GitLab compared to other tools

Bitbucket Server vs. GitLab CE/EE


Built-in Continuous Integration tool

Easy-to-set up, performant, stable and elegant continuous integration with every GitLab installation.

Learn about the benefits of our CI tool

Docker Registry support

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

Lock Files

File locking in GitLab Enterprise Edition allows you to lock any file or directory. This ensures that no one will work on or overwrite work that can't be merged easily, for instance when working with art assets or other non-text files.

Read the File Locking documentation

More value with everything you need in one solution

To replace GitLab, you'd need a combination of Bitbucket server, JIRA, Confluence, and Bamboo, at a much higher cost.

Great user interface

GitLab has a really nice user interface that your team will love, and also enjoy working with. Bitbucket is not known for this.

Integrated issue tracking

GitLab includes an issue tracker which you can link to any merge request. Bitbucket doesn't have that.

Issue tracker

Better activity feed and visualization

Collaborative activity feed to help everyone understand what is happening in a project and graphical view of the commit history.

See Our Activity Feed

Search files with fuzzy file finder

GitLab provides a way to search a file in your repository in one keystroke. Bitbucket makes you browse a file tree.

Full, powerful search

Search through all your code, issues, wikis, commits and commits messages, groups and projects. Built into GitLab.

No need to manage multiple licenses

GitLab EE needs a license, but doesn't require any validation or separate licenses for separate servers. With Bitbucket Server (Data Center), licenses are linked to servers, requiring management of licenses over servers. You can deploy 100 instances of GitLab EE for the same price as a single instance. You only pay for the total amount of users, not for how you choose to manage and scale the software.

Easy configuration

GitLab can be easily configured through ENV variables and YAML files. This makes maintaining, upgrading and deploying GitLab easy to automate. Bitbucket Server requires extensive manual configuration.

One integrated tool

Bitbucket requires the integration of multiple 3rd party tools to complete the software development lifecycle. GitLab has a completely integrated solution that covers the entire development lifecycle.

Runs on metal

GitLab can run on metal, if you choose to. So does Bitbucket.

HA setups

For mission critical releases, you cannot afford downtime. GitLab offers support for HA, as well as Bitbucket.

More information about active servers

Multiple approvals in code review

In GitLab, to ensure strict code review, you can require a specific number of approvals on a merge request by different users before being able to merge it. You can undo an approval by removing it after the fact.

Approvals Documentation

Ease of Migration

GitLab lets you easily migrate all repos and merge request data from your previous provider.

Issue Weights

GitLab lest you manage issues using Agile practices by setting the weight of an issue. Bitbucket does not have issues.

Issue Weights Documentation

Prevent committing secrets in the repositories

GitLab provides a way to avoid committing sensitive files to your repositories automatically.


Ability to set a project size

GitLab allows to set a project size limit at a global, group and project level.

Documentation on account and limit settings

Multiple issues and merge request templates

With GitLab, you can create multiple templates for issues and merge requests in your project to ensure all information is entered correctly and to make it easy to standardize. Bitbucket does not have issues.

Templates for Issues and Merge Requests Documentation

Geographic Replication with GitLab Geo

To improve collaboration, remote teams need the ability to be able to seamlessly work across geographical boundaries. GitLab Geo creates read only mirrors of your GitLab instance so your remote employees can clone and fetch large repos quickly, while Bitbucket has no similar feature.

Read the Geo docs for more information

Monitoring built-in

GitLab ships with an open source monitoring solution, Prometheus, which offers world-class monitoring of the GitLab server's resources.

Documentation about Monitoring

Chat integration

GitLab ships with Mattermost, an open-source Slack alternative. Bitbucket sort of integrates with 3rd party chat software, but it's not bundled with anything.

Commit graph and reporting tools

GitLab provides commit graphs and reporting tools about collaborators' work. Bitbucket requires a paid plugin to provide this functionality.

Access to and possibility to modify your source code

GitLab Enterprise Edition is publically readable, meaning you can scan or modify the code to meet your security and development needs. Code in Bitbucket is proprietary, meaning you cannot edit or view the source code.

Read the GitLab Enterprise Edition license.

Ability to block certain filetypes to be pushed

GitLab allows you to define rules to prevent certain filetypes to be pushed. Bitbucket requires a paid plugin to achieve this functionality.

Message banner on all pages

GitLab allows administrators to write message banners that appear on all pages. Bitbucket doesn't allow this.

Email notifications and todos

GitLab provides advanced notification mechanisms to let developers know what happens in the project. Bitbucket requires a plugin to achieve this.

Reduce costs with simple licence management

Bitbucket requires integration with multiple products, each with different billing cycles. Bitbucket also has complex licensing rules, whereas GitLab has the simplest licence management, and is simply the most comprehensive and affordable software development solution on the market.

Reduce 3rd party maintenance with an integrated solution

Bitbucket 3rd party integrations mean that if something breaks, you will need to contact both vendors to address the problem, resulting in longer wait times. With an integrated solution, GitLab’s rapid response time to issues, means that you can be back up and running in no time.

Omnibus Installation to get up and running quicker

An installation of Bitbucket requires the implementation of multiple products, each with their own complexities. GitLab has an omnibus package which spans the entire software supply chain, and has all dependencies built in for a simple and straightforward installation and configuration.

Review your teams performance with Cycle Analytics

Team want to improve their each stage of their workflow, but are faced with no way to measure this with GitHub with it’s 3rd party integrations. With built in Cycle Analytics, GitLab records the median time it takes the team to complete each stage in their workflow from idea to production, and provides insights into areas for improvement.

New features every month

GitLab is updated with new features and improvements every month on the 22nd.

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GitLab is open-core

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

Access to the source code

You can see the GitLab Community Edition and Enterprise source code at any time, even on your own server.

Fully modifiable

Unlike closed-source software, you can modify GitLab's source code. 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.

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.

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.

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