GitHub Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

GitHub

Social coding & collaborative development platform

4.76/5 (2,772 reviews)

GitHub overview

GitHub is a place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over a million people use GitHub to build amazing things together. With the collaborative features of GitHub.com, desktop and mobile apps, and GitHub Enterprise, the development platform helps individuals and teams to write better code, faster.

From open source to business, users can host and review code, manage projects, and build software alongside millions of other developers. GitHub brings teams together to work through problems, move ideas forward, and learn from each other along the way. On GitHub, lightweight code review tools are built into every pull request.

Teams can create review processes that improve the quality of code and fit neatly into the workflow. Project managers and developers can coordinate, track, and update their work in one place, so projects stay transparent and on schedule. Users can fine tune the process as the team changes, update tools as technologies shift, and find new ways to work better.
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Pricing

Starting from
$7/month
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Markets

United States, Asia, Australia, Canada, China and 7 other markets, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom

Supported languages

English
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GitHub reviews

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Jonathan Beebe

Best git hosting

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-11-15
Review Source: Capterra

Very good for hosting private and public repos. The addition of free private repos is a huge plus!

Pros
Very easy to host a repository and to fork other repositories. It is easy to search other repositories.

Cons
None that I found. My only request would be to be easier to download single files without having to view the file first. If there were checkboxes and a download option that would be great.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Sven Bendel

The #1 code hosting solution

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-09-18
Review Source: Capterra

We have been using it for code hosting for both private and public projects for several years, issue tracking etc not so much (mainly because the tracker is quite basic). As GitHub is using git underlying it can be accessed via any git compatible client out in the wild - so there are tons of ways to choose from suiting every developers needs. Github provides many hooks for third party tools, so pushes can trigger all sorts of things like CI builds or posts in your company Slack. Automation and integration is dead simple and super flexible. The company itself is really developer friendly, and you can sense that they are using GitHub themselves. Hosting of open source projects is free and their support and documentation are very helpful. Availability is high - one of the most important reasons when choosing a code hosting service.

Pros
- high availability - built-in code review, wiki, issue tracker, artifact hosting (private beta) - great third-party tool integration - automate everything - uses git - developer friendly company - free for open source projects - mature

Cons
- issue tracker could be more sophisticated - new features could be developed more rapidly (although this has improved recently) - native apps are not up-to-par with competitors, but luckily there are many free alternatives - was bought by Microsoft, I personally would have liked to see them stay independent

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Ankush Kanungo

Github Review

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-09-11
Review Source: Capterra

I use it almost every hour every day and so far I'm glad I've switched from bitbucket to this.

Pros
Usage is well documented like cloning repository using ssh, create a branch, create a repository, etc. Reviewing PR interface is great. You've option to mark the files you've reviewed which is really helpful for gigantic pull requests. Easy integration with IDE like Intellij/Eclipse and you can push your changes directly from the IDEs. Features like squash/merge from UI are really great and saves a lot of time. Jira integration of pull requests is awesome.

Cons
Very limited private repositories for free users, it should give an option like this number of lines of code for the private repository as a limit rather than not providing or limited private repositories. It sometime might get complicated for new users while working on same codebase at the same time like stuck between merge conflicts, rebase issues etc.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Alex Troyer

Highly Intuitive GIT Hosting Solution with a Ridiculous Amount of Community Support

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-08-25
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
The best part of this software, in my opinion, has to be the repository insights that comes with the pro version and above. These insights have proven to be extremely valuable when managing larger-scale projects with multiple developers working on the projects. Not only is our project management team able to get live updates on the progress of the project with each commit, but our team is also able to hold each other accountable by seeing their progress via the progress tracking feature and individual commits. Another notable mention for Github is their desktop GUI. This is such an incredibly easy tool to use and it makes the entire GIT experience much easier to understand and maneuver.

Cons
The one issue i had with this software is the repo search functionality. This part of the software can be confusing to learn to be effective with and it takes some time to be proficient with, which can be a hassle for some of our newer members of our project management team.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Youness MAAFI

Feedback about Github & Comparison with Gitlab

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-08-13
Review Source: Capterra

A great software ! Very useful, necessary, and i have been using it in our organization for many years, even that we are using Gitlab for most of our projects.

Pros
Very sofisticated, today it gives us more freedom and we are able to use private repositories. Github is the reference of version controls, and we are using it every day ( in our organization, and as well with a couple of open source products ).

Cons
Sometimes it's confusing, I love the simplicity of Gitlab, but it's not really a full comparison, both softwares have their own pros and cons. But i find that Github is sometimes confusing, and the options and how to do simple things are hidden.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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GitHub pricing

Starting from
$7/month
Pricing options
Free
Free trial
Subscription
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Developer: $7 per month

Team: $9 per user / month

Business:
$21 per user / month, Hosted on GitHub.com
$21 per user / month, GitHub Enterprise (Sold in packs of 10 users and billed annually.)

Free plans available.

GitHub features

API
Access Control
Collaboration Tools
Monitoring
SSL Security
Third Party Integration

Activity Dashboard (154 other apps)
Activity Tracking (85 other apps)
Alerts / Escalation (79 other apps)
Application Integration (73 other apps)
Auditing (92 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (124 other apps)
Data Import/Export (109 other apps)
Data Visualization (73 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (95 other apps)
Real Time Data (88 other apps)
Real Time Monitoring (97 other apps)
Real Time Reporting (73 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (111 other apps)
Workflow Management (99 other apps)

Additional information for GitHub

Key features of GitHub

  • Collaboration
  • Integrated issue and bug tracking
  • Graphical representation of branches
  • Approximately 6 million hosted git repositories
  • Code review
  • Project management
  • Team management
  • Social coding
  • Documentation
  • Code hosting
  • Built-in review tools
  • Propose changes
  • Give feedback
  • Protect branches
  • Track and assign tasks
  • Milestones
  • Assignees
  • Integrations
  • Conversations
  • Set community guidelines
  • Wikis
  • GitHub Pages
  • @mentions
  • Team and user permissions
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Benefits

Every repository on GitHub comes with the tools needed to manage your project. Open to the community for public projects – secured for private projects.

GitHub keeps your public and private code available, secure, and backed up. Stop hoarding code on your hard drive; it takes less than a minute to push code up to GitHub and start collaborating with others...

It doesn’t matter if you prefer to use the command line git client, a tool like hg-git, or a graphical application like SmartGit— we’re dedicated to helping you collaborate easily and securely.