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AWS CodeBuild vs GitLab CI: 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, GitLab CI is detailed as "GitLab integrated CI to test, build and deploy your code". 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.

AWS CodeBuild and GitLab CI can be primarily classified as "Continuous Integration" tools.

"Pay per minute" is the primary reason why developers consider AWS CodeBuild over the competitors, whereas "Robust CI with awesome Docker support" was stated as the key factor in picking GitLab CI.

WebbyLab, Infoxchange, and Dial Once are some of the popular companies that use GitLab CI, whereas AWS CodeBuild is used by Convox, Volta Industries, and ChromaDex. GitLab CI has a broader approval, being mentioned in 210 company stacks & 93 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 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.
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      What are some alternatives to AWS CodeBuild and GitLab CI?
      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.
      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.
      CircleCI
      Continuous integration and delivery platform helps software teams rapidly release code with confidence by automating the build, test, and deploy process. Offers a modern software development platform that lets teams ramp.
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      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!

      How developers use AWS CodeBuild and GitLab CI
      Avatar of Trusted Shops GmbH
      Trusted Shops GmbH uses GitLab CIGitLab CI

      We use Gitlab CI to unit and component test all of our application/components/modules. Therefore we use Docker runners.

      Avatar of Dynamictivity
      Dynamictivity uses GitLab CIGitLab CI

      GitLab CI is extremely flexible and easy to use. We also enjoy the elastic build infrastructure which is Docker based.

      Avatar of Sanghyun Park
      Sanghyun Park uses GitLab CIGitLab CI

      Upon push, build the site and publish to Google Cloud Storage.

      Avatar of cslasher
      cslasher uses GitLab CIGitLab CI

      CI/CD with Docker support.

      Avatar of Patty R
      Patty R uses AWS CodeBuildAWS CodeBuild

      build, test, deploys code

      Avatar of Solcast
      Solcast uses GitLab CIGitLab CI

      Deployment pipeline

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