GitLab vs Gitolite: What are the differences?
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.
What is Gitolite? Setup git hosting on a central server, with fine-grained access control. 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.
GitLab and Gitolite can be categorized as "Code Collaboration & Version Control" tools.
Some of the features offered by GitLab are:
- 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
On the other hand, Gitolite provides the following key features:
- Use a single unix user ("real" user) on the server.
- Provide access to many gitolite users: they are not "real" users, so they do not get shell access.
- Control access to many git repositories: read access controlled at the repo level, and write access controlled at the branch/tag/file/directory level, including who can rewind, create, and delete branches/tags.
"Self hosted" is the top reason why over 451 developers like GitLab, while over 4 developers mention "Easy setup" as the leading cause for choosing Gitolite.
GitLab and Gitolite are both open source tools. GitLab with 20.1K GitHub stars and 5.33K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Gitolite with 7.45K GitHub stars and 961 GitHub forks.
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