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Codeship vs GitLab: What are the differences?

Codeship: A Continuous Integration Platform in the cloud. Codeship runs your automated tests and configured deployment when you push to your repository. It takes care of managing and scaling the infrastructure so that you are able to test and release more frequently and get faster feedback for building the product your users need; GitLab: Open source self-hosted Git management software. GitLab offers git repository management, code reviews, issue tracking, activity feeds and wikis. Enterprises install GitLab on-premise and connect it with LDAP and Active Directory servers for secure authentication and authorization. A single GitLab server can handle more than 25,000 users but it is also possible to create a high availability setup with multiple active servers.

Codeship and GitLab are primarily classified as "Continuous Integration" and "Code Collaboration & Version Control" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Codeship are:

  • Run you automated tests | Easily set up Codeship with Github or Bitbucket and trigger your automated tests with a simple push to your repository.
  • 100 builds & 5 private projects free per month.
  • Free for OSS.

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

  • Manage git repositories with fine grained access controls that keep your code secure
  • Perform code reviews and enhance collaboration with merge requests
  • Each project can also have an issue tracker and a wiki

"Simple deployments", "Easy setup" and "Github integration" are the key factors why developers consider Codeship; whereas "Self hosted", "Free" and "Has community edition" are the primary reasons why GitLab is favored.

GitLab is an open source tool with 20.1K GitHub stars and 5.33K GitHub forks. Here's a link to GitLab's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, GitLab has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1219 company stacks & 1431 developers stacks; compared to Codeship, which is listed in 278 company stacks and 82 developer stacks.

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What is Codeship?

Codeship runs your automated tests and configured deployment when you push to your repository. It takes care of managing and scaling the infrastructure so that you are able to test and release more frequently and get faster feedback for building the product your users need.

What is GitLab?

GitLab offers git repository management, code reviews, issue tracking, activity feeds and wikis. Enterprises install GitLab on-premise and connect it with LDAP and Active Directory servers for secure authentication and authorization. A single GitLab server can handle more than 25,000 users but it is also possible to create a high availability setup with multiple active servers.
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What are some alternatives to Codeship and GitLab?
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.
Semaphore
Semaphore is the fastest continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) platform on the market, powering the world’s best engineering teams.
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.
Shippable
Shippable is a SaaS platform that lets you easily add Continuous Integration/Deployment to your Github and BitBucket repositories. It is lightweight, super simple to setup, and runs your builds and tests faster than any other service.
Codefresh
Automate and parallelize testing. Codefresh allows teams to spin up on-demand compositions to run unit and integration tests as part of the continuous integration process. Jenkins integration allows more complex pipelines.
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Decisions about Codeship and GitLab
Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly
Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 14 upvotes · 149.2K views
atACK FoundryACK Foundry
Bitbucket
Bitbucket
GitLab Pages
GitLab Pages
GitLab CI
GitLab CI
GitHub
GitHub
GitLab
GitLab
#OpenSourceCloud

I use GitLab when building side-projects and MVPs. The interface and interactions are close enough to those of GitHub to prevent cognitive switching costs between professional and personal projects hosted on different services.

GitLab also provides a suite of tools including issue/project management, CI/CD with GitLab CI, and validation/landing pages with GitLab Pages. With everything in one place, on an #OpenSourceCloud GitLab makes it easy for me to manage much larger projects on my own, than would be possible with other solutions or tools.

It's petty I know, but I can also read the GitLab code diffs far more easily than diffs on GitHub or Bitbucket...they just look better in my opinion.

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GitHub
GitHub
Slack
Slack
Semaphore
Semaphore
Codeship
Codeship

When it comes to continuous Integration services, the choice is hard. There are several solutions available and it looks like the dev scene is very split. We've read and reviewed several solutions and we ended up making the choice between Codeship and Semaphore . Although Semaphore is used by slightly more developers, we've experienced a faster and easy flow using Codeship. Both do integrate Slack and GitHub very well, so this is not a point to set them apart. Both have a complex pricing system that is not that easy to calculate and predict. However, out in the wild, we found Codeship to have a better price point at heavy use.

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Tim Abbott
Tim Abbott
Founder at Zulip · | 13 upvotes · 121.6K views
atZulipZulip
GitLab
GitLab
GitHub
GitHub

I have mixed feelings on GitHub as a product and our use of it for the Zulip open source project. On the one hand, I do feel that being on GitHub helps people discover Zulip, because we have enough stars (etc.) that we rank highly among projects on the platform. and there is a definite benefit for lowering barriers to contribution (which is important to us) that GitHub has such a dominant position in terms of what everyone has accounts with.

