Apache Subversion vs. Bitbucket Server (discontinued)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Apache Subversion
Score 5.8 out of 10
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Apache Subversion is a version control option that is free to download and open source under the Apache 2.0 license.N/A
Bitbucket Server (discontinued)
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
Bitbucket Server (formerly Stash) from Atlassian offered a self-hosted source code management solution. The product is no longer available for sale, and support for existing licenses will end in 2024.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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Apache SubversionBitbucket Server (discontinued)
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Apache SubversionBitbucket Server (discontinued)
Considered Both Products
Apache Subversion

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Bitbucket Server (discontinued)
Chose Bitbucket Server (discontinued)
We started off with Apache Subversion (SVN) and moved over to Git (supported via Bitbucket) as Git itself has started to become the new industry norm. The pull request feature allows developers to perform code reviews without needing another code review application. We settled …
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Best Alternatives
Apache SubversionBitbucket Server (discontinued)
Small Businesses
Git
Git
Score 9.9 out of 10
Git
Git
Score 9.9 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Git
Git
Score 9.9 out of 10
Git
Git
Score 9.9 out of 10
Enterprises
Perforce Helix Core
Perforce Helix Core
Score 8.0 out of 10
Perforce Helix Core
Perforce Helix Core
Score 8.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
Apache SubversionBitbucket Server (discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
6.6
(10 ratings)
8.9
(11 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
3.1
(2 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
Apache SubversionBitbucket Server (discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
Apache
It's a relatively simple version control system so it works great for an individual or small team (less than 10 people). But if you have a medium to large team, especially one with members distributed over a large geographic area, or one where individuals need to be able to work "offline" without access to a central server, Apache Subversion will likely not be the best choice.
Also, if you're maintaining an open-source project where outside people will be interacting with your code repository, git is probably a better choice because it's becoming the de-facto standard these days and what most developers are familiar with.
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Atlassian
Bitbucket Server would be good to use if you are not extremely reliant on the availability of your code at any given moment. If you have other systems relying on the up status of Bitbucket Server that can cause problems if unable to reach it -- you might consider going with a different product
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Pros
Apache
  • Revision control done properly - you have end to end visibility of all changes in the project.
  • Conflict resolution - visually highlighting the differences helps to track down the problem.
  • Being open source and very popular.
  • We are using SVN hosted in our network - it is very stable, we had almost zero downtime in 4 years.
  • Rollbacks are made simple and easy to use.
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Atlassian
  • Pull requests / code reviews are simple but effective - it's easy to discuss the changes and enforce quality gates (through integration with Bamboo)
  • The access control model is fairly granular, with per-branch and per-action permission configuration options
  • There are various plugins available to extend functionality, such as SonarQube
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Cons
Apache
  • Distributed development - I've never worked in an environment where distributed development (developers widely scattered geographically) was a factor, but that's why git exists.
  • Merging - Merging of code from one branch to another can be painful, especially if it's not done frequently. (On the other hand, doing merges is one of the reasons I get a nice salary, so I can't complain too much!)
  • Acceptance - Let's face it, git is what "all the cool kids are using." If you've got a bunch of developers fresh out of school, they'll probably know git and not Subversion.
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Atlassian
  • Bitbucket Server (formerly Stash) should be evaluated for implementation based on the capacity of the environment ownership and support.
  • Insights and analytics reports are basic.
  • Bitbucket Server (formerly Stash) as part of Atlassian tools has some restrictions for centralized user management.
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Likelihood to Renew
Apache
While there are interesting alternatives, such a GIT, Subversion has been a breath of fresh air compared to its predecessors like CVS or Microsoft Source Safe (now called Team Foundation Server). Its ease of use and high adoption rate is going to keep me using this product for years to come.
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Atlassian
Because we're so locked in, it's likely we'll be using Bitbucket Server for a while, unfortunately.
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Usability
Apache
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Atlassian
The usability of its interface is pretty straight forward when it comes to creating projects and repositories, but when you have to dive into finer grained portions of the UI things can get tricky. If you are used to using tools like GitHub or Gitlab -- Bitbucket is just different enough to be a bother.
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Support Rating
Apache
No answers on this topic
Atlassian
Never really needed any support as the application is very easy to set up and maintain. Any questions we had were well documented in their online documentation, and community forum.
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Alternatives Considered
Apache
Git has become the new standard of version control, with its support for distributed design. As a tool to manage and control versions, Subversion does it well, but Git is the future.
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Atlassian
Stash was selected before I was at the company, but we're looking at these alternatives and actively considering switching. Stash seems to have all the necessary features we need to make it work, but it doesn't have any bells and whistles or extra special features that we can use to create more advanced integrations with other products like Jenkins or Amazon Web Services.
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Return on Investment
Apache
  • Subversion helps us feel secure in maintaining access to all of our product code, both current and historical.
  • Being free and open source makes it an even better "investment".
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Atlassian
  • Stash has certainly improved the productivity of the team. We no longer have to use Shared Drive on network which is prone to hacks and errors to manage our code.
  • During the process of releases, the release engineering team can pull the latest and approved code from Stash and need not be dependent upon the availability of the developers during their non availability. It improves productivity and fastens the ETA for requests.
  • We have stayed on course for project deadlines since introduction of Stash and helps us achieve the goals of timely completion of projects.
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