GitLab compared to other tools

This page compares GitLab to non-GitLab software. To compare different versions of GitLab with each-other see our self hosting products and GitLab.com SaaS plans.


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Choice and flexibility

GitLab CE/EE can be installed on physical servers, virtualized servers (dedicated or shared), purpose-built appliances and virtualized appliances. These aren't available with hosted solutions. Likewise, most on-premises servers can be deployed on a variety of operating systems and there's more choice of on-premises solutions in general.

Read about the different ways to install GitLab

Containment

Containing your company's IP behind the company's firewall gives you protection from unauthorized access. Learn from the lessons of Code Space.

Lessons from Code Space

Multiple integrations

GitLab can integrate with Authentication and Authorization (LDAP / AD) mechanisms, multiple 3rd party services, CI/CD, and other tools such as ALM, PLM, Agile and Automation tools.

Learn more about GitLab's integrations

Control

Take control of maintenance downtime, don't be at the mercy of your hosting provider. Control how and where your code is backed up and stored.

Retrieval

Getting your IP back from cloud vendors that store data in proprietary formats can be a costly and lengthy process. No such trouble with GitLab CE/EE.

In good company

GitLab is the most adopted on-premises solution for developer collaboration, deployed at over 100,000 organizations worldwide.

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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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