But even ignoring how one might feel about their new corporate owner (MicroSoft), in a lot of ways GitHub is a bad product for open source projects. Years after the "Dear GitHub" letter, there are still basic gaps in its issue tracker:

  • You can't give someone permission to label/categorize issues without full write access to a project (including ability to merge things to master, post releases, etc.).
  • You can't let anyone with a GitHub account self-assign issues to themselves.
  • Many more similar issues.

It's embarrassing, because I've talked to GitHub product managers at various open source events about these things for 3 years, and they always agree the thing is important, but then nothing ever improves in the Issues product. Maybe the new management at MicroSoft will fix their product management situation, but if not, I imagine we'll eventually do the migration to GitLab.

We have a custom bot project, http://github.com/zulip/zulipbot, to deal with some of these issues where possible, and every other large project we talk to does the same thing, more or less.

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GitHub
GitHub
GitLab
GitLab
Bitbucket
Bitbucket

Bitbucket provides 5 private repositories for free that is I believe the best feature. GitLab seems very simmilar to GitHub. The only reason I've choosen GitHub is its popularity. It seems faster than GitLab, uglier than Bitbucket and featured as others. The best open source projects are hosted on GitHub. Many applications are integrated with GitHub like my favourite #GitKraken.

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Jaime Leonardo Suncin Cruz
Jaime Leonardo Suncin Cruz
GitLab
GitLab
GitHub
GitHub

Keep with GitHub if you feel comfortable, If you want to switch to other keep in mind the change of mindset and you will need time to adapt, i'm not saying that GitLab is bad or difficult just the opposite, but it can be overwhelming because it have more integrated features (I love this) than GitHub , what it means more configs available that you can mess up.

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Jona Koudijs
Jona Koudijs
Infrastructure Engineer at True · | 5 upvotes · 3.6K views
GitLab
GitLab

I use GitLab because of the tight integration with Gitlab CI. I noticed that having the entire build chain integrated into one platform, makes it easier for developers and infrastructure engineers to work with automated testing and deploying even though not everybody has the same amount of experience with it.

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Sebastian Dellwig
Sebastian Dellwig
Tech Lead at Porsche Digital GmbH · | 6 upvotes · 17.8K views
Codeship
Codeship
CircleCI
CircleCI
GitLab CI
GitLab CI

We are using GitLab CI and were very happy with it. The integration of all tools like CI/CD, tickets, etc makes it very easy to stay on top of things. But be aware, Gitlab currently does not have iOS build support. So if you want to exchange that for CircleCI / Codeship to have to invest some effort. We are using a managed Mac OS device and installed the Gitlab runner there, to have iOS builds.

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Logan Campos
Logan Campos
Computer Programmer at cryptosec.dev · | 10 upvotes · 44.2K views
GitHub
GitHub
GitLab
GitLab

As an former administrator for GitLab enterprise I can say for closed source development it is an amazing tool to have. It does however have limits. For starters you will need to bother your unix administrators to assign a license to you. And after that happens the same guys start getting cranky if you use git LFS(Large File Storage) or manage a couple repos about ~100MBish. if you fork open source efforts remember to git clone --depth 1 ! As a free user of GitHub , I don't get crazy CI pipelines or crazy project management tools. I also don't need it !

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Russtopia Labs
Russtopia Labs
Sr. Doodad Imagineer at Russtopia Labs · | 3 upvotes · 23.1K views
GitLab
GitLab
Go
Go
GitHub
GitHub
Gogs
Gogs

I installed Gogs after a few repos I planned to use on GitHub disappeared without explanation, and after Microsoft's acquisition of same, it made me think about the over-centralization of community-developed software. A self-hosted solution that enables easy point-and-click mirroring of important repositories for my projects, both in-house and 3rd-party, ensures I won't be bitten by upstream catastrophes. (So far, Microsoft's stewardship has been fine, but always be prepared). It's also a very nice way to host one's own private repos before they're ready for prime-time on github.

Gogs is written in Go and is easy to install and configure, much more so than GitLab. The only major feature I wish it had is an integrated code review tool.

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Daniel Quinn
Daniel Quinn
Senior Developer at Founders4Schools · | 6 upvotes · 7.3K views
atThe Paperless ProjectThe Paperless Project
GitLab
GitLab
GitHub
GitHub

We use GitHub because it's the default go-to place for the Free software community. Currently, Github is enjoying the network effect: you write code there because everyone writes there code there, so this choice was less of a choice than "what we all end up doing".

Personally, I prefer GitLab for its bundled-in tools like CI, boards, packaging, and Docker repo, but so long as the vast majority of talented nerds out there are on Github, that's where Paperless will be.

