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JFrog Artifactory vs. GitLab

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JFrog Artifactory is a tool designed to store the binary output of the build process for use in distribution and deployment. Artifactory provides support for a number of package formats such as Maven, Debian, NPM, Helm, Ruby, Python, and Docker. JFrog offers high availability, replication, disaster recovery, scalability, and works with many on-prem and cloud storage offerings.

GitLab also offers high availability and replication, and scalability, also available using on-prem or cloud storage, but at the moment offers less package type compatibility than Artifactory does (Maven, Docker, NPM). However, GitLab also offers functionality to automate the entire DevOps life cycle from planning, to creation, build, verify, security testing, deploying, and monitoring. The built-in binary package repositories that GitLab offers are just the tip of the ice-berg.



  • Base server subscription cost is $3k/year (Pro), Pro X adds X-Ray add-on product, training, and better support for $14.4k/year. Enterprise supports multi-site with up to 3 servers, advanced storage (including cloud), and central control (Mission Control) add-on for about $30k/year. Their newest offering is Enterprise+ which is considered "platform" purchase, in that you are getting almost everything JFrog offers (all Artifactory add-ons), for 6 servers. This we've heard runs about $124k/year.
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  • Heard from procurement at a prospect:

    "Enterprise+ was $95,000 in December 2018 and got increased by 20% in January 2019, so $124,000. That's for a 6 server licence" "sales guy told them to buy at list or walk away"



Built-in Container Registry

GitLab Container Registry is a secure and private registry for Docker images. It allows for easy upload and download of images from GitLab CI. It is fully integrated with Git repository management.

Documentation on Container Registry

Full Binary Repository

A binary repository is a software repository for packages, artifacts and their corresponding metadata. It can be used to store binary files produced by an organization itself, such as product releases and nightly product builds, or for third party binaries which must be treated differently for both technical and legal reasons.

Supports Maven and NPM

Docker image support

Supports storage and retrieval of Docker style containers.

Learn more about the GitLab container registry

Container registry webhooks

Trigger actions after a successful push to a registry to integrate Docker Hub with other services.

Learn more about GitLab registry webhooks

Container registry high availability

Highly available through the use of multiple replicas of all containers and metadata such that if a machine fails, the registry continues to operate and can be repaired.

Learn more about GitLab high availability

Container registry geographic replication

Supports distributed teams by running multiple registry instances across several regions and syncing between data centers.

Learn more about GitLab replication

Supports private container registries

Offers the ability to have private container registries and repositories

Learn more about GitLab private container registries

SaaS container registry offering

The container registry ia available as a software service.

Learn more about the container registry available on

Self-managed container registry offering

Container registry which is available to be self-installed and self-managed in an organizations data center, co-hosted, or in a chosen cloud provider.

Learn more about self-installing GitLab

Use container registry through REST API

Enables support for automation and integration of container registry through a REST API.

View the GitLab issue.

Helm chart repository support

Supports storage and retrieval of Helm charts.

View the GitLab issue.

Conan Repository

Conan is an open source, decentralized and multi-platform C/C++ Package Manager for developers to create and share native binaries.

Category vision for the Conan Repository

Maven Repository

GitLab’s Maven repository makes it easier to publish and share Java libraries across an organization, and ensure dependencies are managed correctly. It is fully integrated with GitLab, including authentication and authorization.

Documentation on the Maven Repository

NPM Registry

GitLab’s NPM repository makes it easier to publish and share NPM packages across an organization, and ensure dependencies are managed correctly. It is fully integrated with GitLab, including authentication and authorization.

Documentation on the NPM Registry

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