When comparing Bitbucket Server vs Phabricator, the Slant community recommends Phabricator for most people. In the question“What are the best self-hosted web-based Git repository managers?” Phabricator is ranked 3rd while Bitbucket Server is ranked 5th. The most important reason people chose Phabricator is:
Phabricator is completely free and open source. It's source code is hosted on [GitHub](https://github.com/phacility/phabricator/).
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 Free and open source
Phabricator is completely free and open source. It's source code is hosted on GitHub.
Pro Actively updated
Phabricator is quickly improving, with bug fixes and new features added often. There is an update to the changelog every couple of weeks.
Pro Bug tracker is included
Includes a bug tracker out of the box. Allows for managing bugs, creating issues, commenting on them and closing them.
Pro Supports the three major version control systems
Support for Git, SVN and Mercurial is available.
Pro Super flexible bussiness rules (Herald)
Pro Able to review graphical asset changes as well as code.
Pro Built-in Wiki and pages support
Pro Fine grained access control
With using Spaces and Project and custom policies you can have any combination of access to any object inside of your own Phabricator instance.
Pro Designed by software engineers for software engineers
The engineering workflow is far superior to Github style branching and merging. Phabricator separates local representations of the repository from remote, which enables a variety of workflow optimisations, like stacked diffs on a single branch.
Pro Built-in Q&A platform - Ponder
Instead of having to have separate Q&A tool, there's Ponder which takes out the hassle.
Pro Code ownership
Users can subscribe to files or even repositories and notifications will be sent when code you are subscribed to is changed.
Pro Command Line Access (via arc)
Pro Able to track design mockups
You can track not only code bud also design mockups.
Pro Built-in voting
You can create voting in an instant and need not to rely on external tools.
Pro Built-in blogging platform
There's a great platform which you can use to post stuff, or use as an internal blog, dev blog, release anouncement place and many others.
Pro Built-in Chatrooms
Pro Able to manage legal agreements for open source projects
Pro Fully customizeable workboard
You can configure your workspace to deal with tasks, bugs, todo's, etc.
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 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 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.
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.
Con Difficult to configure
Compared to a solution like Bitbucket Server (granted Phabricator offers more options), it is difficult to configure. Settings are scattered everywhere and you must drill down through several screens to find some of them. Documentation is very complete but also not always in parity with the application itself.