Bitbucket.org vs. GitLab.com
Free unlimited collaborators
With GitLab.com, you don't have to start paying when you have more than 5 collaborators across all your private repositories.
Free CI with Shared or Own Runner
GitLab.com has shared runners that allow you to use GitLab CI completely free. Alternatively, you can set up your own Runner for faster build processing or special requirements.
Fast page load
Bitbucket.org has faster pageloads than GitLab.com right now, we're actively working on improving this. Self-hosted instances of GitLab CE/EE will be performant up to thousands of 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.
Internal projects in GitLab allow you to promote innersourcing of your internal repositories.
Simply add 'WIP' to the title of a merge request to prevent anyone from merging it. This gives you all the code review power of merge requests, while protecting unfinished work.
Commit graph and reporting tools
GitLab provides commit graphs and reporting tools about collaborators' work. Bitbucket does not have that.
Email notifications and todos
GitLab provides advanced notification mechanisms to let developers know what happens in the project.
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.
The best place for large open source projects
GitLab is meant to be the best place for any software project. The team behind GitLab is addressing issues that maintainers and contributors to large open source projects are facing, to make it easier to do both. Bitbucket hasn't made significant steps to reach this stage.
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. Bitbucket does not have issues.
In GitLab, you can set a due date for individual issues. This is very convenient if you have small tasks with a specific deadline. Bitbucket does not have issues.
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. Bitbucket does not have issues.
View all the issues for the milestone you’re currently working on across multiple projects. Bitbucket does not have milestones.
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. Bitbucket does not have issues.
GitLab provides a dashboard that lets teams measure the time it takes to go from an idea to production. 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. Bitbucket can't provide this data.
GitLab provides a convenient way to change meta data of an issue or merge request withouth leaving the comment field with slash commands.
Bitbucket has acquired Trello, but is not integrated with it. GitLab has built-in Issue boards, integrated with the rest of the tools.
Time Tracking in GitLab lets your team add estimates and record time spent on issues and merge requests. Bitbucket doesn't have this feaure out of the box.
Built-in Docker 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.
New features every month
GitLab is updated with new features and improvements every month on the 22nd.
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