Jenkins vs GitLab CI

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.


No installation needed

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

Minimal build configuration

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


Both GitLab CI and Jenkins are extensible through an API or plugin system but GitLab's core CI feature set is more comprehensive than Jenkins.

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.

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.

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.