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GitLab vs WebStorm: 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 WebStorm? The smartest JavaScript IDE. WebStorm is a lightweight and intelligent IDE for front-end development and server-side JavaScript.

GitLab belongs to "Code Collaboration & Version Control" category of the tech stack, while WebStorm can be primarily classified under "Integrated Development Environment".

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, WebStorm provides the following key features:

  • Coding assistance for JavaScript and TypeScript
  • Support for React and Angular
  • Built-in debugger for client-side JavaScript and Node.js

"Self hosted", "Free" and "Has community edition" are the key factors why developers consider GitLab; whereas "Intelligent ide ", "Smart development environment" and "Easy js debugging" are the primary reasons why WebStorm is favored.

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 1233 company stacks & 1475 developers stacks; compared to WebStorm, which is listed in 469 company stacks and 449 developer stacks.

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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 WebStorm?

WebStorm is a lightweight and intelligent IDE for front-end development and server-side JavaScript.
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    What are some alternatives to GitLab and WebStorm?
    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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    Decisions about GitLab and WebStorm
    Glenn 'devalias' Grant
    Glenn 'devalias' Grant
    Hack. Dev. Transcend. · | 5 upvotes · 25.4K views
    GitLab
    GitLab
    Git
    Git
    WebStorm
    WebStorm
    Amazon DynamoDB
    Amazon DynamoDB
    AWS CloudFormation
    AWS CloudFormation
    AWS Lambda
    AWS Lambda
    Go
    Go
    Bootstrap
    Bootstrap
    redux-saga
    redux-saga
    Redux
    Redux
    React
    React
    #JetBrains
    #Serverless

    Working on a project recently, wanted an easy modern frontend to work with, decoupled from our backend. To get things going quickly, decided to go with React, Redux.js, redux-saga, Bootstrap.

    On the backend side, Go is a personal favourite, and wanted to minimize server overheads so went with a #serverless architecture leveraging AWS Lambda, AWS CloudFormation, Amazon DynamoDB, etc.

    For IDE/tooling I tend to stick to the #JetBrains tools: WebStorm / Goland.

    Obviously using Git, with GitLab private repo's for managing code/issues/etc.

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    Tim Abbott
    Tim Abbott
    Founder at Zulip · | 16 upvotes · 137K views
    atZulipZulip
    GitLab
    GitLab
    GitHub
    GitHub

    I have mixed feelings on GitHub as a product and our use of it for the Zulip open source project. On the one hand, I do feel that being on GitHub helps people discover Zulip, because we have enough stars (etc.) that we rank highly among projects on the platform. and there is a definite benefit for lowering barriers to contribution (which is important to us) that GitHub has such a dominant position in terms of what everyone has accounts with.

    But even ignoring how one might feel about their new corporate owner (MicroSoft), in a lot of ways GitHub is a bad product for open source projects. Years after the "Dear GitHub" letter, there are still basic gaps in its issue tracker:

    • You can't give someone permission to label/categorize issues without full write access to a project (including ability to merge things to master, post releases, etc.).
    • You can't let anyone with a GitHub account self-assign issues to themselves.
    • Many more similar issues.

    It's embarrassing, because I've talked to GitHub product managers at various open source events about these things for 3 years, and they always agree the thing is important, but then nothing ever improves in the Issues product. Maybe the new management at MicroSoft will fix their product management situation, but if not, I imagine we'll eventually do the migration to GitLab.

    We have a custom bot project, http://github.com/zulip/zulipbot, to deal with some of these issues where possible, and every other large project we talk to does the same thing, more or less.

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    Russel Werner
    Russel Werner
    Lead Engineer at StackShare · | 7 upvotes · 37.8K views
    atStackShareStackShare
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    WebStorm
    WebStorm
    ESLint
    ESLint
    Prettier
    Prettier

    We use Prettier because when we rebooted our front-end stack, I decided that it would be an efficient use of our time to not worry about code formatting issues and personal preferences during peer review. Prettier eliminates this concern by auto-formatting our code to a deterministic output. We use it along with ESLint and have 1st-class support in our WebStorm and Visual Studio Code editors.

