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Codeship vs Semaphore: 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; Semaphore: The continuous integration and delivery platform powering the world’s best engineering teams. Semaphore is the fastest continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) platform on the market, powering the world’s best engineering teams.

Codeship and Semaphore belong to "Continuous Integration" category of the tech stack.

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, Semaphore provides the following key features:

  • Docker, Kubernetes, iOS support & 100+ preinstalled Tools
  • Customizable Continuous Delivery Pipelines
  • Customizable Stages, Parallel Execution and Control Flow Switches

"Simple deployments" is the top reason why over 214 developers like Codeship, while over 19 developers mention "Easy setup" as the leading cause for choosing Semaphore.

Sellsuki, Movielala, and BrightMachine are some of the popular companies that use Codeship, whereas Semaphore is used by CrowdFlower, Lost My Name, and GrowthHackers. Codeship has a broader approval, being mentioned in 278 company stacks & 82 developers stacks; compared to Semaphore, which is listed in 40 company stacks and 17 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 Semaphore?

Semaphore is the fastest continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) platform on the market, powering the world’s best engineering teams.
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    What are some alternatives to Codeship and Semaphore?
    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.
    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 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.
    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.
    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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    Decisions about Codeship and Semaphore

    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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    Sebastian Dellwig
    Sebastian Dellwig
    Tech Lead at Porsche Digital GmbH · | 6 upvotes · 65K views
    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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    Reviews of Codeship and Semaphore
    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.


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


    • 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.

    How developers use Codeship and Semaphore
    Avatar of Andrew Gatenby
    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.

    Avatar of RentChek
    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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    danlangford uses SemaphoreSemaphore

    The Bitbucket integration with branch whitelists allows you to conserve your 100 builds this month.

    Avatar of Riderman De Sousa Barbosa
    Riderman De Sousa Barbosa uses SemaphoreSemaphore

    CI and Deploy (Ionic Viewer and Heroku)

    master -> Deploy develop -> CI

    Avatar of Kim Do Hyeon
    Kim Do Hyeon uses CodeshipCodeship

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

    Avatar of azawisza
    azawisza uses CodeshipCodeship

    build center and continous deployment for all services

    Avatar of Grubster
    Grubster uses CodeshipCodeship

    A QA tool that runs the platform's automated tests

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