10 Best GitHub Alternatives to Host Open Source Projects

Github is a powerful, secure and the most popular online platform for hosting software projects for version control using Git. It is particularly well known as a development platform for open source projects, however, Github supports private repositories as well.

With Microsoft reportedly acquiring Github, many open source enthusiast are probably weary of this acquisition, knowing very well that Microsoft is a for-profit company, and who knows, terms and conditions are bound to change (as is always the case with such deals) concerning the world’s leading software development platform.

If you are one of those already thinking of alternatives to Github for hosting your open source project(s), then check out the list below.

1. GitLab

Gitlab is an open source, powerful, secure, efficient, feature-rich and robust application for handling software development and operations (DevOps) lifecycle. This is possibly the number one alternative for Github, as it supports group milestones, issue tracker, configurable issue boards and group issues, moving of issues between projects, and more.

It also supports time tracking, powerful branching tools and protected branches and tags, file locking, merge requests, custom notifications, project roadmaps, issues weights, confidential and related issues, burndown charts for project and group milestones.

GitLab

GitLab

In addition, you can perform matter-most integrations, create issue(s) from email and preview your changes with review apps. GitLab also provides a Web IDE, and multiple project templates for you to get started with a project, and so much more.

You can self-host Gitlab on your VPS or use hosted services at a price. Using the importer, you can import your GitHub repositories to GitLab or to your self-hosted GitLab instance. Gitlab is being used by Stack Overflow, IBM, AT&T, Microsoft, and more.

2. Bitbucket

Bitbucket is a powerful, fully scalable and high-performance development platform designed for professional teams. Education users and open source projects get free Bitbucket accounts, and many other features. You can easily import your GitHub repositories to Bitbucket in 6 simple steps, and supports third-party integrations.

It has remarkable features such as, Bitbucket pipelines, code search, pull requests, flexible deployment models, diff view, smart mirroring, issue tracking, IP whitelisting and branch permissions for safeguarding your workflow.

BitBucket GitHub Alternative

BitBucket GitHub Alternative

Bitbucket also offers amazing support for Git Large File Storage (LFS) for game development. It allows unlimited number of private repositories, and seamlessly integrates into your existing workflow, and has built-in continuous delivery.

Bitbucket is being used by companies such as BBC Worldwide, Alibaba, AVG, Avast, Blackberry and many more.

3. Beanstalk

Beanstalk is a powerful, secure, high-performance and reliable platform for managing source code repositories. Beanstalk designed to improve your development workflow using features such as code review, issue tracker, repository statistics, release notes, notifications, email digests, compare view, and a full history of commits and files, and so much more.

Beanstalk GitHub Alternative

Beanstalk GitHub Alternative

In Beanstalk, security is implemented via repository and branch level permissions, and account security via two-step authentication, IP access records, enforcing strong passwords and IP access restrictions. It supports deployment in multiple environments with custom configurations. Companies such as Phillips, Intel and many others, are making use of Beanstalk.

4. Launchpad

Launchpad is a fully free, well known platform for building, managing and collaborating on software projects, built by Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu Linux. It has features such as code hosting, Ubuntu package building and hosting bug tracking, code reviews, mail listing, and specification tracking. Furthermore, Launchpad supports translations, answer tracking and FAQs.

Launchpad GitHub Alternative

Launchpad GitHub Alternative

Some of the popular projects hosted on Launchpad include Ubuntu Linux, MySQL, OpenStack, Terminator and more.

5. Sourceforge

Sourceforge is a free open source software development and distribution platform built to specifically uplift open source projects. It is hosted on Apache Allura, and supports any number of individual projects.

SourceForge GitHub Alternative

SourceForge GitHub Alternative

Sourceforge offers code repositories, open source directory, tools for integrated issue tracking, as well as project documentation. It also supports forums, blogs and mailing lists. Sourceforge is being used to host projects such as Apache OpenOffice, FileZilla, and lots more.

6. Phabricator

Phabricator is an open source, powerful, fast and highly-scalable code hosting platform. It provides an assortment of tools for building and collaborating on software projects in a faster manner.

Phabricator GitHub Alternative

Phabricator GitHub Alternative

You can self-host on your VPS or use hosted services. Its feature set comprises of repository hosting, code review, documentation, bug tracking, project management, and so much more.

7. GitBucket

GitBucket is an open source, highly pluggable Git platform that runs on JVM (Java Virtual Machine). It comes with features such as a repository viewer, issues tracker, pull requests, documentation and wiki, as well as a plugin system to extend its core features.

GitBucket GitHub Alternative

GitBucket GitHub Alternative

8. Gogs

Gogs is a free open source, lightweight, extensible and cross-platform self-hosted Git service that has minimal system requirements. It is easy to install, and tiny enough to run on a Raspberry Pi. Gogs is probably the easiest and fastest way to setup your own self-hosted code hosting solution for your open source project.

Gogs GitHub Alternative

Gogs GitHub Alternative

9. Gitea

Gitea is a free open source, easy to install, community managed fork of Gogs. It is also a simple and fast method of setting up a self-hosted Git service for open source software development.

Gitea GitHub Alternative

Gitea GitHub Alternative

10. Apache Allura

Apache Allura is an open source, flexible, extensible and pluggable project hosting platform which was initially developed at SourceForge.

Apache Allura GitHub Alternative

Apache Allura GitHub Alternative

It provides a collection of tools to assist people collaborate on software projects, and has features such as issue tracking, powerful searching, syntax highlighting, forking and merge and pull requests, commit history graph view, threaded discussion forums, code repository, and project documentation, and lots more. It is self-hosted on an instance of Allura.

That’s all for now! In this article, we have listed 10 best alternatives to Github, for hosting your open source project(s). Share your thoughts about this list or let us know of any any other software repository hosting platforms you are using out there, via the feedback form below.

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5 Responses

  1. The_GTA says:

    Dear Aaron, thank you very much for giving us this list of great open-source hosts! I would like to mention OSDN.net as another great alternative to get your open source code hosted. While it is also being maintained by a corporation (you seem to be critical of that), it does support Git, SVN, and Mercurial. You get your own subdomain to host HTML-based documentation. There is a ranking system between members that stirs up motivation.

    I am an active developer on OSDN.net myself and am hoping to find people that are willing to support it.

  2. Catalin Boie says:

    Hi!

    Another free software git hosting tool is rocketgit. It is the only AGPL software on the market.

    Full dusclosure: I am the author.

    Catalin(ux) M. BOIE

  3. Marcos Oliveira says:

    Excellent tip! I migrated from Github to Gitlab, however, I realize that there are some limitations in Gitlab, silly things that are missing, such as: use of the www on the site; redirect when URL exists (that is, when you access mydomain.gitlab.io it does not redirect automatically to mydomain.com, you had to create a script in JS for this to happen, and this is quite strange, as it is easy to modify by the user, leaves the redirection much slower);

    My feed.xml, has stopped working, I will have to analyze if there is no policy of using Gitlab, among other details. But the Gitlab interface is much friendlier. I’ll test the others on this list. Many thanks for the tip, I was just looking for a post about it.

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