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    GitHub
    GitHub
    GitLab
    GitLab
    Bitbucket
    Bitbucket

    Bitbucket provides 5 private repositories for free that is I believe the best feature. GitLab seems very simmilar to GitHub. The only reason I've choosen GitHub is its popularity. It seems faster than GitLab, uglier than Bitbucket and featured as others. The best open source projects are hosted on GitHub. Many applications are integrated with GitHub like my favourite #GitKraken.

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    Jaime Leonardo Suncin Cruz
    Jaime Leonardo Suncin Cruz
    GitLab
    GitLab
    GitHub
    GitHub

    Keep with GitHub if you feel comfortable, If you want to switch to other keep in mind the change of mindset and you will need time to adapt, i'm not saying that GitLab is bad or difficult just the opposite, but it can be overwhelming because it have more integrated features (I love this) than GitHub , what it means more configs available that you can mess up.

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    Jona Koudijs
    Jona Koudijs
    Infrastructure Engineer at True · | 5 upvotes · 3.6K views
    GitLab
    GitLab

    I use GitLab because of the tight integration with Gitlab CI. I noticed that having the entire build chain integrated into one platform, makes it easier for developers and infrastructure engineers to work with automated testing and deploying even though not everybody has the same amount of experience with it.

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    Logan Campos
    Logan Campos
    Computer Programmer at cryptosec.dev · | 10 upvotes · 44.3K views
    GitHub
    GitHub
    GitLab
    GitLab

    As an former administrator for GitLab enterprise I can say for closed source development it is an amazing tool to have. It does however have limits. For starters you will need to bother your unix administrators to assign a license to you. And after that happens the same guys start getting cranky if you use git LFS(Large File Storage) or manage a couple repos about ~100MBish. if you fork open source efforts remember to git clone --depth 1 ! As a free user of GitHub , I don't get crazy CI pipelines or crazy project management tools. I also don't need it !

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    Russtopia Labs
    Russtopia Labs
    Sr. Doodad Imagineer at Russtopia Labs · | 3 upvotes · 26.5K views
    GitLab
    GitLab
    Go
    Go
    GitHub
    GitHub
    Gogs
    Gogs

    I installed Gogs after a few repos I planned to use on GitHub disappeared without explanation, and after Microsoft's acquisition of same, it made me think about the over-centralization of community-developed software. A self-hosted solution that enables easy point-and-click mirroring of important repositories for my projects, both in-house and 3rd-party, ensures I won't be bitten by upstream catastrophes. (So far, Microsoft's stewardship has been fine, but always be prepared). It's also a very nice way to host one's own private repos before they're ready for prime-time on github.

    Gogs is written in Go and is easy to install and configure, much more so than GitLab. The only major feature I wish it had is an integrated code review tool.

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    Daniel Quinn
    Daniel Quinn
    Senior Developer at Workfinder · | 6 upvotes · 7.4K views
    atThe Paperless ProjectThe Paperless Project
    GitLab
    GitLab
    GitHub
    GitHub

    We use GitHub because it's the default go-to place for the Free software community. Currently, Github is enjoying the network effect: you write code there because everyone writes there code there, so this choice was less of a choice than "what we all end up doing".

    Personally, I prefer GitLab for its bundled-in tools like CI, boards, packaging, and Docker repo, but so long as the vast majority of talented nerds out there are on Github, that's where Paperless will be.

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    GitLab
    GitLab
    Bitbucket
    Bitbucket
    GitHub
    GitHub

    I use GitHub because it's the coolest kid on the block for open source. Searching for repos you need/want is easy.

    Especially with the apache foundation moving their workloads to them, unlimited private repos, and a package registry on the way, they are becoming the one stop shop for open source needs.

