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Gitblit vs GitLab: What are the differences?

What is Gitblit? Pure Java Git solution for managing, viewing, and serving Git repositories. Gitblit is an open source, pure Java Git solution for managing, viewing, and serving Git repositories. It can serve repositories over the GIT, HTTP, and SSH transports; it can authenticate against multiple providers; and it allows you to get up-and-running with an attractive, capable Git server in less than 5 minutes.

What is 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.

Gitblit and GitLab can be primarily classified as "Code Collaboration & Version Control" tools.

Gitblit and GitLab are both open source tools. GitLab with 20.1K GitHub stars and 5.33K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Gitblit with 1.62K GitHub stars and 585 GitHub forks.

What is Gitblit?

Gitblit is an open source, pure Java Git solution for managing, viewing, and serving Git repositories. It can serve repositories over the GIT, HTTP, and SSH transports; it can authenticate against multiple providers; and it allows you to get up-and-running with an attractive, capable Git server in less than 5 minutes.

What is GitLab?

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.
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What are some alternatives to Gitblit and GitLab?
GitHub
GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over three million people use GitHub to build amazing things together.
Gitolite
Gitolite allows you to setup git hosting on a central server, with fine-grained access control and many more powerful features. Gitolite is an access control layer on top of git.
Gogs
The goal of this project is to make the easiest, fastest and most painless way to set up a self-hosted Git service. With Go, this can be done in independent binary distribution across ALL platforms that Go supports, including Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.
Bitbucket
Bitbucket gives teams one place to plan projects, collaborate on code, test and deploy, all with free private Git repositories. Teams choose Bitbucket because it has a superior Jira integration, built-in CI/CD, & is free for up to 5 users.
GitHub Enterprise
GitHub Enterprise lets developers use the tools they love across the development process with support for popular IDEs, continuous integration tools, and hundreds of third party apps and services.
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Decisions about Gitblit and GitLab
Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly
Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 14 upvotes · 234.6K views
atACK FoundryACK Foundry
GitLab
GitLab
GitHub
GitHub
GitLab CI
GitLab CI
GitLab Pages
GitLab Pages
Bitbucket
Bitbucket
#OpenSourceCloud

I use GitLab when building side-projects and MVPs. The interface and interactions are close enough to those of GitHub to prevent cognitive switching costs between professional and personal projects hosted on different services.

GitLab also provides a suite of tools including issue/project management, CI/CD with GitLab CI, and validation/landing pages with GitLab Pages. With everything in one place, on an #OpenSourceCloud GitLab makes it easy for me to manage much larger projects on my own, than would be possible with other solutions or tools.

It's petty I know, but I can also read the GitLab code diffs far more easily than diffs on GitHub or Bitbucket...they just look better in my opinion.

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Tim Abbott
Tim Abbott
Founder at Zulip · | 19 upvotes · 202K views
atZulipZulip
GitHub
GitHub
GitLab
GitLab

I have mixed feelings on GitHub as a product and our use of it for the Zulip open source project. On the one hand, I do feel that being on GitHub helps people discover Zulip, because we have enough stars (etc.) that we rank highly among projects on the platform. and there is a definite benefit for lowering barriers to contribution (which is important to us) that GitHub has such a dominant position in terms of what everyone has accounts with.

But even ignoring how one might feel about their new corporate owner (MicroSoft), in a lot of ways GitHub is a bad product for open source projects. Years after the "Dear GitHub" letter, there are still basic gaps in its issue tracker:

  • You can't give someone permission to label/categorize issues without full write access to a project (including ability to merge things to master, post releases, etc.).
  • You can't let anyone with a GitHub account self-assign issues to themselves.
  • Many more similar issues.

It's embarrassing, because I've talked to GitHub product managers at various open source events about these things for 3 years, and they always agree the thing is important, but then nothing ever improves in the Issues product. Maybe the new management at MicroSoft will fix their product management situation, but if not, I imagine we'll eventually do the migration to GitLab.

We have a custom bot project, http://github.com/zulip/zulipbot, to deal with some of these issues where possible, and every other large project we talk to does the same thing, more or less.

