GitLab vs Jenkins X: What are the differences?
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; Jenkins X: A CI/CD solution for cloud applications on Kubernetes. Jenkins X is a CI/CD solution for modern cloud applications on Kubernetes.
GitLab belongs to "Code Collaboration & Version Control" category of the tech stack, while Jenkins X can be primarily classified under "Continuous Integration".
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, Jenkins X provides the following key features:
- Automated CI and CD - Rather than having to have deep knowledge of the internals of Jenkins Pipeline, Jenkins X will default awesome pipelines for your projects that implements fully CI and CD
- Environment Promotion via GitOps - Each team gets a set of Environments. Jenkins X then automates the management of the Environments and the Promotion of new versions of Applications between Environments via GitOps
- Pull Request Preview Environments - Jenkins X automatically spins up Preview Environments for your Pull Requests so you can get fast feedback before changes are merged to master
"Self hosted" is the primary reason why developers consider GitLab over the competitors, whereas "Kubernetes integration" was stated as the key factor in picking Jenkins X.
GitLab and Jenkins X are both open source tools. GitLab with 20.1K GitHub stars and 5.33K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Jenkins X with 2.93K GitHub stars and 518 GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, GitLab has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1789 company stacks & 7899 developers stacks; compared to Jenkins X, which is listed in 6 company stacks and 37 developer stacks.
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