When comparing Tower 2 vs Fork, the Slant community recommends Fork for most people. In the question“What are the best Git clients for macOS?” Fork is ranked 4th while Tower 2 is ranked 8th.
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Pro Git-flow integration
Git-flow provide a consistent development process by defining a strict branching model that is great for managing large projects. T2 allows setting up and integrating into repos that follow this model.
Pro Pretty, modern-looking user interface
T2 has a good-looking interface and consists of 3 main views - services, repositories and repository.
Services view for managing integrations with hosting services like GitHub, Bitbucket and Beanstalk.
Repositories view for organizing local and remote repositories into folders and getting general overview about them.
Repo view that consists of two main subviews:
Working copy view shows modified files and their diff and allows wrapping up changes in a commit.
History shows commits alongside metadata and projects file structure.
Additionally, it allows performing various tasks such as merging branches via drag & drop, search allows searching by message, commit hash, author, committer and file and there's a quick open that allows fuzzy-searching for folder names.
Pro Offers a visual way to solve conflicts
T2 shows conflicting files, their authors and the commit that made changes. It then allows selecting which files should be used in the final result.
Pro Fetches remotes at regular intervals
See what colleages or other contributors are doing in order to perform merges.
Pro Fast and easy to use
Pro Dark theme support
Pro Comfortable when staging line-by-line changes
This feature is superior to the one that is implemented by SourceTree as it does not reset the file scroll view to the top of the file after each stage.
If you do feature-specific commits after some time of development - it's very important to be able to easily compose the commit from different line-based changes.
Pro Highlights the difference within a line
Pro Smart Diff is very handy
Pro Merge Conflict Resolution is great
Pro Free (for the moment)
The majority of work on Fork is done in the developers' spare time and, despite requests from the Fork community (who are keen to support the app), the product is still free. The developers are open about the possibility that they might make it a paid app at some point in the future, but the price is expected to be low and it will not be on a subscription basis.
Pro Overall aesthetic
The GUI components are flawless on the Mac. It is expected to be a similar experience on Windows. Once you realize that you can filter by branch, your appreciation for the product will go up dramatically.
Pro Comfortable keyboard shortcuts
Pro Tabbed interface
Several repos can be open at once in individual tabs, so it's trivial to switch back and forth between them.
Pro Many cons aren’t true
Many of the reported cons are no longer true and should be deleted.
Price starts at $69 USD per year.
Con It requires separate licenses for MacOS and Windows
Usually a lot of products that are on MacOS and Windows let you use the same license for both platforms. Tower forces you to pay two licences if you are in this case (the unique benefit is a 20% of discount on the second platform).
Dog slow if you have large repos. UI is terribly inefficient and is prone to beach balling often.
Con No longer supported since the release of Tower 3
This is the last version of Tower available via a perpetual licence (vs subscription) but the focus is now on Tower 3 so, although version 2 still works, it is no longer receiving updates or fixes.
Con Inefficient UI
In order to not overwhelm the users with information, much of the information is either hidden by default or requires navigating to a different section to access.
Con Doesn't support subtrees
Con Unable to add custom parameters for git commands
The inability to add default custom parameters for git commands is a read deal breaker. Imagine that you want to add --no-force-with-lease to push command but this is impossible with Tower because it does not allow you to configure extra parameters for git commands.
Con Hard to see which repos have uncommitted changes at a glance
Have to click the repo names one by one to see the uncommitted changes. Remember Sourcetree Mac client having an indicator showing the number of uncommited changes.
Con Still a young client, thus not as feature rich
This git GUI client is quite young compared to industry old-timers like git-tower 2 or SourceTree. So it's not as feature rich as you'd like. Still a very capable client for a simple day-to-day work.
Con Requires granting access to your git projects for the developer of the app
Con No Linux version
This git client is not compatible with Linux making the life harder for the developers that work on both, MacOS and some Linux distro.