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Decisions about GitLab CI, Jenkins, and Travis CI
Kirill Mikhailov

Jenkins is a friend of mine. 馃榾

There are not much space for Jenkins competitors for now from my point of view. With declarative pipelines now in place, its super easy to maintain them and create new ones(altho I prefer scripted still). Self-hosted, free, huge community makes it the top choice so honestly for me it was an easy pick.

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When choosing a tool to help automate our CI/CD, the decision came down to GitHub Actions (GA) or TravisCI. Both are great, but the team has more experience with GA. Given GAs broad support of languages and workflows, it's hard to go wrong with this decision. We will also be using GitHub for version control and project management, so having everything in one place is convenient.

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Stephen Badger | Vital Beats
Senior DevOps Engineer at Vital Beats | 2 upvotes 路 41K views

Within our deployment pipeline, we have a need to deploy to multiple customer environments, and manage secrets specifically in a way that integrates well with AWS, Kubernetes Secrets, Terraform and our pipelines ourselves.

Jenkins offered us the ability to choose one of a number of credentials/secrets management approaches, and models secrets as a more dynamic concept that GitHub Actions provided.

Additionally, we are operating Jenkins within our development Kubernetes cluster as a kind of system-wide orchestrator, allowing us to use Kubernetes pods as build agents, avoiding the ongoing direct costs associated with GitHub Actions minutes / per-user pricing. Obviously as a consequence we take on the indirect costs of maintain Jenkins itself, patching it, upgrading etc. However our experience with managing Jenkins via Kubernetes and declarative Jenkins configuration has led us to believe that this cost is small, particularly as the majority of actual building and testing is handled inside docker containers and Kubernetes, alleviating the need for less supported plugins that may make Jenkins administration more difficult.

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Pros of GitLab CI
Pros of Jenkins
Pros of Travis CI
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    Robust CI with awesome Docker support
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    Simple configuration
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    All in one solution
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    Source Control and CI in one place
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    Integrated with VCS on commit
  • 5
    Easy to configure own build server i.e. GitLab-Runner
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    Free and open source
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    Hosted internally
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    Built-in support of Kubernetes
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    Enable or disable pipeline by using env variables
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    Gitlab templates could be shared across logical group
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    Built-in Docker Registry
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    Easy to setup the dedicated runner to particular job
  • 1
    Pipeline could be started manually
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    Built-in support of Review Apps
  • 520
    Hosted internally
  • 463
    Free open source
  • 313
    Great to build, deploy or launch anything async
  • 243
    Tons of integrations
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    Rich set of plugins with good documentation
  • 108
    Has support for build pipelines
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    Open source and tons of integrations
  • 63
    Easy setup
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    It is open-source
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    Workflow plugin
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    Configuration as code
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    Very powerful tool
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    Many Plugins
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    Git and Maven integration is better
  • 8
    Great flexibility
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    Continuous Integration
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    Slack Integration (plugin)
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    Github integration
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    Easy customisation
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    Self-hosted GitLab Integration (plugin)
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    100% free and open source
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    Docker support
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    Excellent docker integration
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    Fast builds
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    Platform idnependency
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    Pipeline API
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    Customizable
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    Can be run as a Docker container
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    It`w worked
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    Hosted Externally
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    AWS Integration
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    JOBDSL
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    It's Everywhere
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    NodeJS Support
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    PHP Support
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    Ruby/Rails Support
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    Universal controller
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    Easily extendable with seamless integration
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    Build PR Branch Only
  • 507
    Github integration
  • 388
    Free for open source
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    Easy to get started
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    Nice interface
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    Automatic deployment
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    Tutorials for each programming language
  • 39
    Friendly folks
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    Support for multiple ruby versions
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    Osx support
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    Easy handling of secret keys
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    Fast builds
  • 4
    Support for students
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    The best tool for Open Source CI
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    Hosted
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    Build Matrices
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    Straightforward Github/Coveralls integration
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    Easy of Usage
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    Github Pull Request build
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    Integrates with everything
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    Docker support
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    Configuration saved with project repository
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    Free for students
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    Build matrix
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    No-brainer for CI
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    Debug build workflow
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    Great Documentation
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    Multi-threaded run
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    Hipchat Integration
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    Caching resolved artifacts
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    Ubuntu trusty is not supported
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    Perfect
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Cons of GitLab CI
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      Workarounds needed for basic requirements
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      Groovy with cumbersome syntax
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      Plugins compatibility issues
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      Limited abilities with declarative pipelines
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      Lack of support
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      No YAML syntax
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      Too tied to plugins versions
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      Can't be hosted insternally
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      Unstable
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      Incomplete documentation for all platforms
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      Feature lacking

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    What is GitLab CI?

    GitLab offers a continuous integration service. If you add a .gitlab-ci.yml file to the root directory of your repository, and configure your GitLab project to use a Runner, then each merge request or push triggers your CI pipeline.

    What is Jenkins?

    In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.

    What is Travis CI?

    Free for open source projects, our CI environment provides multiple runtimes (e.g. Node.js or PHP versions), data stores and so on. Because of this, hosting your project on travis-ci.com means you can effortlessly test your library or applications against multiple runtimes and data stores without even having all of them installed locally.

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