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AWS CodeBuild vs GitHub: What are the differences?

Developers describe AWS CodeBuild as "Build and test code with continuous scaling". AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers. On the other hand, GitHub is detailed as "Powerful collaboration, review, and code management for open source and private development projects". GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over three million people use GitHub to build amazing things together.

AWS CodeBuild belongs to "Continuous Integration" category of the tech stack, while GitHub can be primarily classified under "Code Collaboration & Version Control".

Some of the features offered by AWS CodeBuild are:

  • Fully Managed Build Service
  • Continuous Scaling
  • Enables Continuous Integration

On the other hand, GitHub provides the following key features:

  • Command Instructions
  • Source Browser
  • Git Powered Wikis

"Pay per minute" is the top reason why over 4 developers like AWS CodeBuild, while over 1750 developers mention "Open source friendly" as the leading cause for choosing GitHub.

Airbnb, Netflix, and Medium are some of the popular companies that use GitHub, whereas AWS CodeBuild is used by Convox, Volta Industries, and ChromaDex. GitHub has a broader approval, being mentioned in 4708 company stacks & 6088 developers stacks; compared to AWS CodeBuild, which is listed in 21 company stacks and 14 developer stacks.

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What is AWS CodeBuild?

AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers.

What is GitHub?

GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over three million people use GitHub to build amazing things together.
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    What are some alternatives to AWS CodeBuild and GitHub?
    Jenkins
    In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
    AWS CodePipeline
    CodePipeline builds, tests, and deploys your code every time there is a code change, based on the release process models you define.
    Apache Maven
    Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects.
    GitLab CI
    GitLab offers a continuous integration service. If you add a .gitlab-ci.yml file to the root directory of your repository, and configure your GitLab project to use a Runner, then each merge request or push triggers your CI pipeline.
    Travis CI
    Free for open source projects, our CI environment provides multiple runtimes (e.g. Node.js or PHP versions), data stores and so on. Because of this, hosting your project on travis-ci.com means you can effortlessly test your library or applications against multiple runtimes and data stores without even having all of them installed locally.
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    Reviews of AWS CodeBuild and GitHub
    Avatar of nzoschke
    Engineering Manager at Segment
    Review ofAWS CodeBuildAWS CodeBuild

    The open-source Convox Platform-as-a-Service is built entirely on AWS cloud services.

    Through this lens, it's been obvious that AWS has been missing a managed build service. For the past year we've had to work around this by building our own build service on ECS and ECR. You can read more on my AWS Missing Parts: Build Service blog post.

    So I'm excited to finally have this service. After a quick weekend prototype, the service works as expected and will unlock Cheaper, Faster and Safer Builds for our systems.

    This is a classic AWS service. It's tricky to figure out all the options. I recommend jumping straight to the Docker example docs:

    You'll need to figure IAM, Build Project JSON, and Build Spec YAML to get it all working.

    But once you do, you've unlocked managed builds on small, medium or large compute types. No instances required!

    Avatar of sivakumar-kailasam
    Staff Software Engineer
    Review ofGitHubGitHub

    For starters you can fork a repo, edit it online and send a pull request which is huge if its something very small that you want to commit. The whole pull request system, the UI and the UX are great. If I sent out a pull request that failed on travis CI then all I need to do is fix it in my fork and the original pull request will have these updates as well making it super easy for everyone involved. Overall a great service.

    Review ofGitHubGitHub

    I love GitHub! They provide a completely free service for hosting, storing, and collaborating on code. Seriously, if you aren't using them, go sign up now.

    Review ofGitHubGitHub

    Great collaboration-friendly git repository hosting. Plus integration with all sorts of other stuff, like Travis CI. But the command bar has disappeared...

    Avatar of princesust
    Science
    Review ofGitHubGitHub

    It's the best tools I have ever used.

    How developers use AWS CodeBuild and GitHub
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    Airbnb uses GitHubGitHub

    "Having a CI server building all commits across all branches was a huge first step, but to make this useful we needed to surface the outcome of these builds. This is where GitHub’s commit status API comes in. Every time our CI server begins a build, it pings GitHub’s commit status endpoint, and every time it completes a build it hits the endpoint again with the outcome. Now every open PR includes a yellow/red/green indicator for the branch in question, with a direct link to the build status page on our CI server. In practice this means more transparency, faster feedback cycles, and a guarantee that every branch merged into master has a passing test suite. This integration has been a huge help in keeping our master branch green, and has thus greatly reduced our deploy times (since engineers aren’t waiting on build failures to be resolved in master)."

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    Matt Welke uses GitHubGitHub

    Pervasive, easy to use Git repo hosting. I host ongoing personal projects privately and my personal blog (via GitHub Pages).

    I also take successful proofs of concept (for example, experimenting with linking AWS Lambda to Heroku Postgres to create a serverless SQL backed web app), and host them as public example repos. These are linked to Dependabot and CircleCI if they have tests so that dependencies can be kept up to date automatically over time and the code using the dependencies can stay fresh over time for example viewers.

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    yaswanthgoud3235 uses GitHubGitHub

    GitHub is a Web-based Git version control repository hosting service. It is mostly used for computer code. It offers all of the distributed version control and source code management (SCM) functionality of Git as well as adding its own features. It provides access control and several collaboration features such as bug tracking, feature requests, task management, and wikis for every project

    Avatar of Instacart
    Instacart uses GitHubGitHub

    Yeah, so we use GitHub, and we basically use a variant of continuous deployment where when anyone merges in a feature that they’ve finished with, they ship it immediately, and we bundle it up as a build pack and send it to all of our EC2 servers... Any developer on the team can trigger a build and deploy at any time. So on a given day, we probably deploy 20 or 30 times to prod.

    Avatar of StackShare
    StackShare uses GitHubGitHub

    One thing I really wish GitHub had: Trello-style kanban for Issues. There are a bunch of services and tools that add Kanban to GitHub Issues. But Trello just seems far better. If GitHub had it’s own kanban tool, I’d probably use it. Right now it’s pretty painful to try to tie cards to commits manually (when/if we remember to).

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    Patty R uses AWS CodeBuildAWS CodeBuild

    build, test, deploys code

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