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