GitLab Merge Requests vs. GitHub Pull Requests

GitLab compared to other tools

GitLab is the next-generation development toolset that covers 100% of your software development lifecycle.

GitLab unifies chat, issues, code review, CI, CD, and cycle analytics into a single UI. Unlike other source code management tools that only support a portion of your development lifecycle, GitLab delivers a unified experience for every step of the development lifecycle providing the most efficient approach to software delivery. So no matter what line of business you're in, GitLab gives you the edge to compete, innovate, and win.

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.

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Cycle Analytics

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.

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Time tracking

Time Tracking in GitLab lets your team add estimates and record time spent on issues and merge requests.

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Preview your changes with Review Apps

With GitLab CI/CD 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.

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Fast-forward merge with option to rebase

With this setting at the project level, you can ensure that no merge commits are created and all merges are fast-forwarded. When a fast-forward merge is not possible, the user is given the option to rebase.

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Squash and merge

Combine commits into one so that main branch has a simpler to follow and revert history.

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Merge request approvals

When a project requires multiple sign-offs, GitLab Enterprise Edition enables you to make sure every merge request is approved by one or more people. Merge request approvals allow you to set the number of necessary approvals and predefine a list of approvers that will need to approve every merge request in a project, and in-turn improve your code’s quality.

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Todos

When a user is mentioned in or assigned to a merge request it will be included in the user Todos, making the development workflow faster and easier to track.

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Merge conflict resolution

Preview merge conflicts in the GitLab UI and tell Git which version to use.

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Inline commenting and discussion resolution

Code or text review is faster and more effective with inline comments in merge requests. Leave comments and resolve discussions on specific lines of code. In GitLab, Merge Request inline comments are interpreted as a discussion. You can configure your project to only accept merge requests when all discussions are resolved.

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Cherry-picking changes

Cherry-pick any commit in the UI by simply clicking the Cherry-Pick button in a merged merge request or a specific commit.

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Container debugging with an integrated web terminal

Easily debug your containers in any of your environments using the built-in GitLab Web Terminal. GitLab can open a terminal session directly from your environment if your application is deployed on Kubernetes. This is a very powerful feature where you can quickly debug issues without leaving the comfort of your web browser.

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Labels

Labels provide an easy way to categorize issues or merge requests based on descriptive titles as 'bug', or 'documentation'.

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Ability to edit all fields of a merge request

GitLab Merge Requests are editable by the author, the project's owners and users with master access. Every field is editable, as well as the target branch.

Read through GitLab Merge Request's Documentation

Automatically close issue(s) when a merge request is merged

With GitLab, you can use specific keywords to close one or more issues as soon as a merge request is merged.

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Enriched Markdown support

GitLab uses 'GitLab Flavored Markdown' (GFM). It extends the standard Markdown in a few significant ways to add some useful functionality.

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Merge when pipeline succeeds

When reviewing a merge request that looks ready to merge but still has one or more CI/CD jobs running, you can set it to be merged automatically when the jobs pipeline succeeds.

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Work in Progress merge requests (WIP)

Prevent merge requests from accidentally being accepted before they're completely ready by marking them as Work In Progress (WIP). This gives you all the code review power of merge requests, while protecting unfinished work.

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Issues and merge requests templates

By adding a description template to your MRs, users who create a new issue or merge request can select a template to help them to communicate effectively.

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Revert specific commits or a merge request from the UI

Revert any commit or a single merge request from GitLab's UI, with a click of a button.

Learn how to revert a commit or a merge request from the GitLab UI.