JFrog Artifactory vs GitLab

GitLab compared to other DevOps tools

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Summary

JFrog has transitioned from an artifact repository to a DevOps product that includes CI and CD capabilities through its acquisition of Shippable in Feb 2019. Recently in Feb 2020, JFrog announced the launch of its DevOps platform called 'JFrog Platform', a pre-integrated solution with a common UI across JFrog Pipelines, JFrog X-Ray and JFrog Source Composition Analysis products. This solution is backed by a common meta data model that facilitates information integration between these separate product.

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. (Codefresh will be ending their support for private docker registries as of May 1, 2020

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.

Use search to find and identify images

Search your group and project's Container Registry by image name

Learn more about the GitLab Container Registry

Helm chart repository support

Supports storage and retrieval of Helm charts.

View the GitLab issue.

Image Expiration policies

Easily define, manage and update project-level policies to define which images should be removed and preserved. This feature is designed to help you reduce storage costs and prevent important images from being deleted.

Learn more about Image Expiration policies

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

Python developers can set up GitLab as a remote PyPI repository and 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

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

Publish and share package versions

Each version of a package is nested under its uniquely-named parent. Now you can easily find the package you are looking for in the UI and better understand what has changed from version to version.

Learn more about the GitLab Package Registry