2.5 out of 5 with 23 ratings

Sourcetree Reviews

It has become a nasty app

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I have been using this tool more than 3 years, but now it has become unbearably to use Source Tree: I see a lot of bugs, sometimes I cannot simply click on a file with changes to see them, often it work very slowly, sometimes instead of one click there is double and many many other small problems which make me crazy!!! I'm here to replace Source Tree with something else.

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Recent updates decreased the performance dramatically. Fully disappointed and ready to buy Gitkraken. My time costs much more!

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Doesn't work in offline mode.

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THis program requires online activation and doesn't provide offline option anymore.

Therefore it doesn't work after 30-days trial period while license is free.

There is no way to activate it on intranet machine.

In previous version there weas a special menu item - Offline activation. Now it disappeared.

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bitbucket account mandatory at INSTALLATION time

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try git-fork. Just discovered it recently and it seems good so far.

yup, using it for some time now, it's great!


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Of course not available for Linux. Altlassian is for developers but thinks no devs use linux...

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Source tree 2.x removed one of the best features: It's tree view. The current 2.x version is a large step BACKWARDS in functionality, particularly if you have more than a handful of repos open at once.

See discussion on their Jira here ==> https://jira.atlassian.com/projects/SRCTREEWIN/issues/SRCTREEWIN-7176?filter=allopenissues

EDIT 11 April 2018 - I gave up on them ever fixing this issue. They clearly don't care what their users thing since this has been the #1 voted issue on their jira for a year now. We've moved on to TortoiseGit.
[Edited by scottfrost, April 11]

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This app for sure has it's ups and downs. There was a time (early version 2) in which it got way worse. It still feels not supergood, but does a fairly good job nowadays again. That being said, here is a snapshot of how I feel about it at the moment:

Pros:

  • Free for private and commercial use
  • Clean UI with almost all functionality you will need on a daily basis 8including git flow and git blame)
  • Works well with all kind of repos (even mercurial if you're into that), using it with github, gitlab and bitbucket without any problems.
  • Changing settings for the repo, installing updates and setting up your git environment is really easy
  • Terminal is a really nice solution for windows pcs to work with git in a console
  • UI works well with 4K
  • Is a lot more stable again, than half a year ago

Cons:

  • Is sometimes pretty unresponsive and does not feel that performant. Especially when scrolling through a lot of commits, but sadly also when switching to the window and doing simple tasks.
  • Not open source
  • No Linux support

[Edited by Johannski, September 14]
The snappiness and crashes annoyed me enough to search for an alternative. I went with fork, which does a superb job!

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The UI for SourceTree is confusing, and it appears to strongly prefer a reset/rebase model for rolling back changes on Windows. This is further compounded with other trivial git bash issues that to put lightly, is utter shit! My company policies don't want us using rebases but to roll changes forwards as commits, and Atlassian has truly made the process hair-pulling.

This application is convoluted trash. Use your hard earned money and buy Tower. Stay away from SourceTree.

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10 minutes of my life i'll never get back

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After I used this tool a while back, I was surprised how invasive it now is to use this tool.

I'm trying to use tools to write open source software. Made the stupid mistake of assuming, that just maybe, this tool might not require me to sign up for account X, use trial license X.

I was wrong. Immediately I had to sign up for an Atlassian account, forcibly agreeing to T's & C's. If I turned my back for 2 seconds, it was trying to push a bitbucket account down my neck.

Downloading licenses (that may be free forever, who knows. I guess Atlassian can change their mind at any point).

No thanks, this kind of garbage has no place in the world of community software. Just another reminder of why Open Source is the way forward.

Yet another reducing company the word 'free' to the lowest common denominator of "We won't ask for a CC number".

No thanks.

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For windows, it install to AppData, cannot change to "Program Files"

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I used to like the core of the Sourcetree application, and it has even been my main Git UI for a while. However, I can no longer recommend it. Over the years, Atlassian tied it increasingly tightly to their Bitbucket ecosystem. This went far enough that for a while now, it's not even possible to complete installation anymore without registering for a BItbucket account and going through an online activation process.

A requirement like this instantly disqualifies any application for me – especially if it's a free one. Atlassian claims it wasn't a marketing move, but motivated by licensing and legal considerations. To the end-user, it doesn't make a difference. There are enough good, free (even if proprietary) alternatives to Sourcetree that don't include an artificial dependency on the availability of a remote service, and don't force complete vendor lock-in. You're on the right site to find those alternatives.

Stay away from Sourcetree, especially because it is, in principle, a well-made tool. If you decide to jump through all the superfluous hoops to get it to run at all, and end up liking it, you're just setting yourself up for future disappointment. You will get used to working with a tool that can be taken away from you again at a moment's notice.

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Unfortunately SourceTree doesn't work with GitHub anymore since they've gone to Subversion.
Bummer.

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I have recently returned to Sourcetree after a couple of years using alternatives to Git. I've spent a little time trying other tools and I surprised myself by coming back to it as my choice of GUI.

What made me decide to keep with it rather than to go with GitKraken was a small but significant matter. The graphical representation of the branches in Sourcetree is uncluttered with tags and the like fully expanded. In comparison, GitKraken's display felt crabbed and required mouse clicks or a hover to reveal what I consider to be basic information.

What made me decide on this rather than some of the leading free alternatives is the speed of update of the GUI when files change underneath it and the fact that the major features I wanted (such as squashing commits) are readily available and easier to use. It also makes use of my preferred text editor (CRiSP) and merge tool (Beyond Compare) and I can highlight a file and instantly open it in Windows Explorer or copy its path to the clipboard. You don't know quite how helpful are little things like that until you use a package that doesn't have them.

What made me wary of returning is that it has had a chequered history. Several times updates were issued that slowed it to a crawl (other reviews here suggest that this was around 2017) and were not fixed in an acceptable timeframe. Around the same time basic features were lost in a transition to a new engine with users having to wait for several updates to regain anything near the original functionality. One version had serious issues with switching between branches and, after suffering two commits being corrupted during switching, I was forced to get into the habit of backing up my work-area before doing so. Based on that experience it's likely that Atlassian's development and Quality Assurance teams were "experiencing issues" at the time, one hopes that this has now been remedied.

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Switched to Tower Git App after they colored my system icon into rainbow colors without providing an option to disable this "feature". Very happy with Tower and can recommend it to all the Sourcetree users.

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