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GitLab
GitLab
Bitbucket
Bitbucket
GitHub
GitHub

I use GitHub because it's the coolest kid on the block for open source. Searching for repos you need/want is easy.

Especially with the apache foundation moving their workloads to them, unlimited private repos, and a package registry on the way, they are becoming the one stop shop for open source needs.

I'm curious to see how the GitHub Sponsors(patreon for developers) plays out, and what it'll do for open source. Hopefully, they design it in a way where it's not abused by big tech to "plant" developers that look like they're building open source when they're actually building proprietary tools.

Bitbucket GitLab

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Tom Klein
Tom Klein
CEO at Gentlent · | 9 upvotes · 25.6K views
atGentlentGentlent
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
npm
npm
Varnish
Varnish
HAProxy
HAProxy
Kubernetes
Kubernetes
Docker
Docker
GitLab
GitLab
GitHub
GitHub
Git
Git

We're using Git through GitHub for public repositories and GitLab for our private repositories due to its easy to use features. Docker and Kubernetes are a must have for our highly scalable infrastructure complimented by HAProxy with Varnish in front of it. We are using a lot of npm and Visual Studio Code in our development sessions.

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Bitbucket
Bitbucket
GitLab
GitLab
GitHub
GitHub
#Githubmarketplace

A bit difference in GitHub and GitLab though both are Version Control repository management services which provides key component in the software development workflow. A decision of choosing GitHub over GitLab is major leap extension from code management, to deployment and monitoring alongside looking beyond the code base hosting provided best fitted tools for developer communities.

  • Authentication stages - With GitLab you can set and modify people’s permissions according to their role. In GitHub, you can decide if someone gets a read or write access to a repository.
  • Built-In Continuous Integrations - GitLab offers its very own CI for free. No need to use an external CI service. And if you are already used to an external CI, you can obviously integrate with Jenkins, etc whereas GitHub offers various 3rd party integrations – such as Travis CI, CircleCI or Codeship – for running and testing your code. However, there’s no built-in CI solution at the moment.
  • Import/Export Resources - GitLab offers detailed documentation on how to import your data from other vendors – such as GitHub, Bitbucket to GitLab. GitHub, on the other hand, does not offer such detailed documentation for the most common git repositories. However, GitHub offers to use GitHub Importer if you have your source code in Subversion, Mercurial, TFS and others.

Also when it comes to exporting data, GitLab seems to do a pretty solid job, offering you the ability to export your projects including the following data:

  • Wiki and project repositories
  • Project uploads
  • The configuration including webhooks and services
  • Issues with comments, merge requests with diffs and comments, labels, milestones, snippets, and other project entities.

GitHub, on the other hand, seems to be more restrictive when it comes to export features of existing GitHub repositories. * Integrations - #githubmarketplace gives you an essence to have multiple and competitive integrations whereas you will find less in the GitLab.

So go ahead with better understanding.

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Tassanai Singprom
Tassanai Singprom
Slack
Slack
BrowserStack
BrowserStack
Sentry
Sentry
Kibana
Kibana
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
npm
npm
GitLab
GitLab
GitHub
GitHub
Git
Git
Elasticsearch
Elasticsearch
Postman
Postman
Google Analytics
Google Analytics
MariaDB
MariaDB
GraphQL
GraphQL
Amazon RDS
Amazon RDS
Lumen
Lumen
Laravel
Laravel
Firebase
Firebase
Vue.js
Vue.js
Sass
Sass
Ubuntu
Ubuntu
Amazon EC2
Amazon EC2
Redis
Redis
jQuery
jQuery
HTML5
HTML5
PHP
PHP
JavaScript
JavaScript

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JavaScript PHP HTML5 jQuery Redis Amazon EC2 Ubuntu Sass Vue.js Firebase Laravel Lumen Amazon RDS GraphQL MariaDB

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Google Analytics Postman Elasticsearch

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Git GitHub GitLab npm Visual Studio Code Kibana Sentry BrowserStack

My Business Tools

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Reviews of Codeship and GitLab
Review ofCodeshipCodeship

Working for a web agency, I have access to many premium services for all parts of the development process which leads to two things when it comes to working on my personal projects at home.

1: I am more fussy about the quality of tools and services that I use than I was before I went from just messing around with programming to having a developer job.

2: I really don't want to pay a single fee or any kind of subscription to services as after using them all day at work I find it hard to justify personally paying a premium to use them for a bit of time at home after work.

However with Code ship neither of these things caused any issues as I found it to be very high quality and free.

On the subject of it being free, I know there are other CI solutions that are free however if you wish to use it with a private repository then unless you already have private Github repos then the fact that Code Ship integrates with Bitbucket can be extremely convenient as it means you can set up your personal projects with free private repository and a free CI / testing solution for absolutely free.

