JFrog Artifactory vs GitLab

GitLab compared to other DevOps tools

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Summary

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.

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FEATURES

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

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 GitLab.com

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.

Use search to find and identify Docker images

Allows users to search their GitLab instance for image names and tags

View the GitLab issue.

Lower the cost of storage for the GitLab Container Registry by running garbage collection

In the context of the Docker registry, garbage collection is the process of removing blobs from the filesystem when they are no longer referenced by a manifest.

Check out the documentation, and get started today.

Helm chart repository support

Supports storage and retrieval of Helm charts.

View the GitLab issue.

Docker tag expiration and retention policies

Easily define, manage and update Docker image expiration policies on a per project and per Docker repository level, reducing storage costs and operational risks of manually removing images.

Learn more about how to programmatically expire images

Leverage virtual package repositories to simplify package management workflows.

A virtual repository is a collection of local, remote and other virtual repositories accessed through a single logical URL.

GitLab Epic detailing the issues required to add this functionality.

Proxy remote package registries for safer, more reliable builds.

For many organizations, it is useful to have a caching proxy for frequently used upstream packages. In the case of CI/CD, the proxy is responsible for receiving a request and returning the upstream package from a registry, acting as a pull-through cache to speed up your pipelines.

Learn more about the Dependency Proxy

Conan (C/C++) Repository

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

Documentation on the Conan Repository

Maven (Java) 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 (node) 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

NuGet (.NET) Repository

GitLab's NuGet Repository allows C#/.NET developers to create, publish and share packages using the NuGet client or visual studio.

Documentation on the NuGet Repository

PyPI (Python) Repository

This planned feature will enable Python developers to setup GitLab as a remote PyPI repository and to build, publish and share packages using the PyPI client or GitLab CI/CD.

Check out the epic for additional details on implementation and timing

RPM (Linux) Repository

This planned feature will enable Linux developers to build, publish and share RPM packages alongside their source code and pipelines.

Check out the issue for additional details on implementation and timing

Debian (Linux) Repository

This planned feature will enable Linux developers to build, publish and share Debian packages alongside their source code and pipelines.

Check out the issue for additional details on implementation and timing

RubyGems (Ruby) Repository

This planned feature will enable Ruby developers to setup GitLab as a remote RubyGems repository and to build, publish and share packages using the command line or GitLab CI/CD. This will also be a valuable feature for GitLab and help with [dogfooding](https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/values/#dogfooding)

Check out the issue for additional details on implementation and timing

Go Repository

This planned feature will enable Go developers to build, publish and share their packages right alongside their source code and pipelines. This will also be a valuable feature for GitLab and help with [dogfooding](https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/values/#dogfooding)

Check out the issue for additional details on implementation and timing

Composer (PHP) Repository

This planned feature will enable PHP developers to build, publish and share their packages right alongside their source code and pipelines.

Check out the issue for additional details on implementation and timing

Use the Package Registry through REST API

Enables support for automation and integration of the GitLab Package Registry through a REST API.

Documentation on API

SaaS package registry offering

The GitLab Package Registry is available as a software service.

Learn more about the Package Registry available on GitLab.com

Self-managed package registry offering

The GitLab Package Registry 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

Package debugging with an integrated web terminal

Easily debug your packages 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.

Learn more about the web terminal