Gerrit Code Review vs GitLab: What are the differences?
Gerrit Code Review: OpenSource Git Code Review Tool. Gerrit is a self-hosted pre-commit code review tool. It serves as a Git hosting server with option to comment incoming changes. It is highly configurable and extensible with default guarding policies, webhooks, project access control and more; 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.
Gerrit Code Review and GitLab are primarily classified as "Code Review" and "Code Collaboration & Version Control" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by Gerrit Code Review are:
- git repository hosting
- pre-commit code review
- commenting on diffs
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
"Cleaner repository story" is the primary reason why developers consider Gerrit Code Review over the competitors, whereas "Self hosted" was stated as the key factor in picking 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.
Coderus, Webedia, and Ticketmaster are some of the popular companies that use GitLab, whereas Gerrit Code Review is used by Citrix, Midokura, and Wonga.com. GitLab has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1219 company stacks & 1431 developers stacks; compared to Gerrit Code Review, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.
Gitlab as A LOT of features that GitHub and Azure DevOps are missing. Even if both GH and Azure are backed by Microsoft, GitLab being open source has a faster upgrade rate and the hosted by gitlab.com solution seems more appealing than anything else! Quick win: the UI is way better and the Pipeline is way easier to setup on GitLab!
At DeployPlace we use self-hosted GitLab, we have chosen GitLab as most of us are familiar with it. We are happy with all features GitLab provides, I can’t imagine our life without integrated GitLab CI. Another important feature for us is integrated code review tool, we use it every day, we use merge requests, code reviews, branching. To be honest, most of us have GitHub accounts as well, we like to contribute in open source, and we want to be a part of the tech community, but lack of solutions from GitHub in the area of CI doesn’t let us chose it for our projects.