Ben is a lifelong Nintendo fan who likes to build websites, and make video games. He buys way too much Lego.
I like BitBucket – all the cool kids use Github, but for small businesses BitBucket is great. Why? Because it has free private repositories for teams of 5 or smaller. And that’s me right there.
Currently I am using BitBucket for Brush Ninja, and I’ve recently started using it for Pro Theme Design. We use Git at Miniclip, and we also use a lot of the Atlassian suite. We actually host Git ourselves and don’t use BitBucket – but we do use Stash, Bamboo, Jira, and Confluence – so I’m quite well versed in their apps. As such I use SourceTree for my Git management. Much nicer than the command line – but also more complex than the Github Mac app.
Darren however isn’t used to SourceTree or BitBucket. He uses Github – and Github for Mac – but Github for Mac is designed around Github so using it for external repositories can be a little confusing. To help with this – I have written a short guide for adding an external repository to Github for Mac.
- Login to BitBucket and go to the repository you want to use
- Click the “Clone” button, and change the drop down option to HTTPS.
- Copy the command that appears (something like: git clone https://email@example.com/team-name/repository-name.git)
- Open terminal on your mac and navigate to wherever you want the theme files stored.
- Paste the clone command in the terminal, press enter and then enter your password when requested.
- In Github for Mac go to the repositories screen and click the + sign in the status bar.
- Select Add Local Repository – and then select the repository you folder you want to add.
I’ve only tried this with Github for Mac and BitBucket but I imagine the instructions will be basically the same for any 3rd party repository, and almost the same for the Windows version of the Github app.