GitLab vs Sourcegraph: What are the differences?
Developers describe GitLab as "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. On the other hand, Sourcegraph is detailed as "Code search and code intelligence for you and your team". Sourcegraph is a code search engine that lets you search across hundreds of thousands of libraries and browse code in the same way you can do in a great IDE. Search for a function, see live examples of how it’s used by other repositories, and jump to the definition of other code around it—even if the definition is in a completely different repository.
GitLab and Sourcegraph are primarily classified as "Code Collaboration & Version Control" and "Code Search" 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, Sourcegraph provides the following key features:
- Search open source and private code repositories by function or package
- find usage examples
- jump to definition
"Self hosted" is the top reason why over 451 developers like GitLab, while over 3 developers mention "Understand the connections between code components" as the leading cause for choosing Sourcegraph.
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.
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