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Gitea vs GitLab: What are the differences?

Gitea and GitLab are web-based platforms for hosting and managing Git repositories. Gitea is a lightweight, self-hosted solution that provides a simple and easy-to-use interface for managing code repositories. GitLab, on the other hand, is a feature-rich, enterprise-grade platform that offers a wide range of collaboration and development tools along with Git repository management. Here are the key differences between Gitea and GitLab:

  1. Scope and Complexity: Gitea is a lightweight and minimalistic Git platform that focuses on providing essential repository management features. It is designed to be easy to install and use, making it suitable for small to medium-sized projects and individual developers. On the other hand, GitLab is a more comprehensive platform that offers a wider range of features beyond repository management, including issue tracking, continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD), and project management tools. GitLab is well-suited for larger teams and complex projects that require a more extensive set of collaboration and automation features.

  2. User Interface and Customization: Gitea has a clean and intuitive user interface with a straightforward navigation structure. It emphasizes simplicity and ease of use, allowing users to quickly access and manage their repositories. GitLab, while also offering a user-friendly interface, provides a more feature-rich experience with additional functionality. It offers a customizable dashboard, advanced project management capabilities, and the ability to create custom workflows using its built-in CI/CD pipelines. GitLab allows for greater customization and tailoring to specific team requirements.

  3. Extensibility and Integration: Gitea has a limited number of built-in features but provides support for third-party integrations through its plugin system. It allows users to extend the platform's functionality by integrating with external services and tools. GitLab, on the other hand, offers a wide range of built-in features and integrations, including issue tracking, code review, container registry, and project management tools. GitLab has a comprehensive API and supports integration with popular third-party services like JIRA, Slack, and Kubernetes. It provides a more integrated and unified experience for managing the entire software development lifecycle.

  4. Scalability and Deployment Options: Gitea is designed to be lightweight and resource-efficient, making it suitable for small-scale deployments. It can be deployed on a single server or even on low-power devices. GitLab, on the other hand, is more scalable and offers options for high-availability and distributed deployments. It can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud, and GitLab provides options for managing large-scale instances, including clustering and geo-replication for improved performance and redundancy.

  5. Community and Support: Both Gitea and GitLab have active communities and provide support through documentation, forums, and community-driven contributions. However, GitLab has a larger and more established community due to its wider adoption and comprehensive feature set. GitLab also offers commercial support options and enterprise-grade features for organizations that require additional support and security features.

In summary, Gitea is a lightweight and user-friendly Git platform suitable for small to medium-sized projects, while GitLab offers a more comprehensive set of features and scalability options for larger teams and complex projects. Gitea focuses on simplicity and ease of use, while GitLab provides a robust platform with built-in features for issue tracking, CI/CD, and project management.

Decisions about Gitea and GitLab
Phillip Manwaring
Developer at Coach Align · | 17 upvotes · 357K views

Both of us are far more familiar with GitHub than Gitlab, and so for our first big project together decided to go with what we know here instead of figuring out something new (there are so many new things we need to figure out, might as well reduce the number of optionally new things, lol). We aren't currently taking advantage of GitHub Actions or very many other built-in features (besides Dependabot) but luckily it integrates very well with the other services we're using.

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Elmar Wouters
CEO, Managing Director at Wouters Media · | 7 upvotes · 519.5K views

I first used BitBucket because it had private repo's, and it didn't disappoint me. Also with the smooth integration of Jira, the decision to use BitBucket as a full application maintenance service was as easy as 1, 2, 3.

I honestly love BitBucket, by the looks, by the UI, and the smooth integration with Tower.

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Weverton Timoteo

Do you review your Pull/Merge Request before assigning Reviewers?

If you work in a team opening a Pull Request (or Merge Request) looks appropriate. However, have you ever thought about opening a Pull/Merge Request when working by yourself? Here's a checklist of things you can review in your own:

  • Pick the correct target branch
  • Make Drafts explicit
  • Name things properly
  • Ask help for tools
  • Remove the noise
  • Fetch necessary data
  • Understand Mergeability
  • Pass the message
  • Add screenshots
  • Be found in the future
  • Comment inline in your changes

Read the blog post for more detailed explanation for each item :D

What else do you review before asking for code review?

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Weverton Timoteo

Using an inclusive language is crucial for fostering a diverse culture. Git has changed the naming conventions to be more language-inclusive, and so you should change. Our development tools, like GitHub and GitLab, already supports the change.

SourceLevel deals very nicely with repositories that changed the master branch to a more appropriate word. Besides, you can use the grep linter the look for exclusive terms contained in the source code.

As the inclusive language gap may happen in other aspects of our lives, have you already thought about them?

