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Confluence vs GitLab: What are the differences?

Confluence: One place to share, find, and collaborate on information. Capture the knowledge that's too often lost in email inboxes and shared network drives in Confluence instead – where it's easy to find, use, and update; 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.

Confluence belongs to "Project Management" category of the tech stack, while GitLab can be primarily classified under "Code Collaboration & Version Control".

Some of the features offered by Confluence are:

  • Spaces
  • Pages
  • Editor

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

"Wiki search power" is the top reason why over 88 developers like Confluence, while over 451 developers mention "Self hosted" as the leading cause for choosing GitLab.

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 1234 company stacks & 1479 developers stacks; compared to Confluence, which is listed in 1172 company stacks and 655 developer stacks.

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What is Confluence?

Capture the knowledge that's too often lost in email inboxes and shared network drives in Confluence instead – where it's easy to find, use, and update.

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 Confluence and GitLab?
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    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 Confluence and GitLab
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    Giovanni Candido da Silva uses ConfluenceConfluence

    All ideas and knowledge that needs to be elaborated or shared is done in this wiki. With plugins for create embedded prototypes.

    Also is part of the development processes to create requisites and other artefacts.

    It's main use is in the development processes, it could be used to create manuals and software documentation as well, but is used more as a collaboration enterprise tool.

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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.

    Avatar of DigitalPermits
    DigitalPermits uses ConfluenceConfluence

    All of our (Engineering) knowledge is in Confluence. We document our thinking, our architecture, support recipes, trip notes, anything and everything. It's very important in a remote setting, to be have this type of knowledge store.

    Avatar of Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
    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.

    Avatar of HyVive
    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.

    Avatar of Refractal
    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.

    Avatar of yaswanthgoud3235
    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

    Avatar of MOKA Analytics
    MOKA Analytics uses ConfluenceConfluence

    We use Confluence for specifications and knowledge sharing. We chose Confluence over other wikis primarily because of its integration with JIRA

    Avatar of Tim De Lange
    Tim De Lange uses ConfluenceConfluence

    Collaborate on project documentation, functional specs, walkthroughs, development standards, coding standards etc.

    Avatar of Promethean TV
    Promethean TV uses ConfluenceConfluence

    PrometheanTV utilizes Confluence to interface with and manage external consulting projects.

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