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Fabric vs fastlane: What are the differences?

Developers describe Fabric as "Simple, Pythonic remote execution and deployment". Fabric is a Python (2.5-2.7) library and command-line tool for streamlining the use of SSH for application deployment or systems administration tasks It provides a basic suite of operations for executing local or remote shell commands (normally or via sudo) and uploading/downloading files, as well as auxiliary functionality such as prompting the running user for input, or aborting execution.. On the other hand, fastlane is detailed as "Connect all iOS deployment tools into one streamlined workflow". fastlane lets you define and run your deployment pipelines for different environments. It helps you unify your app’s release process and automate the whole process. fastlane connects all fastlane tools and third party tools, like CocoaPods.

Fabric belongs to "Server Configuration and Automation" category of the tech stack, while fastlane can be primarily classified under "Mobile Continuous Integration".

"Python" is the top reason why over 19 developers like Fabric, while over 17 developers mention "Easy to use" as the leading cause for choosing fastlane.

Fabric and fastlane are both open source tools. fastlane with 25.7K GitHub stars and 3.93K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Fabric with 11.4K GitHub stars and 1.72K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Fabric has a broader approval, being mentioned in 147 company stacks & 38 developers stacks; compared to fastlane, which is listed in 91 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.

What is Fabric?

Fabric is a Python (2.5-2.7) library and command-line tool for streamlining the use of SSH for application deployment or systems administration tasks. It provides a basic suite of operations for executing local or remote shell commands (normally or via sudo) and uploading/downloading files, as well as auxiliary functionality such as prompting the running user for input, or aborting execution.

What is fastlane?

fastlane lets you define and run your deployment pipelines for different environments. It helps you unify your app’s release process and automate the whole process. fastlane connects all fastlane tools and third party tools, like CocoaPods.

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Azure Service Fabric
Azure Service Fabric is a distributed systems platform that makes it easy to package, deploy, and manage scalable and reliable microservices. Service Fabric addresses the significant challenges in developing and managing cloud apps.
Ansible
Ansible is an IT automation tool. It can configure systems, deploy software, and orchestrate more advanced IT tasks such as continuous deployments or zero downtime rolling updates. Ansible’s goals are foremost those of simplicity and maximum ease of use.
Chef
Chef enables you to manage and scale cloud infrastructure with no downtime or interruptions. Freely move applications and configurations from one cloud to another. Chef is integrated with all major cloud providers including Amazon EC2, VMWare, IBM Smartcloud, Rackspace, OpenStack, Windows Azure, HP Cloud, Google Compute Engine, Joyent Cloud and others.
Capistrano
Capistrano is a remote server automation tool. It supports the scripting and execution of arbitrary tasks, and includes a set of sane-default deployment workflows.
Puppet Labs
Puppet is an automated administrative engine for your Linux, Unix, and Windows systems and performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification.
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Pēteris Caune uses FabricFabric

We use Fabric for automating deployment and maintenance tasks: bootstrapping and updating application servers (using the "rolling update" pattern), pulling logs from the servers, running manage.py maintenance commands.

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Flutter Health Inc. uses fastlanefastlane

Fastlane is a perfect tool for the build distributions. Its pretty simple settings allow composing the app builds just with one command. For Flutter it is set up for distributing Crashlytics and Test Flight builds.

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Alec Cunningham uses FabricFabric

Automate everything! I have fabfiles for testing, bootstrapping, deployment, and building. Easy to customize and its pure python.

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BrainFinance uses fastlanefastlane

iOS and Android Continuous Integration integrated with Jenkins.

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Undisclosed, Do Not Contact or Spam Please uses FabricFabric

App beta deployment and crash logging.

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Veggie Sailor uses FabricFabric

Almost everything ;) Deployment etc

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SHOUTca.st uses fastlanefastlane

Mass deploy of iOS apps

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InstaGIS uses FabricFabric

Command line deploys

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