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Semaphore vs Tower: What are the differences?

What is Semaphore? The continuous integration and delivery platform powering the world鈥檚 best engineering teams. Semaphore is the fastest continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) platform on the market, powering the world鈥檚 best engineering teams.

What is Tower? The most powerful Git client for Mac & Windows. Use all of Git's powerful feature set - in a GUI that makes you more productive.

Semaphore belongs to "Continuous Integration" category of the tech stack, while Tower can be primarily classified under "Source Code Management Desktop Apps".

Some of the features offered by Semaphore are:

  • Docker, Kubernetes, iOS support & 100+ preinstalled Tools
  • Customizable Continuous Delivery Pipelines
  • Customizable Stages, Parallel Execution and Control Flow Switches

On the other hand, Tower provides the following key features:

  • Clone & create repos with a click - Manage your GitHub, Bitbucket & Beanstalk accounts from within Tower
  • Open repos quickly - Tower's "Quick Open" dialog finds and opens repositories in no time
  • Automate the boring stuff - Fetching and stashing are automatically done for you, if you wish

"Easy setup" is the top reason why over 19 developers like Semaphore, while over 16 developers mention "Git" as the leading cause for choosing Tower.

GrowthHackers, CrowdFlower, and Lost My Name are some of the popular companies that use Semaphore, whereas Tower is used by Coderus, WILD, and Paw. Semaphore has a broader approval, being mentioned in 40 company stacks & 17 developers stacks; compared to Tower, which is listed in 29 company stacks and 16 developer stacks.

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What is Semaphore?

Semaphore is the fastest continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) platform on the market, powering the world鈥檚 best engineering teams.

What is Tower?

Use all of Git's powerful feature set - in a GUI that makes you more productive.
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    What are some alternatives to Semaphore and Tower?
    CircleCI
    Continuous integration and delivery platform helps software teams rapidly release code with confidence by automating the build, test, and deploy process. Offers a modern software development platform that lets teams ramp.
    Codeship
    Codeship runs your automated tests and configured deployment when you push to your repository. It takes care of managing and scaling the infrastructure so that you are able to test and release more frequently and get faster feedback for building the product your users need.
    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.
    Travis CI
    Free for open source projects, our CI environment provides multiple runtimes (e.g. Node.js or PHP versions), data stores and so on. Because of this, hosting your project on travis-ci.com means you can effortlessly test your library or applications against multiple runtimes and data stores without even having all of them installed locally.
    GitLab CI
    GitLab offers a continuous integration service. If you add a .gitlab-ci.yml file to the root directory of your repository, and configure your GitLab project to use a Runner, then each merge request or push triggers your CI pipeline.
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    Decisions about Semaphore and Tower
    GitHub
    GitHub
    Slack
    Slack
    Semaphore
    Semaphore
    Codeship
    Codeship

    When it comes to continuous Integration services, the choice is hard. There are several solutions available and it looks like the dev scene is very split. We've read and reviewed several solutions and we ended up making the choice between Codeship and Semaphore . Although Semaphore is used by slightly more developers, we've experienced a faster and easy flow using Codeship. Both do integrate Slack and GitHub very well, so this is not a point to set them apart. Both have a complex pricing system that is not that easy to calculate and predict. However, out in the wild, we found Codeship to have a better price point at heavy use.

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    Cees Timmerman
    Cees Timmerman
    Software Engineer | 6 upvotes 15.1K views
    Windows
    Windows
    SourceTree
    SourceTree
    GitKraken
    GitKraken
    Tower
    Tower

    Tower appears to be between GitKraken and SourceTree in detail, but gave two scary error dialogs when attempting to merge resulted in a conflict. Doing the same in SourceTree just worked and showed the conflict in its handy file view that's always visible (unlike Tower's mere "Merge branch 'X' into develop" message when the commit is selected).

    Both GitKraken and Tower lack the commit hash in their history overview, requiring one to select a commit to see it.

    GitKraken appears to be the only Windows 10 Git GUI suitable for night shifts, but like Tower is only free for 30 days, unlike SourceTree.

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    danlangford uses SemaphoreSemaphore

    The Bitbucket integration with branch whitelists allows you to conserve your 100 builds this month.

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    Riderman De Sousa Barbosa uses SemaphoreSemaphore

    CI and Deploy (Ionic Viewer and Heroku)

    master -> Deploy develop -> CI

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