fastlane vs Jenkins: What are the differences?
What is fastlane? Connect all iOS deployment tools into one streamlined workflow. fastlane lets you define and run your deployment pipelines for different environments. It helps you unify your app’s release process and automate the whole process. fastlane connects all fastlane tools and third party tools, like CocoaPods.
What is Jenkins? An extendable open source continuous integration server. 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.
fastlane and Jenkins are primarily classified as "Mobile Continuous Integration" and "Continuous Integration" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by fastlane are:
- Connect all build tools together
- Define multiple lanes for different needs
- Jenkins Integration
On the other hand, Jenkins provides the following key features:
- Easy installation
- Easy configuration
- Change set support
"Easy to use" is the top reason why over 17 developers like fastlane, while over 497 developers mention "Hosted internally" as the leading cause for choosing Jenkins.
fastlane and Jenkins are both open source tools. It seems that fastlane with 26K GitHub stars and 3.97K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Jenkins with 13.3K GitHub stars and 5.48K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Jenkins has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1774 company stacks & 1526 developers stacks; compared to fastlane, which is listed in 93 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.
Jenkins is a pretty flexible, complete tool. Especially I love the possibility to configure jobs as a code with Jenkins pipelines.
CircleCI is well suited for small projects where the main task is to run continuous integration as quickly as possible. Travis CI is recommended primarily for open-source projects that need to be tested in different environments.
And for something a bit larger I prefer to use Jenkins because it is possible to make serious system configuration thereby different plugins. In Jenkins, I can change almost anything. But if you want to start the CI chain as soon as possible, Jenkins may not be the right choice.
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