Compare GitLab vs. Jenkins

GitLab is ranked 6th in Build Automation with 1 review while Jenkins is ranked 1st in Build Automation with 15 reviews. GitLab is rated 9.0, while Jenkins is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of GitLab writes "A simple open-source containerized solution that scales easily". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Jenkins writes "Significantly reduces build times, automates frequent manual tasks, reduces errors". GitLab is most compared with TeamCity, Travis CI and Jenkins, whereas Jenkins is most compared with CloudBees Core, TeamCity and GoCD.
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The dashboard and interface make it easy to use.

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The most valuable features are Jenkins Pipelines for ALM and full Deploy Cycle.This solution has helped us in automating the build and test process, reducing time.It is very useful for us to be able to collect and manage automatic processing pipelines.The most valuable feature is its ability to connect with different tools and technologies.There are a large number of plugins available for integration with third party systems.Having builds and test tasks triggered on commit helps not to break the product.We significantly reduced build times of large projects (more than 80k lines of Scala code) using build time on Jenkins as a time sample. It reduced the developer write-test-commit cycle time, and increased productivity.We have started to integrate Pipelines as a part of a build, and built a library of common functions. It simplified and made our build scripts more readable.

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GitLab doesn't have AWS integration. It would be better to have integration with other container management environments beyond Kubernetes. It has very good integration with Kubernetes, but it doesn't have good integration with, for example, AWS, ETS, etc.

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Better and easy-to-use integration with Docker would be an improvement.The upgrades need improvement.The learning curve is quite steep at the moment.This solution would be improved with the inclusion of an Artifactory (Universal artifact repository manager).The user interface could be updated a little.Jenkins relies on the old version of interface for configuration management. This needs improvement.Developer documentation for plugins, plugin development, integrations: Sometimes it’s tricky to do pretty obvious things.Sometimes you have Jenkins restarting because of OOM errors.

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Jenkins is open source and free.I used the free OSS version all the time. It was enough for all my needs.Some of the add-ons are too expensive.It's free software with a big community behind it, which is very good.​It is free.​Jenkins is open source.It is a free product.

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GitLab is a single application with features for the whole software development and operations (DevOps) lifecycle.

Jenkins is an award-winning application that monitors executions of repeated jobs, such as building a software project or jobs run by cron.

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Software R&D Company33%
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