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Weverton Timoteo

One of the magic tricks git performs is the ability to rewrite log history. You can do it in many ways, but git rebase -i is the one I most use. With this command, It’s possible to switch commits order, remove a commit, squash two or more commits, or edit, for instance.

It’s particularly useful to run it before opening a pull request. It allows developers to “clean up” the mess and organize commits before submitting to review. If you follow the practice 3 and 4, then the list of commits should look very similar to a task list. It should reveal the rationale you had, telling the story of how you end up with that final code.

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Kamaleshwar BN
Senior Software Engineer at Pulley · | 8 upvotes · 673K views

Out of most of the VCS solutions out there, we found Gitlab was the most feature complete with a free community edition. Their DevSecops offering is also a very robust solution. Gitlab CI/CD was quite easy to setup and the direct integration with your VCS + CI/CD is also a bonus. Out of the box integration with major cloud providers, alerting through instant messages etc. are all extremely convenient. We push our CI/CD updates to MS Teams.

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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!

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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.

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Pros of Gitea
Pros of GitLab
  • 23
    Self-hosted
  • 16
    Lightweight
  • 15
    Free
  • 12
    Simple
  • 9
    Easy Setup
  • 9
    Multiple code maintainers
  • 6
    Pull requests and code reviews
  • 5
    Import existing git repositories
  • 5
    Squash and Merge is supported
  • 5
    Written in Go
  • 4
    Nice gui
  • 3
    Run in Raspberry Pi
  • 2
    Community-fork of Gogs
  • 2
    LDAP Support
  • 1
    Richable Packages
  • 1
    Gitea Actions(Github compatible)
  • 508
    Self hosted
  • 431
    Free
  • 339
    Has community edition
  • 242
    Easy setup
  • 240
    Familiar interface
  • 137
    Includes many features, including ci
  • 113
    Nice UI
  • 84
    Good integration with gitlabci
  • 57
    Simple setup
  • 35
    Has an official mobile app
  • 34
    Free private repository
  • 31
    Continuous Integration
  • 23
    Open source, great ui (like github)
  • 18
    Slack Integration
  • 15
    Full CI flow
  • 11
    Free and unlimited private git repos
  • 10
    All in one (Git, CI, Agile..)
  • 10
    User, group, and project access management is simple
  • 8
    Intuitive UI
  • 8
    Built-in CI
  • 6
    Full DevOps suite with Git
  • 6
    Both public and private Repositories
  • 5
    Integrated Docker Registry
  • 5
    So easy to use
  • 5
    CI
  • 5
    Build/pipeline definition alongside code
  • 5
    It's powerful source code management tool
  • 4
    Dockerized
  • 4
    It's fully integrated
  • 4
    On-premises
  • 4
    Security and Stable
  • 4
    Unlimited free repos & collaborators
  • 4
    Not Microsoft Owned
  • 4
    Excellent
  • 4
    Issue system
  • 4
    Mattermost Chat client
  • 3
    Great for team collaboration
  • 3
    Free private repos
  • 3
    Because is the best remote host for git repositories
  • 3
    Built-in Docker Registry
  • 3
    Opensource
  • 3
    Low maintenance cost due omnibus-deployment
  • 3
    I like the its runners and executors feature
  • 2
    Beautiful
  • 2
    Groups of groups
  • 2
    Multilingual interface
  • 2
    Powerful software planning and maintaining tools
  • 2
    Review Apps feature
  • 2
    Kubernetes integration with GitLab CI
  • 2
    One-click install through DigitalOcean
  • 2
    Powerful Continuous Integration System
  • 2
    It includes everything I need, all packaged with docker
  • 2
    The dashboard with deployed environments
  • 2
    HipChat intergration
  • 2
    Many private repo
  • 2
    Kubernetes Integration
  • 2
    Published IP list for whitelisting (gl-infra#434)
  • 2
    Wounderful
  • 2
    Native CI
  • 1
    Supports Radius/Ldap & Browser Code Edits

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Cons of Gitea
Cons of GitLab
  • 3
    Community-fork of Gogs
  • 0
    Easy Windows authentication is not supported
  • 28
    Slow ui performance
  • 9
    Introduce breaking bugs every release
  • 6
    Insecure (no published IP list for whitelisting)
  • 2
    Built-in Docker Registry
  • 1
    Review Apps feature

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What is Gitea?

Git with a cup of tea! Painless self-hosted all-in-one software development service, including Git hosting, code review, team collaboration, package registry and CI/CD. It published under the MIT license.

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 Gitea and GitLab?
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.
Phabricator
Phabricator is a collection of open source web applications that help software companies build better software.
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
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.
GitBucket
GitBucket provides a Github-like UI and features such as Git repository hosting via HTTP and SSH, repository viewer, issues, wiki and pull request.
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