When comparing Phabricator vs Bonobo Git Server, 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 Bonobo Git Server is ranked 13th. 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 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.
Bonobo Git Server is an open-source project under MIT License.
Pro Web User Interface
Manage users and have full control over your repositories with a nice user friendly graphical interface.
Pro Open source
Bonobo Git Server is an open-source project under MIT License. The source code is available on github and is very extensible.
Pro Simple to use
Pro Easy setup and installation
Pro Easy administration
Adding Teams and repositories can done from the UI or by editing files. Very easy
Pro Very simple LDAP integration
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.
Runs under IIS on Windows.
Con Only repository mangment
Not a full DevOps solution, like issue tracking, project management, deploy, etc.
Con Branch level UAC
Not easy to have branch let user access control.
Con Inaccurate installation instructions made for a painful and failed installation
Inaccurate installation instructions which did not reflect what was displayed on the screen, despite following the instructions step by step. Is it really so difficult for developers to test their own instructions against a fresh server to see if they work? Two hours down the drain before moving on to another product... Not as advertised :(
Con Not self-hosted
Strictly speaking, when IIS is needed it is not "self hosted". Gitea and Gogs for instance do not need anything else installed.