    I'm curious to see how the GitHub Sponsors(patreon for developers) plays out, and what it'll do for open source. Hopefully, they design it in a way where it's not abused by big tech to "plant" developers that look like they're building open source when they're actually building proprietary tools.

    Bitbucket GitLab

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    Tom Klein
    Tom Klein
    CEO at Gentlent · | 9 upvotes · 34.2K views
    atGentlentGentlent
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    npm
    npm
    Varnish
    Varnish
    HAProxy
    HAProxy
    Kubernetes
    Kubernetes
    Docker
    Docker
    GitLab
    GitLab
    GitHub
    GitHub
    Git
    Git

    We're using Git through GitHub for public repositories and GitLab for our private repositories due to its easy to use features. Docker and Kubernetes are a must have for our highly scalable infrastructure complimented by HAProxy with Varnish in front of it. We are using a lot of npm and Visual Studio Code in our development sessions.

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    Bitbucket
    Bitbucket
    GitLab
    GitLab
    GitHub
    GitHub
    #Githubmarketplace

    A bit difference in GitHub and GitLab though both are Version Control repository management services which provides key component in the software development workflow. A decision of choosing GitHub over GitLab is major leap extension from code management, to deployment and monitoring alongside looking beyond the code base hosting provided best fitted tools for developer communities.

    • Authentication stages - With GitLab you can set and modify people‚Äôs permissions according to their role. In GitHub, you can decide if someone gets a read or write access to a repository.
    • Built-In Continuous Integrations - GitLab offers its very own CI for free. No need to use an external CI service. And if you are already used to an external CI, you can obviously integrate with Jenkins, etc whereas GitHub offers various 3rd party integrations ‚Äď such as Travis CI, CircleCI or Codeship ‚Äď for running and testing your code. However, there‚Äôs no built-in CI solution at the moment.
    • Import/Export Resources - GitLab offers detailed documentation on how to import your data from other vendors ‚Äď such as GitHub, Bitbucket to GitLab. GitHub, on the other hand, does not offer such detailed documentation for the most common git repositories. However, GitHub offers to use GitHub Importer if you have your source code in Subversion, Mercurial, TFS and others.

    Also when it comes to exporting data, GitLab seems to do a pretty solid job, offering you the ability to export your projects including the following data:

    • Wiki and project repositories
    • Project uploads
    • The configuration including webhooks and services
    • Issues with comments, merge requests with diffs and comments, labels, milestones, snippets, and other project entities.

    GitHub, on the other hand, seems to be more restrictive when it comes to export features of existing GitHub repositories. * Integrations - #githubmarketplace gives you an essence to have multiple and competitive integrations whereas you will find less in the GitLab.

    So go ahead with better understanding.

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    Tassanai Singprom
    Tassanai Singprom
    Web Developer · | 9 upvotes · 258.2K views
    Slack
    Slack
    BrowserStack
    BrowserStack
    Sentry
    Sentry
    Kibana
    Kibana
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    npm
    npm
    GitLab
    GitLab
    GitHub
    GitHub
    Git
    Git
    Elasticsearch
    Elasticsearch
    Postman
    Postman
    Google Analytics
    Google Analytics
    MariaDB
    MariaDB
    GraphQL
    GraphQL
    Amazon RDS
    Amazon RDS
    Lumen
    Lumen
    Laravel
    Laravel
    Firebase
    Firebase
    Vue.js
    Vue.js
    Sass
    Sass
    Ubuntu
    Ubuntu
    Amazon EC2
    Amazon EC2
    Redis
    Redis
    jQuery
    jQuery
    HTML5
    HTML5
    PHP
    PHP
    JavaScript
    JavaScript

    This is my stack in Application & Data

    JavaScript PHP HTML5 jQuery Redis Amazon EC2 Ubuntu Sass Vue.js Firebase Laravel Lumen Amazon RDS GraphQL MariaDB

