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GitLab vs Phabricator: What are the differences?

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; Phabricator: Open Source, Software Development Platform. Phabricator is a collection of open source web applications that help software companies build better software.

GitLab and Phabricator are primarily classified as "Code Collaboration & Version Control" and "Code Review" tools respectively.

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, Phabricator provides the following key features:

  • reviewing code before it hits master
  • auditing code after it hits master
  • hosting Git/Hg/SVN repositories

"Self hosted" is the primary reason why developers consider GitLab over the competitors, whereas "Open Source" was stated as the key factor in picking Phabricator.

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.

According to the StackShare community, GitLab has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1219 company stacks & 1431 developers stacks; compared to Phabricator, which is listed in 51 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.

Decisions about GitLab and Phabricator
Elmar Wouters
CEO, Managing Director at Wouters Media | 7 upvotes 路 114.4K 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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Pros of GitLab
Pros of Phabricator
  • 487
    Self hosted
  • 416
    Free
  • 331
    Has community edition
  • 234
    Easy setup
  • 234
    Familiar interface
  • 129
    Includes many features, including ci
  • 105
    Nice UI
  • 79
    Good integration with gitlabci
  • 52
    Simple setup
  • 32
    Has an official mobile app
  • 30
    Free private repository
  • 24
    Continuous Integration
  • 16
    Open source, great ui (like github)
  • 14
    Slack Integration
  • 9
    Full CI flow
  • 8
    Free and unlimited private git repos
  • 8
    User, group, and project access management is simple
  • 7
    Intuitive UI
  • 7
    All in one (Git, CI, Agile..)
  • 6
    Built-in CI
  • 4
    Both public and private Repositories
  • 3
    Mattermost Chat client
  • 3
    Integrated Docker Registry
  • 2
    It's fully integrated
  • 2
    Unlimited free repos & collaborators
  • 2
    I like the its runners and executors feature
  • 2
    CI
  • 2
    So easy to use
  • 2
    One-click install through DigitalOcean
  • 2
    It's powerful source code management tool
  • 2
    Excellent
  • 2
    Build/pipeline definition alongside code
  • 2
    Security and Stable
  • 2
    Issue system
  • 2
    Free private repos
  • 2
    Low maintenance cost due omnibus-deployment
  • 2
    On-premises
  • 1
    Powerful Continuous Integration System
  • 1
    Powerful software planning and maintaining tools
  • 1
    Groups of groups
  • 1
    Kubernetes integration with GitLab CI
  • 1
    Review Apps feature
  • 1
    Built-in Docker Registry
  • 1
    Dockerized
  • 1
    Beautiful
  • 1
    Wounderful
  • 1
    Opensource
  • 1
    Because is the best remote host for git repositories
  • 1
    Not Microsoft Owned
  • 1
    Full DevOps suite with Git
  • 1
    Many private repo
  • 1
    Native CI
  • 1
    HipChat intergration
  • 1
    Kubernetes Integration
  • 1
    Published IP list for whitelisting (gl-infra#434)
  • 1
    Great for team collaboration
  • 1
    It includes everything I need, all packaged with docker
  • 1
    Multilingual interface
  • 1
    The dashboard with deployed environments
  • 0
    Supports Radius/Ldap & Browser Code Edits
  • 33
    Open Source
  • 28
    Code Review
  • 25
    Supports Git/Hg/SVN
  • 17
    Bug Tracking
  • 16
    Audit Source Code
  • 11
    Unlimited Repo Support
  • 10
    Super fast task creation
  • 10
    Software Engineering Platform
  • 9
    Flexible Project Management
  • 8
    Project Management
  • 5
    Self hosted
  • 4
    Building Better Software
  • 2
    Complete set for collaborating on software development
  • 2
    Best Integration with Gitlab
  • 1
    Workflow
  • 1
    Powerful, Complete, Fast, Reliable and Open Source
  • 1
    Very effective system, does all PM & code org needed
  • 1
    Straightforward code review process

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Cons of GitLab
Cons of Phabricator
  • 25
    Slow ui performance
  • 6
    Introduce breaking bugs every release
  • 5
    Insecure (no published IP list for whitelisting)
  • 0
    Built-in Docker Registry
  • 0
    Review Apps feature
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    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.

    What is Phabricator?

    Phabricator is a collection of open source web applications that help software companies build better software.

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    What are some alternatives to GitLab and Phabricator?
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Git
    Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.
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    Reviews of GitLab and Phabricator
    JavaScript Developer
    Review of
    GitLab

    You cannot get easier setup and deployment with GitLab. The documentation is huge and many common use cases are covered. It has a Community Edition (CE, free, 100% open source) and an Enterprise Edittion (EE, see pricing). The CE is more than good enough. Although in the entreprise world, the EE is much better suited if, for instance, LDAP is needed. There is a Web UI that allows people to version their work without too much hassle. If you are a developer and have worked with git before this is really easy.

    How developers use GitLab and Phabricator
    Eldoria uses
    GitLab

    Als einer der gr枚脽ten Konkurrenten zu GitHub und BitBucket, stellt GitLab eine verl盲ssliche Alternative dar. Als private GitLab Instanz oder als Service bietet GitLab alle Features die wir ben枚tigen und das v枚llig Kostenfrei in der Community Edition. Hier liegen alle unsere Repositories.

    Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschr盲nkt) uses
    GitLab

    Gitlab offers us a self-hosted replacement for Github and even more than we were expecting from it. All of our code is hosted in our private GitLab-instance, that also hosts our artifacts and is used to deploy them into production.

    Refractal uses
    GitLab

    GitLab is our main Git server, housed on a separate box inside our VPN, it's diverse features and sandbox-support allows it to be an extremely good way to secure your source code.

    Trusted Shops GmbH uses
    GitLab

    On Gitlab we host all of our private repositories. We have highly integrated it with other tools like JIRA and Sonar Qube to increase the Code Quality.

    yaswanthgoud3235 uses
    GitLab

    GitLab is a web-based Git repository manager with wiki and issue tracking features, using an open source license, developed by GitLab Inc. The software

    Wellzesta uses
    Phabricator

    Wiki, feature backlog.