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Confluence vs Redmine: What are the differences?

Developers describe Confluence as "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. On the other hand, Redmine is detailed as "A flexible project management web application written using Ruby on Rails framework". Redmine is a flexible project management web application. Written using the Ruby on Rails framework, it is cross-platform and cross-database.

Confluence and Redmine can be categorized as "Project Management" tools.

Some of the features offered by Confluence are:

  • Spaces
  • Pages
  • Editor

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

  • Multiple projects support
  • Flexible role based access control
  • Flexible issue tracking system

"Wiki search power" is the primary reason why developers consider Confluence over the competitors, whereas "Open source" was stated as the key factor in picking Redmine.

Redmine is an open source tool with 3.41K GitHub stars and 1.86K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Redmine's open source repository on GitHub.

Facebook, Netflix, and Lyft are some of the popular companies that use Confluence, whereas Redmine is used by Weebly, WebbyLab, and Coach United. Confluence has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1172 company stacks & 654 developers stacks; compared to Redmine, which is listed in 72 company stacks and 34 developer stacks.

Decisions about Confluence and Redmine
Kirill Mikhailov

Since now Jira is offering pretty wide free plans, it can compete with asana at small teams. And they have a significant advantage especially if you're working in agile methodology. Confluence is also a big advantage, and also comes with a free plan, so it's a pretty big thing. But we had also talked about asana and used to work with it before a lot, but we chose to go with Jira, and it's pretty good for now.

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