    My Utilities Tools

    Google Analytics Postman Elasticsearch

    My Devops Tools

    Git GitHub GitLab npm Visual Studio Code Kibana Sentry BrowserStack

    My Business Tools

    Slack

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    Johnny Bell
    Johnny Bell
    Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 10 upvotes · 25.9K views
    atStackShareStackShare
    RubyMine
    RubyMine
    Ruby
    Ruby
    Prettier
    Prettier
    WebStorm
    WebStorm
    PhpStorm
    PhpStorm
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    #Help

    When I switched to Visual Studio Code 12 months ago from PhpStorm I was in love, it was great. However after using VS Code for a year, I see myself switching back and forth between WebStorm and VS Code. The VS Code plugins are great however I notice Prettier, auto importing of components and linking to the definitions often break, and I have to restart VS Code multiple times a week and sometimes a day.

    We use Ruby here so I do like that Visual Studio Code highlights that for me out of the box, with WebStorm I'd need to probably also install RubyMine and have 2 IDE's going at the same time.

    Should I stick with Visual Studio Code, or switch to something else? #help

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    Russel Werner
    Russel Werner
    Lead Engineer at StackShare · | 5 upvotes · 8.1K views
    atStackShareStackShare
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    RubyMine
    RubyMine
    WebStorm
    WebStorm

    I work at the same company as you and I use WebStorm for 99% of my tasks. I also have RubyMine installed and use that when I have to tweak some backend code. I tried using RubyMine for JavaScript but was unhappy with how it felt and I believe that WebStorm is faster because it has less plugins and language extensions running. Summary: Buy and use WebStorm for primary development and keep VS Code around for when you have to touch Ruby.

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    Reviews of GitLab and WebStorm
    Avatar of veggiemonk
    JavaScript Developer
    Review ofGitLabGitLab

    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 WebStorm
    Avatar of Cloudcraft
    Cloudcraft uses WebStormWebStorm

    WebStorm is the best IDE hands-down for JavaScript developers. Yes, there's more lightweight editors (and nothing beats vim when debugging remotely), but the sheer productivity of WebStorm is unparalleled. React/JSX support? Check. ES2015 support? You bet. Node.js profiling? Yes! Look, if you can't rename a class or variable reliably across a JavaScript project, follow references, debug (without console logs) your editor sucks. Don't use a editor that sucks, use WebStorm!

    Avatar of Eldoria
    Eldoria uses GitLabGitLab

    Als einer der größten Konkurrenten zu GitHub und BitBucket, stellt GitLab eine verlässliche Alternative dar. Als private GitLab Instanz oder als Service bietet GitLab alle Features die wir benötigen und das völlig Kostenfrei in der Community Edition. Hier liegen alle unsere Repositories.

    Avatar of Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
    Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses GitLabGitLab

    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.

    Avatar of HyVive
    HyVive uses GitLabGitLab

    Our self hosted gitlab service provides us with a private and secure environment for developing and testing our internal software. All of our dockerfiles, source code and configuration files for our infrastructure are stored here.

    Avatar of Refractal
    Refractal uses GitLabGitLab

    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.

    Avatar of yaswanthgoud3235
    yaswanthgoud3235 uses GitLabGitLab

    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

    Avatar of GHA Technologies
    GHA Technologies uses WebStormWebStorm

    For all our team's coding because of its support of core libraries like angular and ruby on rails

    Avatar of Promethean TV
    Promethean TV uses WebStormWebStorm

    IDE used for development of various web applications and services at Promethean.

    Avatar of Coolfront Technologies
    Coolfront Technologies uses WebStormWebStorm

    Developer's use for editing and developing Javascript projects.

    Avatar of Riderman De Sousa Barbosa
    Riderman De Sousa Barbosa uses WebStormWebStorm

    We just use because we love it :)... but is not required.

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