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GitLab CI vs GoCD: What are the differences?

Developers describe GitLab CI as "GitLab integrated CI to test, build and deploy your code". 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. On the other hand, GoCD is detailed as "Open source continuous delivery tool allows for advanced workflow modeling and dependencies management". GoCD is an open source continuous delivery server created by ThoughtWorks. GoCD offers business a first-class build and deployment engine for complete control and visibility.

GitLab CI and GoCD belong to "Continuous Integration" category of the tech stack.

"Robust CI with awesome Docker support" is the top reason why over 16 developers like GitLab CI, while over 29 developers mention "Open source" as the leading cause for choosing GoCD.

GoCD is an open source tool with 5.07K GitHub stars and 796 GitHub forks. Here's a link to GoCD's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, GitLab CI has a broader approval, being mentioned in 317 company stacks & 449 developers stacks; compared to GoCD, which is listed in 40 company stacks and 78 developer stacks.

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Mohammad Hossein Amri
Chief Technology Officer at Axceligent Solutions | 3 upvotes 路 318.8K views
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I'm open to anything. just want something that break less and doesn't need me to pay for it, and can be hosted on Docker. our scripting language is powershell core. so it's better to support it. also we are building dotnet core in our pipeline, so if they have anything related that helps with the CI would be nice.

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Ankit Malik
Software Developer at CloudCover | 1 upvotes 路 301.4K views

Google cloud build can help you. It is hosted on cloud and also provide reasonable free quota.

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We are a mid-size startup running Scala apps. Moving from Jenkins/EC2 to Spinnaker/EKS and looking for a tool to cover our CI/CD needs. Our code lives on GitHub, artifacts in nexus, images in ECR.

Drone is out, GitHub actions are being considered along with Circle CI and GitLab CI.

We primarily need:

  • Fast SBT builds (caching)
  • Low maintenance overhead (ideally serverless)
  • Everything as code
  • Ease of use
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Glenn Gillen
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I think I've tried most of the CI tools out there at some point. It took me a while to get around to Buildkite because at first I didn't see much point given it seemed like you had to run the agent yourself. Eventually it dawned on me why this approach was more ingenious than I realised:

Running my app in a production (or production-like) environment was already a solved problem, because everything was already in some form of "everything as code". Having a test environment where the only difference was adding the Buildkite agent was a trivial addition.

It means that dev/test/prod parity is simple to achieve and maintain. It's also proven to be much easier to support than trying to deal with the problems that come with trying to force an app to fit into the nuances and constraints that are imposed by the containers/runtime of a CI service. When you completely control all of the environment the tests are running in you define those constraints too. It's been a great balance between a managed service and the flexibility of running it yourself.

And while none of my needs have hit the scale of Shopify (I saw one of their engineers speak about it at a conference once, I can't find the video now though 馃槥) it's good to know I can scale out my worker nodes to hundreds of thousands of workers to reduce the time it takes for my tests to run.

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I would recommend you to consider the JFrog Platform that includes JFrog Pipelines - it will allow you to manage the full artifact life cycle for your sbt, docker and other technologies, and automate all of your CI and CD using cloud native declarative yaml pipelines. Will integrate smoothly with all your other toolset.

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Estu Fardani
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more configurable to setup ci/cd: * It can provide caching when build sbt, just add this section to yml file * Easy to use, many documentation

Weakness: * Need use gitlab as repository to bring more powerful configuration

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Decisions about GitLab CI and GoCD

Buddy is one of the most easy-to-use tools for CI I ever met. When I needed to set up the pipeline I was really impressed with how easy it is to create it with Buddy with only a few moments. It's literally like: 1. Add repo 2. Click - Click - Click 3. You're done and your app is on prod :D The top feature that I've found is a simple integration with different notification channels - not only Slack (which is the one by default), but Telegram and Discord. The support is also neat - guys respond pretty quickly on even a small issue.

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Pros of GitLab CI
Pros of GoCD
  • 22
    Robust CI with awesome Docker support
  • 12
    Simple configuration
  • 8
    All in one solution
  • 6
    Source Control and CI in one place
  • 5
    Integrated with VCS on commit
  • 5
    Easy to configure own build server i.e. GitLab-Runner
  • 5
    Free and open source
  • 2
    Hosted internally
  • 1
    Built-in support of Kubernetes
  • 1
    Easy to setup the dedicated runner to particular job
  • 1
    Enable or disable pipeline by using env variables
  • 1
    Gitlab templates could be shared across logical group
  • 1
    Built-in Docker Registry
  • 1
    Pipeline could be started manually
  • 1
    Built-in support of Review Apps
  • 32
    Open source
  • 27
    Pipeline dependencies
  • 25
    Pipeline structures
  • 22
    Can run jobs in parallel
  • 19
    Very flexible
  • 15
    Plugin architecture
  • 13
    Environments can keep config secure
  • 12
    Great UI
  • 10
    Good user roles and permissions
  • 9
    Supports many material dependencies
  • 7
    Fan-in, Fan-out
  • 6
    Designed for cd not just ci
  • 4
    Empowers product people to make delivery decisions
  • 2
    Flexible & easy deployment
  • 2
    Pass around artifacts
  • 1
    Build once

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Cons of GitLab CI
Cons of GoCD
  • 2
    Works best with GitLab repositories
  • 2
    Lack of plugins
  • 2
    Horrible ui
  • 1
    No support

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What is 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.

What is GoCD?

GoCD is an open source continuous delivery server created by ThoughtWorks. GoCD offers business a first-class build and deployment engine for complete control and visibility.

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What are some alternatives to GitLab CI and GoCD?
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.
Bamboo
Focus on coding and count on Bamboo as your CI and build server! Create multi-stage build plans, set up triggers to start builds upon commits, and assign agents to your critical builds and deployments.
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.
TeamCity
TeamCity is a user-friendly continuous integration (CI) server for professional developers, build engineers, and DevOps. It is trivial to setup and absolutely free for small teams and open source projects.
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.
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