Overall Codeship has really impressed me in every way from its pricing to its clean and simple UI and its ease of use.

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Marc Qualie
Review ofCodeshipCodeship

Setting up continuous integration is complex and time consuming. I've used Codeship for 1 year now and I would never go back to previous systems such as self hosted Jenkins for any kind of web applications. The ability to change developer access on a per repository basis with the click of a button is very helpful and integration with all our services such as Github and Heroku make testing and deployment happen in the background so we can concentrate on our application and not worry about what state the live code is in. We also find the Slack integration (and flowdock before that) to be a great way to share the current code status with the whole team without getting spammed with emails on each commit and build state change while testing prototype branches or working on pull-requests.

Review ofCodeshipCodeship

Like most developers I'd love it if my deployment processes were always the same for every project so I never had to think about deployment. However, that's probably never going to happen unless we stop having clients. Codeship allows me to organize all of my deployments into one place and set them up once so that I don't have to remember the process for every nuance of every client.

Whether it's deploying a Drupal or Wordpress site to a private server, a Meteor.js app to Modulus, or just about anything else Codeship gives me the flexibility of writing my own shell scripts for custom jobs (private server) but also one-click solutions for common problems (deployment to Modulus).

Highly recommend them!

Review ofCodeshipCodeship

It's not easy to differentiate a CI/CD service because integrations matter so much more than the service itself. Didn't even need to read any docs, it just works exactly as you expect it to.

Pros:

  • Pipelines for running tests in parallel (freemium).
  • Easiest setup of any CI service I've tried.
  • Mandatory build status image service.

Cons:

  • Test runners are alright, but not that powerful. Py.test can run tests in parallel on its own, but enabling that feature doesn't seem to speed up Codeship runs.
  • Doesn't detect tox environments, so you have to specify one environment per pipeline manually.
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Ben Gandhi-Shepard
Review ofCodeshipCodeship

I spent half a day grepping CodeShip and now I have a sweet deployment process for WP sites. After a month of wrestling with Bamboo I decided to give CodeShip a try thanks to an article by CodeShip's Roman Kuba about deploying WP sites

I am now killin' WP development with my CodeShip + WPEngine setup. This is also making WP development/deployment fun for the first time. CodeShip f*cking rocks.

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JavaScript Developer
Review ofGitLabGitLab

You cannot get easier setup and deployment with GitLab. The documentation is huge and many common use cases are covered. It has a Community Edition (CE, free, 100% open source) and an Enterprise Edittion (EE, see pricing). The CE is more than good enough. Although in the entreprise world, the EE is much better suited if, for instance, LDAP is needed. There is a Web UI that allows people to version their work without too much hassle. If you are a developer and have worked with git before this is really easy.

How developers use Codeship and GitLab
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Eldoria uses GitLabGitLab

Als einer der größten Konkurrenten zu GitHub und BitBucket, stellt GitLab eine verlässliche Alternative dar. Als private GitLab Instanz oder als Service bietet GitLab alle Features die wir benötigen und das völlig Kostenfrei in der Community Edition. Hier liegen alle unsere Repositories.

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Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses GitLabGitLab

Gitlab offers us a self-hosted replacement for Github and even more than we were expecting from it. All of our code is hosted in our private GitLab-instance, that also hosts our artifacts and is used to deploy them into production.

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HyVive uses GitLabGitLab

Our self hosted gitlab service provides us with a private and secure environment for developing and testing our internal software. All of our dockerfiles, source code and configuration files for our infrastructure are stored here.

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Andrew Gatenby uses CodeshipCodeship

We use this as a CI tool when working on our API and related tools. The setup is relatively painless and it hooks directly into our Github repo's to provide reports and feedback.

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Refractal uses GitLabGitLab

GitLab is our main Git server, housed on a separate box inside our VPN, it's diverse features and sandbox-support allows it to be an extremely good way to secure your source code.

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yaswanthgoud3235 uses GitLabGitLab

GitLab is a web-based Git repository manager with wiki and issue tracking features, using an open source license, developed by GitLab Inc. The software

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RentChek uses CodeshipCodeship

Runs a full test suite whenever we push changes to master and if everything is good, automatically deploys our changes to production.

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Kim Do Hyeon uses CodeshipCodeship

원래 CircleCI 쓰다가 갑자기 슬랙으로 알림오는게 안돼서 Codeship 쓰는 중 Circle CI가 더 편함

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azawisza uses CodeshipCodeship

build center and continous deployment for all services

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Grubster uses CodeshipCodeship

A QA tool that runs the platform's automated tests

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