Bitbucket Server (previously Stash) is a self-hosted git repository manager which can be used as an alternative to Github. It's built with a focus on enterprise teams by the same company that built Bitbucket.
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Pro Stash is built with focus on enterprise teams
Stash is built with focus on enterprise teams, as such it can scale up to 5000 users on a single instance, it is flexible enough to deploy to multiple OS and has multiple backing stores and database options.
Pro Issue tracking with JIRA and integration with Bamboo and HipChat
Stash uses JIRA for issue tracking and integrate out-of-the-box with Bamboo and Hitchat. Furthermore, it has many third party integrations and comprehensive API points for custom tools and integration.
Pro Easy to set up and use
Stash installation is very easy and there are install wizards for Windows, Linux and OSX. There are also a lot of tutorials and guides that cover the installation process and more.
Pro Backed by an established company with amazing support
Stash is backed and developed by Atlassian, an established and world-class software company with a great history of customer support.
Pro Stash has a great permission system
Stash has a permissions system that has 4 levels that go down to branch level.
- Global Permissions: Decide who can log in, who the system admin is, etc...
- Project Permissions: Read, write, and admin permissions at the project level.
- Repository Permissions: Read, write, and admin permissions on a repository level.
- Branch Permissions: Access and write(push) on a branch level.
Pro Approvals for pull requests
In Stash, pull requests are visible to all team members, but they can only be approved for merging by a limited number of globally set reviewers.
Pro Stash is excellent for code reviews
It's easy to create pull requests through the different view options and commenting. Stash also offers code reviews via pull requests, leading to better code quality.
Pro Stash is cross-platform
Works fully on Linux and with limitations on Windows and OS X. It also has installers that will make the installation easy for each of them.
Con No wikis or issue tracking out of the box
Stash is commonly used in conjunction with JIRA and Confluence to provide issue tracking and wiki/project management solution respectively.
Nor does it have some commonfly found info on Github, such as:
- Project description
- Most recent commit message/contributor on top
- Most recent commit message/date for each item in the file browser
- Contributor information
- Commit count, no branch count
Con It doesn't have the ability to edit files from the browser
In Stash you can't edit files in the Web UI out of the box. You have to buy an additional plugin for that.
Costs money, but it is one-time (maintenance after first year is additional), and is much less than GitHub Enterprise if you have a rather large team.
Con It doesn't support Gists
Gists are a way to share code files, documents or discussions without needing a full git repo. Stash unfortunately has no equivalent. There is a payed plugin which can fill some of that void but it still does not compensate for the power of Gist.