GitLab compared to other tools

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FEATURES

Free CI/CD with shared or personal Runners

GitLab.com has shared Runners that allow you to use GitLab CI/CD completely free up to 2000 build minutes for private projects and unlimited for public projects. Alternatively, you can set up your own Runner for faster build processing, unlimited build minutes, or special requirements.

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Built-in CI/CD

GitLab has built-in Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery, for free, no need to install it separately. Use it to build, test, and deploy your website (GitLab Pages) or webapp. The job results are displayed on merge requests for easy access.

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Innersourcing

Internal projects in GitLab allow you to promote innersourcing of your internal repositories.

Find out more about innersourcing

Commit graph and reporting tools

GitLab provides commit graphs and reporting tools about collaborators’ work.

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Group Milestones

Create and manage milestones across projects, to work towards a target date from the group level. View all the issues for the milestone you’re currently working on across multiple projects.

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Availability

GitLab.com is at 99.5% availability while we want to be above 99.95%. We’re hiring to improve this in the last two months of 2017 and in 2018.

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The most comprehensive import feature set

GitLab can import projects and issues from more sources (GitHub, BitBucket, Google Code, FogBugz, Gitea and from any git URL) than GitHub or any other VCS. We even have you covered for your move from SVN to Git with comprehensive guides and documentation.

Making it easier to get up and running with GitLab

Powerful Issue Tracker

Quickly set the status, assignee or milestone for multiple issues at the same time or easily filter them on any properties. See milestones and issues across projects.

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Move issues between projects

You can move issues between projects in GitLab. All links, history and comments will be copied and the original issue will reference the newly moved issue. This makes working with multiple issue trackers much easier.

Learn more about moving issues between projects

Create new branches from issues

In GitLab, you can quickly create a new branch from an issue on the issue tracker. It will include the issue number and title automatically, making it easy to track which branch belongs to which issue.

See how in our documentation

Allow edits from upstream maintainers in branch

When a user opens a merge request from a fork, they are given the option to allow upstream maintainers to collaborate with them on the source branch. This allows the maintainers of the upstream project to make small fixes or rebase branches before merging, reducing the back and forth of accepting community contributions.

Application performance monitoring

GitLab collects and displays performance metrics for deployed apps, leveraging Prometheus. Developers can determine the impact of a merge and keep an eye on their production systems, without leaving GitLab.

Learn more about monitoring deployed apps

GitLab server monitoring

GitLab comes out of the box enabled for Prometheus monitoring with extensive instrumentation, making it easy to ensure your GitLab deployment is responsive and healthy.

Learn more about monitoring the GitLab service

Cycle Analytics

GitLab provides a dashboard that lets teams measure the time it takes to go from planning to monitoring. GitLab can provide this data because it has all the tools built-in: from the idea, to the CI, to code review, to deploy to production.

Learn more about Cycle Analytics

Quick actions

GitLab provides a convenient way to change metadata of an issue or merge request without leaving the comment field with slash commands.

Documentation about quick actions

Issue Boards

GitLab has Issue Boards, each list of an Issue Board is based on a label that exists in your issue tracker. The Issue Board will therefore match the state of your issue tracker in a user-friendly way.

Learn more about GitLab Issue Boards

Built-in Container Registry

GitLab Container Registry is a secure and private registry for Docker images. It allows for easy upload and download of images from GitLab CI. It is fully integrated with Git repository management.

Documentation on Container Registry

Time tracking

Time Tracking in GitLab lets your team add estimates and record time spent on issues and merge requests.

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Preview your changes with Review Apps

With GitLab CI/CD you can create a new environment for each one of your branches, speeding up your development process. Spin up dynamic environments for your merge requests with the ability to preview your branch in a live environment.

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IPv6 ready

If you host GitLab yourself, IPv6 is supported as long as your underlying provider can support it. GitLab.com on the other hand does not support IPv6 at the moment due to limited provider support.

Read about the different ways to install GitLab

Confidential Issues

Keep your information secure with Confidential Issues. With GitLab, you can create confidential issues visible only for project members with Reporter access level or above.

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Related issues

Explicitly mark issues as related and track their status.

Learn more about Related Issues

A comprehensive API

GitLab provides APIs for most features, allowing developers to create deeper integrations with the product.

Read our API Documentation

Search files with fuzzy file finder

GitLab provides a way to search a file in your repository in one keystroke.

Read about the file finder in our documentation

Advanced Global Search

Leverage Elasticsearch for faster, more advanced code search across your entire GitLab instance.

Learn more about Advanced Global Search

Advanced Syntax Search

Use advanced queries for more targeted search results.

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Fast-forward merge with option to rebase

With this setting at the project level, you can ensure that no merge commits are created and all merges are fast-forwarded. When a fast-forward merge is not possible, the user is given the option to rebase.

Learn more about rebase before merge

Remote repository push mirroring

Mirror a repository from your local server to elsewhere.

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Remote repository pull mirroring

Mirror a repository from elsewhere to your local server.

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Merge request approvals

When a project requires multiple sign-offs, GitLab Enterprise Edition enables you to make sure every merge request is approved by one or more people. Merge request approvals allow you to set the number of necessary approvals and predefine a list of approvers that will need to approve every merge request in a project, and in-turn improve your code’s quality.

Learn more about merge request approvals

Granular user roles and flexible permissions

Manage access and permissions with five different user roles and settings for external users. Set permissions according to people’s role, rather than either read or write access to a repository. Don’t share the source code with people that only need access to the issue tracker.

Learn more about User Roles

Projects

Organize your repository into private, internal, or public projects.

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Merge Requests

Create merge requests and @mention team members to review and safely merge your changes.