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Bitbucket
Bitbucket
GitLab
GitLab
GitHub
GitHub

Bitbucket provides 5 private repositories for free that is I believe the best feature. GitLab seems very simmilar to GitHub. The only reason I've choosen GitHub is its popularity. It seems faster than GitLab, uglier than Bitbucket and featured as others. The best open source projects are hosted on GitHub. Many applications are integrated with GitHub like my favourite #GitKraken.

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Jaime Leonardo Suncin Cruz
Jaime Leonardo Suncin Cruz
GitHub
GitHub
GitLab
GitLab

Keep with GitHub if you feel comfortable, If you want to switch to other keep in mind the change of mindset and you will need time to adapt, i'm not saying that GitLab is bad or difficult just the opposite, but it can be overwhelming because it have more integrated features (I love this) than GitHub , what it means more configs available that you can mess up.

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Jona Koudijs
Jona Koudijs
Infrastructure Engineer at True · | 5 upvotes · 3.7K views
GitLab
GitLab

I use GitLab because of the tight integration with Gitlab CI. I noticed that having the entire build chain integrated into one platform, makes it easier for developers and infrastructure engineers to work with automated testing and deploying even though not everybody has the same amount of experience with it.

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Logan Campos
Logan Campos
Computer Programmer at cryptosec.dev · | 10 upvotes · 44.3K views
GitLab
GitLab
GitHub
GitHub

As an former administrator for GitLab enterprise I can say for closed source development it is an amazing tool to have. It does however have limits. For starters you will need to bother your unix administrators to assign a license to you. And after that happens the same guys start getting cranky if you use git LFS(Large File Storage) or manage a couple repos about ~100MBish. if you fork open source efforts remember to git clone --depth 1 ! As a free user of GitHub , I don't get crazy CI pipelines or crazy project management tools. I also don't need it !

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Russtopia Labs
Russtopia Labs
Sr. Doodad Imagineer at Russtopia Labs · | 3 upvotes · 38.3K views
Gogs
Gogs
GitHub
GitHub
Go
Go
GitLab
GitLab

I installed Gogs after a few repos I planned to use on GitHub disappeared without explanation, and after Microsoft's acquisition of same, it made me think about the over-centralization of community-developed software. A self-hosted solution that enables easy point-and-click mirroring of important repositories for my projects, both in-house and 3rd-party, ensures I won't be bitten by upstream catastrophes. (So far, Microsoft's stewardship has been fine, but always be prepared). It's also a very nice way to host one's own private repos before they're ready for prime-time on github.

Gogs is written in Go and is easy to install and configure, much more so than GitLab. The only major feature I wish it had is an integrated code review tool.

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Daniel Quinn
Daniel Quinn
Senior Developer at Workfinder · | 6 upvotes · 7.5K views
atThe Paperless ProjectThe Paperless Project
GitHub
GitHub
GitLab
GitLab

We use GitHub because it's the default go-to place for the Free software community. Currently, Github is enjoying the network effect: you write code there because everyone writes there code there, so this choice was less of a choice than "what we all end up doing".

Personally, I prefer GitLab for its bundled-in tools like CI, boards, packaging, and Docker repo, but so long as the vast majority of talented nerds out there are on Github, that's where Paperless will be.

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GitHub
GitHub
Bitbucket
Bitbucket
GitLab
GitLab

I use GitHub because it's the coolest kid on the block for open source. Searching for repos you need/want is easy.

Especially with the apache foundation moving their workloads to them, unlimited private repos, and a package registry on the way, they are becoming the one stop shop for open source needs.

I'm curious to see how the GitHub Sponsors(patreon for developers) plays out, and what it'll do for open source. Hopefully, they design it in a way where it's not abused by big tech to "plant" developers that look like they're building open source when they're actually building proprietary tools.

Bitbucket GitLab

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Tom Klein
Tom Klein
CEO at Gentlent · | 9 upvotes · 86.7K views
atGentlentGentlent
Git
Git
GitHub
GitHub
GitLab
GitLab
Docker
Docker
Kubernetes
Kubernetes
HAProxy
HAProxy
Varnish
Varnish
npm
npm
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

We're using Git through GitHub for public repositories and GitLab for our private repositories due to its easy to use features. Docker and Kubernetes are a must have for our highly scalable infrastructure complimented by HAProxy with Varnish in front of it. We are usin