When comparing GitHub Issues vs Bitbucket's bug tracker, the Slant community recommends GitHub Issues for most people. In the question“What are the best free bug-tracking tools for programming? ” GitHub Issues is ranked 1st while Bitbucket's bug tracker is ranked 2nd. The most important reason people chose GitHub Issues is:
GitHub's UI is clean and intuitive. Each view is designed to not fill the screen with useless information. For example, the repository view displays only the most crucial data about that repo - on the top it displays the number of commits, branches, releases and contributors. When clicked, each of them will take the user to a page that displays more detailed information.
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Pro Nice and usable UI
GitHub's UI is clean and intuitive. Each view is designed to not fill the screen with useless information.
For example, the repository view displays only the most crucial data about that repo - on the top it displays the number of commits, branches, releases and contributors. When clicked, each of them will take the user to a page that displays more detailed information.
Pro Large community
GitHub is the largest code host on the planet with over 21.4 million hosted repositories and many users. It's unarguably the largest VCS used by developers worldwide and as such, it has a vibrant community that follows it resulting in many guides and tutorials for new users. Even experienced developers can always find an answer to any question they may have.
Pro Supports Two-Factor authentication
GitHub has added another layer of security to their user accounts. This layer comes in the form of Two-Factor authentication. After it's enabled, GitHub delivers an authentication code by SMS, or by a free application for smartphones. After two-factor authentication is enabled, the authentication code is sent to the account owner's phone any time someone attempts to sign into their GitHub account. This means that only someone who has both the password and authentication code can sign into the account.
Pro Anyone can fork
Any user can fork a project and submit a pull request. If accepted by the owner, the fork will be merged with the master branch.
Pro Convenient continuous integration with Travis CI
GitHub can be integrated with Travis CI for code testing and it is free for free open-source projects.
Pro Excellent native apps
GitHub has native apps for mobile (iOS and Android), Windows and Mac, which make code deployment easier and faster.
Pro Simplified team management tools
GitHub has easy and useful features to control teams, large and small alike. Team members can be given different powers on different projects, ranging from the ability to create them, to only being able to have read-only access.
Pro Free unlimited private repositories for small teams
Bitbucket offers unlimited private repositories for free, as long as the number of members in a team is not larger than 5. BitBucket does not use GitHub's pricing plan, instead of charging users for each private repo, it charges teams per number of team members. It is free for up to 5 people.
Pro Supports both Mercurial and Git
Has full support for both Mercurial and Git VCS.
Pro Native application for both Mac and Windows
Atlassian, the company behind BitBucket is also behind SourceTree, a free application for Windows and Mac wich works as a client for both Git and Mercurial which can be connected to BitBucket and other code hosting services.
Pro Multiple authentication methods
BitBucket supports GitHub, Twitter, Facebook, OpenID, Google and even GitHub authentication.
Con Only public repositories are free
Unfortunately, compared to some other competitors, GitHub offers closed repositories only for premium users, and the price is not cheap at all.
Con Issues are not systematically linked to a specific release
Con Only git repositories are fully supported
Github has full support only for Git, while it has some support for SVN. But it doesn't have any support for Mercurial though.
Con Proprietary tool
Con Only 5 users are free
5 users free: Unlimited private repos, Dedicated support, Code reviews, Custom domains, JIRA integration, REST API.
Con Integration with other tools is not as good as github
Most of the 3rd party tools ( bug trackers, CI servers, chat servers, etc) always integrate with GitHub first, and either don't integrate with Bitbucket at all or do sub par job in it. For example there are 3 separate projects to allow building and verifying pull request submissions on Jenkins CI server and there is only one viable one for BitBucket and that one is really buggy and lacking many features.
The only exception to this rule is Atlassian products like Jira.
Con The UI seems old and not very polished
While GitHub's UI is extremely simple to understand and very polished, BitBucket lacks a bit on this category. With a design that seems old and not as pleasant to look at.