GitLab compared to other tools

GitLab CI vs. Jenkins

FEATURES

No installation needed

GitLab CI ships with GitLab and is ready to use out of the box.

Extensible

GitLab CI is extensible through an API.

Learn more about GitLab's API

Built for containers and Docker

GitLab ships with its own Docker container registry, Docker CI Runner and is ready for a complete CI/CD container workflow, while Jenkins requires you to install, configure and maintain additional plugins to create a similar workflow.

Minimal build configuration

GitLab CI requires less configuration for your builds than a similar Jenkins setup.

Cloud Native

GitLab CI/CD is Cloud Native, purpose built for the cloud model. GitLab ships with Red Hat OpenShift and Kubernetes support out of the box.

Container debugging on any environment

Easily debug your containers in any of your environments using the built-in GitLab Web Terminal.

Environment monitoring

GitLab ships with Prometheous allowing you to monitor the performance of your deployed environments without any addtional setup.

Learn more about Prometheus

Integrates with Cycle Analytics

GitLab CI integrates with GitLab Cycle Analytics allowing you see how much of your cycle time from idea to production is spent on development, testing and review.

Preview your changes with Review Apps

With GitLab CI 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.

Learn more about Review Apps

Comprehensive pipeline graphs

Pipelines can be complex structures with many sequential and parallel jobs. To make it a little easier to see what is going on, you can view a graph of a single pipeline and its status.

Learn more about pipeline graphs

Browsable artifacts

With GitLab CI you can upload your job artifacts in GitLab itself without the need of an external service. Because of this, artifacts are also browsable through GitLab's web interface. Travis CI relies on having an AWS S3 account in order to upload artifacts.

Learn more about using job artifacts in your project

Support for Canary Deployments monitoring

GitLab Enterprise Edition Premium can monitor your Canary Deployments when deploying your applications with Kubernetes.

Learn more about configuring Canary Deployments

Scheduled triggering of pipelines

You can make your pipelines run on a schedule in a cron-like environment.

Learn how to trigger pipelines on a schedule in GitLab

Code Quality in Merge Requests

Code Quality reports, available in the merge request widget area, give you an early insight into how the change will affect the health of your code before deciding if you want to accept it.

Learn more about Code Quality reports

Multi-project pipeline graphs

With multi-project pipeline graphs you can see how upstream and downstream pipelines are linked together for projects that are linked to others via triggers as part of a more complex design, as it is for micro-services architecture.

Learn more about multi-project pipeline graphs

Protected secret variables

You can mark a secret variable as "protected" to make it available only to jobs running on protected branches, therefore only authorized users can get access to it.

Learn how to use protected secret variables

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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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