AWS CodeBuild vs Jenkins X: What are the differences?
AWS CodeBuild: 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; Jenkins X: A CI/CD solution for cloud applications on Kubernetes. Jenkins X is a CI/CD solution for modern cloud applications on Kubernetes.
AWS CodeBuild and Jenkins X can be primarily classified as "Continuous Integration" tools.
Some of the features offered by AWS CodeBuild are:
- Fully Managed Build Service
- Continuous Scaling
- Enables Continuous Integration
On the other hand, Jenkins X provides the following key features:
- Automated CI and CD - Rather than having to have deep knowledge of the internals of Jenkins Pipeline, Jenkins X will default awesome pipelines for your projects that implements fully CI and CD
- Environment Promotion via GitOps - Each team gets a set of Environments. Jenkins X then automates the management of the Environments and the Promotion of new versions of Applications between Environments via GitOps
- Pull Request Preview Environments - Jenkins X automatically spins up Preview Environments for your Pull Requests so you can get fast feedback before changes are merged to master
"Pay per minute" is the top reason why over 4 developers like AWS CodeBuild, while over 2 developers mention "Kubernetes integration" as the leading cause for choosing Jenkins X.
Jenkins X is an open source tool with 2.8K GitHub stars and 498 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Jenkins X's open source repository on GitHub.
Convox, Volta Industries, and ChromaDex are some of the popular companies that use AWS CodeBuild, whereas Jenkins X is used by letgo, Zetaops, and Proente. AWS CodeBuild has a broader approval, being mentioned in 21 company stacks & 14 developers stacks; compared to Jenkins X, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.
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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!