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fastlane vs Greenhouse: What are the differences?

Developers describe fastlane 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. On the other hand, Greenhouse is detailed as "Simple and secure continuous integration for mobile apps". Greenhouse automatically builds your project for every commit you make and runs all your unit or UI tests on the emulator/simulator or on real hardware. Automatic build distribution is also supported so that your team and clients are always up to date with the latest state of your apps.

fastlane and Greenhouse belong to "Mobile Continuous Integration" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by fastlane are:

  • Connect all build tools together
  • Define multiple lanes for different needs
  • Jenkins Integration

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

  • Supports Android, iOS, Cordova & Ionic apps
  • Free for up to 2 public or private repositories
  • Android- Gradle projects, iOS- Xcode build system and Facebook xctool, with full CocoaPods & Carthage integration.

"Easy to use" is the top reason why over 17 developers like fastlane, while over 11 developers mention "Easy setup & usage" as the leading cause for choosing Greenhouse.

fastlane is an open source tool with 26K GitHub stars and 3.96K GitHub forks. Here's a link to fastlane's open source repository on GitHub.

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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.

What is Greenhouse?

Greenhouse automatically builds your project for every commit you make and runs all your unit or UI tests on the emulator/simulator or on real hardware. Automatic build distribution is also supported so that your team and clients are always up to date with the latest state of your apps.
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