Top Version Control Systems For Coders

What is a Version Control System? a VCS is a system responsible for managing changes to source code that development teams work on.  There are plenty of opensource and free version control systems out there that you can utilize such as Github for example. Let’s look at some top version control systems:



Github is probably the most popular version control system around the world. There are over 50 million developers around the world that make use of GitHub and contribute to the open-source communities. I personally make use of Github for all my personal projects that I work on.



Gitlab is a web-based git repository manager. It comes with a lot of handy features like an integrated project, project web page, and CI capabilities that allow you to automatically test and deliver code. You can make use of the GitLab community edition for free and give it a test.


3.Apache Subversion

Key features of Apache Subversion include inventory management, security management, history tracking, user access controls, local branching, and workflow management. All arenas consider Apache Subversion to be a reliable platform to manage your source code. It was founded in the year 2000 by Collabnet and has been adopted into the development world ever since.


4.CVS Version Control

CVS is one of the oldest version control systems and is well known among commercial and open-source developers. CVS has the ability to handle projects with multiple branches. Some people state that CVS is the most mature version control software out there and can perhaps be worth giving it a test and see if it fits your team and development environment.



Bitbucket is part of the Atlassian software suite. It can be integrated with other Atlassian services such as Jira and Bamboo. It can be deployed in your local on-prem environment such as your data center or in the cloud and allows you to connect up to 5 users for free. That makes it easy to use and test in your team to make sure that it works for you before looking at the paid subscriptions.

There are more version control systems available like codecommit from AWS for example but I personally listed the above version control systems that have a free version in their subscription. If you know of any other version control systems please feel free to share it with us in the comments section below.

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