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.
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