Bitbucket rebrand FAQ

We have unified our Git products under the Bitbucket name. With Bitbucket, now you have a range of options that can be adopted by teams of all sizes and requirements: Bitbucket Cloud (previously known as Bitbucket) and Bitbucket Data Center (previously known as Stash Data Center). 

Starting from Bitbucket 8.15, new releases support only Data Center licenses.

If you try to upgrade to release 8.15 or later with your Server license, Bitbucket will fail to start, and you’ll need to downgrade. If you’re using bundled search, you’ll also need to delete search index data before downgrading Bitbucket. To remain supported, we recommend upgrading to Data Center or migrating to Cloud.

To upgrade to a Bitbucket bugfix release shipped after February 15, 2024, you'll need a valid Data Center license or extended Server support with dual licensing.

We hope the following answers some of the more common questions this might raise.

Why did we rebrand Stash to Bitbucket Data Center?

To make it easier for you to find a collaborative code management solution that best meets your needs, we have unified our Git products under the Bitbucket name.

  • Bitbucket Cloud (previously known as Bitbucket) is a fully managed, multi-tenant service used by organizations that do not want to deal with the overhead of managing their own infrastructure. 
  • Bitbucket Data Center (previously known as Stash Data Center) is the deployment option that provides high availability and massive scale for source code management systems. It is especially beneficial for large organizations that have thousands of developers, hundreds of continuous integration servers, and/or require sustained uptime regardless of load.

What is the impact on my plug-ins? Do I need to reinstall them?

Starting September 22nd, 2015, the new brand will be rolled out with the release of Bitbucket Server 4.0 including major API changes from Stash. The renaming of Stash to Bitbucket requires any custom add-ons to be changed, so it is important that you update your own custom add-ons and check for updated marketplace listed add-ons before upgrading. The new brand will only affect Bitbucket Server and Data Center add-ons and will not have an impact on Bitbucket Cloud add-ons.

Immediate action to take:

How do I raise support issues?

Go to, select Dev Tools, and submit a support request. We'll get you on track.

Are there any feature differences between deployment options?

The high level benefits of Bitbucket Data Center and Bitbucket Cloud are the same. They both offer fine-grained permissions, pull request workflow, Git repository sharing and management, and a robust set of extension and integration APIs. However, there are some features that are not the same due to the history of the two deployment options. In the future, Bitbucket's deployment options will grow closer together so you have a familiar code management platform with closer feature, function, and UI parity no matter how you access Bitbucket.

There are a few key exceptions:

  • Mercurial support: We will continue to support and build for Mercurial repository hosting in Bitbucket Cloud. We do not expect to add support for Mercurial in Bitbucket Data Center at this time.
  • Issue tracking and wiki: Bitbucket Cloud offers basic wiki support and issue tracking. With the availability of Confluence for documentation, and Jira Software for integrated software development planning and tracking, it is not our intention to build the same into Bitbucket Data Center, however we will continue to improve upon the integration with these products.
  • Snippets: There are no immediate plans to add support for snippets to Bitbucket Data Center. A 3rd-party addon is available for those wishing to manage code snippets in Bitbucket Data Center.

Why aren't the Data Center and Cloud features the same?

Bitbucket Server and Data Center (previously known as Stash) was first released in May 2012 as an enterprise-grade, high performance, self-managed Git repository hosting and collaboration tool. It was built from the ground-up for self-managed deployment. Bitbucket Cloud (previously known as Bitbucket) was acquired by Atlassian in 2010 and was purpose-built for the multi-tenant public cloud. As a result, Bitbucket Cloud and Bitbucket Server and Data Center had different technical architectures with different feature roadmaps. Over the past 2 years, much progress had been made in bringing conceptual and functional parity to the products, and work will continue to improve upon this.

Can I export my Bitbucket repositories between services?

Yes. Because Git repositories are distributed you can simply upload your repositories into either service. Currently there is no way to migrate other data such as comments and pull requests, but this is something we plan to support at some point in the future.

Will Bitbucket Data Centre support Mercurial?

Mercurial support has not been scheduled and is unlikely to become available in the near future for Bitbucket Data Center but will continue to be supported in Bitbucket Cloud.

Where do I go if I have any more questions?

Go to Atlassian Answers if you have more questions.

Can I develop Bitbucket Connect add-ons for Bitbucket Data Center?

At this time, we're unlikely to incorporate support for the Atlassian Connect integration framework in Bitbucket Data Center. We will continue to support the mature and complete Plugins 2 framework—it continues to ship with all of Atlassian's Server products. For more information, check out Atlassian Connect for Jira Software and Confluence Data Center

Can I develop P2 add-ons for Bitbucket Cloud?

There are no plans to support P2 plugins for Bitbucket Cloud. We've built the Atlassian Connect platform for developing add-ons for our Cloud products.

Why is there no free pricing tier for Bitbucket Data Center?

In the absence of a free plan, Atlassian provides a starter license for Bitbucket Data Center, which is $10 for 10 users. This is a perpetual license and comes with 12 months of maintenance and support. All proceeds go to the charity, Room to Read, where our Starter Licenses have raised millions of dollars.

Where can I find more information about Mirroring and Large File Support on Bitbucket Data Center?

All current details are shared in this blog post. Follow our Bitbucket blog for more details in the near future.

Where can I find more information about Projects and Build Status on Bitbucket Cloud?

We don't have much to share right now other than the information we have already shared in the blog post. Follow our Bitbucket blog for more details in the near future.

Last modified on Jun 7, 2024

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