users and billed annually.)

Free plans available.

GitHub Features

  • API
  • Access Control
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Monitoring
  • Projections
  • SSL Security
  • Third Party Integration

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Application Integration
  • Auditing
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Data Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Workflow Management

Additional information for GitHub

Key features of GitHub

  • @mentions
  • Approximately 6 million hosted git repositories
  • Assignees
  • Built-in review tools
  • Code hosting
  • Code review
  • Collaboration
  • Conversations
  • Documentation
  • GitHub Pages
  • Give feedback
  • Graphical representation of branches
  • Integrated issue and bug tracking
  • Integrations
  • Milestones
  • Project management
  • Propose changes
  • Protect branches
  • Set community guidelines
  • Social coding
  • Team and user permissions
  • Team management
  • Track and assign tasks
  • Wikis

Benefits

  • Every repository on GitHub comes with the tools needed to manage your project. Open to the community for public projects – secured for private projects.

  • GitHub keeps your public and private code available, secure, and backed up. Stop hoarding code on your hard drive; it takes less than a minute to push code up to GitHub and start collaborating with others...

  • It doesn’t matter if you prefer to use the command line git client, a tool like hg-git, or a graphical application like SmartGit— we’re dedicated to helping you collaborate easily and securely.

  • GitHub FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for GitHub.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does GitHub offer?

    GitHub offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: US$7,00/month

    Pricing model: Free, Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    Developer: $7 per month

    Team: $9 per user / month

    Business:
    $21 per user / month, Hosted on GitHub.com
    $21 per user / month, GitHub Enterprise (Sold in packs of 10 users and billed annually.)

    Free plans available.

    Q. What are the main features of GitHub?

    GitHub offers the following features:

    • @mentions
    • Approximately 6 million hosted git repositories
    • Assignees
    • Built-in review tools
    • Code hosting
    • Code review
    • Collaboration
    • Conversations
    • Documentation
    • GitHub Pages
    • Give feedback
    • Graphical representation of branches
    • Integrated issue and bug tracking
    • Integrations
    • Milestones
    • Project management
    • Propose changes
    • Protect branches
    • Set community guidelines
    • Social coding
    • Team and user permissions
    • Team management
    • Track and assign tasks
    • Wikis

    Q. Who are the typical users of GitHub?

    GitHub has the following typical customers:

    Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

    Q. What languages does GitHub support?

    GitHub supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does GitHub offer?

    GitHub has the following pricing plans:

    Free, Subscription

    Q. Does GitHub support mobile devices?

    We do not have any information about what devices GitHub supports

    Q. What other apps does GitHub integrate with?

    GitHub integrates with the following applications:

    Bitium, Cube, HipChat, JIRA Software, LeanKit, Planbox Work, SpiraPlan, SpiraTeam, Yodiz, Zoho BugTracker

    Q. What level of support does GitHub offer?

    GitHub offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials