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Top 5 free Github Alternatives

Github is widely used web based hosting service used worldwide. It uses Git revisions system for software development projects. Any one can make profile on Github and start using it. Git hub allows unlimited public repository for all users and for private repository  monthly subscription is needed.

Below the list of 5 best Github alternatives –

1 – Bitbucket – Bitbucket is widely used for small team less than 5 members for free.  It does not allow self-hosting. Small team loves to use it because it provides private repos too. .


2 – GitLab –  GitLab is the very best alternative to Github. Its open source and self hosted. GitLab is became popular when people used to found Gitorious lagging some where.  it offers git repository management, code reviews, issue tracking tool and wiki. Best fit for large organization’s big teams. Regular updates for better performance, bugs free and  security reasons.



3 – Redmine–    A flexible project management application. A great alternative to Github. Its open source and completely free. It is built on Ruby on Rails framework, it is cross-platform and cross-database.  You can check the online demo here. It gives registered users to create own projects.  Some of main features are –

  • Multiple projects support
  • Flexible role based access control
  • Flexible issue tracking system
  • Gantt chart and calendar
  • News, documents & files management
  • Feeds & email notifications
  • Per project wiki
  • Per project forums
  • Time tracking
  • Custom fields for issues, time-entries, projects and users
  • SCM integration (SVN, CVS, Git, Mercurial, Bazaar and Darcs)
  • Issue creation via email
  • Multiple LDAP authentication support
  • User self-registration support
  • Multi language support
  • Multiple databases support



4- Codeplane– It is the minimal version of Github. It’s paid service with 30  day trial. Suitable for small teams.


5- Kiln – Kiln is good but not free for teams. It provides option of creating repos using Git and Mercurial, a nice alternative to Github. You can try Kiln for free a month.




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