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.


GitLab Pages vs. GitHub Pages

FEATURES

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.

Learn more about CI/CD

Publish static websites for free with GitLab Pages

GitLab Pages provides an easy system for hosting static sites using GitLab repositories and GitLab CI, complete with custom domains and HTTPS support.

Learn more about GitLab Pages

Publish your website from a private project for free

With GitLab Pages, you can create a private repository to hold your site content, and keep only the page source (HTML) available online.

Visit GitLab Pages Documentation.

Custom domains for GitLab Pages

With GitLab Pages websites, you can use a custom domain or subdomain.

Learn how to apply custom domains to GitLab Pages websites

Multiple custom domains for GitLab Pages

GitLab Pages allows you to add as many custom domains (known as domain aliases) pointing to a single website. A domain alias is like having multiple front doors to one location.

Learn how to add custom domains to your GitLab Pages website

Secure custom domains (HTTPS) with GitLab Pages

Install a SSL/TLS certificate, at no cost, on a website set up with a custom domain served by GitLab Pages.

Learn how to add an SSL/TLS certificate to your GitLab Pages website

GitLab Pages support all Static Site Generators

With GitLab, you can build any SSG, and also choose specific SSGs' versions you want your site to build with (e.g. Middleman 4.1.1).

Learn how to build any SSG with GitLab Pages

GitLab Pages example projects

Choose an [example project](https://gitlab.com/pages) to fork and get started with GitLab Pages.

Watch a 3-min video tutorial on how to get started with GitLab Pages by forking a project

GitLab Pages supports all Jekyll plugins

Besides building any Jekyll version you want, with GitLab Pages you can use all Jekyll plugins available.

Visit GitLab Pages Documentation.

Custom Error Pages (404) for GitLab Pages

GitLab Pages allows you to create custom error pages.

Learn how to add a custom 404 to GitLab Pages websites

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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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