Azure DevOps vs GitLab: What are the differences?
Azure DevOps: Services for teams to share code, track work, and ship software. Azure DevOps provides unlimited private Git hosting, cloud build for continuous integration, agile planning, and release management for continuous delivery to the cloud and on-premises. Includes broad IDE support; 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.
Azure DevOps and GitLab are primarily classified as "Project Management" and "Code Collaboration & Version Control" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by Azure DevOps are:
- Agile Tools: kanban boards, backlogs, scrum boards
- Reporting: dashboards, widgets, Power BI
- Git: free private repositories, pull requests
On the other hand, GitLab provides the following key features:
- 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
"Complete and powerful" is the top reason why over 11 developers like Azure DevOps, while over 451 developers mention "Self hosted" as the leading cause for choosing GitLab.
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.
Alibaba.com, trivago, and Avocode are some of the popular companies that use GitLab, whereas Azure DevOps is used by Schlumberger, Poq, and simplement-e. GitLab has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1234 company stacks & 1479 developers stacks; compared to Azure DevOps, which is listed in 79 company stacks and 68 developer stacks.
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