Best Version Control Clients Software

Version control clients are software tools that developers use on their computers to interact with version control systems. Version control clients enhance the features of version control systems by keeping track of multiple projects, providing a graphical user interface (GUI) for easier control, and allowing development integration to move faster. While typical version control systems are managed on the command line by default, version control clients put all this functionality into a GUI to increase developer productivity. Version control clients help to simplify processes for developers with complex activities, such as managing multiple branches and code merge conflicts, or those who are not comfortable with the command line. Version control clients often integrate with multiple version control systems and expose all, or most, of their functionality. Version control clients interact with version control hosting solutions to push to and pull code from master repositories.

To qualify as a version control client, a product must:

  • Have a GUI that interacts with a version control system
  • Interact with multiple code repositories
  • Push code to and pull code from a hosted code repository
  • Utilize all of the core features of the version control system including committing code, merging code, viewing a history of changes, branching, and pushing code to an online master repository

Version Control Clients Software Grid® Overview

The best Version Control Clients Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and scale (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: SourceTree and GitKraken
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the market share and scale of the Leaders. High Performers include: Git Tower
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: Assembla
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: IBM Rational Team Concert
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