Learn more about merge requests

Inline commenting and discussion resolution

Code or text review is faster and more effective with inline comments in merge requests. Leave comments and resolve discussions on specific lines of code. In GitLab, Merge Request inline comments are interpreted as a discussion. You can configure your project to only accept merge requests when all discussions are resolved.

Learn more about resolving discussions

Cherry-picking changes

Cherry-pick any commit in the UI by simply clicking the Cherry-Pick button in a merged merge request or a specific commit.

Learn more about cherry picking merge requests

Activity Stream

View a list of the latest commits, merges, comments, and team members on your project.

Learn more about the Activity Stream

GPG Signed Commits

Sign commits and prove that a commit was performed by a certain user.

Read more about GPG signed commits

Reject unsigned commits

GitLab Enterprise Edition Premium allows you to enforce GPG signatures by rejecting unsigned commits.

Read more about enforcing push rules

Verified Committer

Verify that a push only contains commits by the same user performing the push.

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Subgroups: groups within groups

Create groups within groups to easily manage large numbers of people and projects.

Learn more about Subgroups

Object storage for LFS

LFS files can be stored on Object Storage (Amazon S3)

Learn how to store artifacts on object storage

Globally distributed cloning with GitLab Geo

When development teams are spread across two or more geographical locations, but their GitLab instance is in a single location, fetching and cloning large repositories can take a long time. Built for distributed teams, GitLab Geo allows for read-only mirrors of your GitLab instance, reducing the time it takes to clone and fetch large repos and improving your collaboration process.

Learn more about GitLab Geo

Deploy Boards

GitLab Enterprise Edition Premium ships with Deploy Boards offering a consolidated view of the current health and status of each CI environment running on Kubernetes. The status of each pod of your latest deployment is displayed seamlessly within GitLab without the need to access Kubernetes.

Learn more about Deploy Boards

You decide when you upgrade

GitLab releases a new version each month and lets you choose when to upgrade.

Learn how to upgrade your GitLab instance

Automatically close issue(s) when a merge request is merged

With GitLab, you can use specific keywords to close one or more issues as soon as a merge request is merged.

Learn more about automatically closing issues

Work in Progress merge requests (WIP)

Prevent merge requests from accidentally being accepted before they’re completely ready by marking them as Work In Progress (WIP). This gives you all the code review power of merge requests, while protecting unfinished work.

Learn more about WIP MRs

Based on Git, a distributed VCS

Git, on which GitLab is built, is fully distributed. Every user has a complete copy of the repository, allowing for much faster access to history, easier branching and an overall better experience.

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Protected branches

Granular permissions for branches you want to protect.

Read about protected branches

Custom Git Hooks

Leverage the power of Git Hooks and chain them together to fire off custom scripts when certain actions occur on the repository. If the commit is declined or an error occurs during the Git hook check, the error message of the hook will be present in GitLab’s UI. GitLab supports all types of hooks.

Learn how to use Git Hooks with GitLab

Integrated Git-powered wikis

A separate system for documentation called Wiki, is built right into each GitLab project. Every Wiki is a separate Git repository.

Learn more about GitLab Wikis

Responsive-first design

GitLab is built with a responsive-first design approach. Be it on a desktop, tablet or smartphone, GitLab is optimized to be viewed for the best result.

Community based, users can help shape the product

GitLab has open issue trackers for almost all of its operations. From GitLab itself to infrastructure and marketing, you can help shape the product.

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Git LFS 2.0 support

Manage large files such as audio, video and graphics files with the help of Git LFS. Git LFS 2.0 file locking support helps large teams work with binary assets and is integrated with our native file locking feature.

Learn more about Git LFS support in GitLab

Create projects with Git push

Push new projects to the desired location and a new private project will automatically be created.

Learn more about creating Projects

Snippets

Store and share code snippets to engage in a conversation about that piece of code. You can embed snippets on any blog or website using a single line of code.

Learn more about Snippets

SAML SSO for Groups

Connect a group in GitLab EE to a SAML identity provider to manage authentication.

Learn more about LDAP group synchronization

View Kubernetes pod logs

Quickly and easily view the pod logs of an app deployed to Kubernetes.

Learn more about viewing Kubernetes pod logs

Mercurial repository hosting

Hosts Mercurial DVCS repositories.

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Enforced Two-factor Authentication (2FA)

Two-factor authentication secures your account by requiring a second confirmation, in addition to your password. That second step means your account stays secure even if your password is compromised. The ability to enforce 2FA provides further security by making sure all users are using it.

Learn more about Enforced GitLab 2FA

IP Whitelisting

IP Whitelisting defines safe IP network addresses from which clients can access and interact with the repository server. This helps prevent unwanted third parties from accessing your account even if they have acquired a team member’s email address and password.

Learn more about GitLab IP Whitelisting

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GitLab is open core

GitLab is an open-core product whereas our competitors are mostly closed-source products. The GitLab Community Edition is fully open source, and the Enterprise Edition is open core (proprietary).

Access to the source code

Unlike closed source software, you can see and modify the GitLab Community Edition and Enterprise Edition source code at any time. Be it right on the server or by forking our repositories, you can add features and make customizations. We do recommend that you try to merge your changes back into the main source code, so that others can benefit and your instance stays easy to maintain and update.

Build with a community

GitLab is built by hundreds of people every month. Customers, users and GitLab, Inc. all contribute to every release. This leads to features that organizations actually need, such as easy, yet powerful user management.

Viable long term

GitLab has a solid community with hundreds of thousands of organizations using and often contributing to the software. This means that GitLab is much more viable for long term usage, as it's not reliable on a single company supporting it.

New stable version every month

GitLab releases a new stable version every single month, full of improvements, new features, and fixes. This allows GitLab to move fast and respond to customer requests extremely quickly.

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