A review of GitLab as an alternative to Alioth as part of the sprint.

Feature Comparison

Features

Alioth

GitHub

GitLab Community Edition

Open source

No

Yes

Merge Requests

Yes

Yes

Code review

Yes

Yes

Merge conflict resolution

Yes

Yes

Merge request versions

Yes

Yes

Inline commenting & resolution

Yes

Yes

Integrated CI/CD

No

Yes

Issue boards

Yes

Yes

Cherry-picking

No

Yes

Merge on pipeline success

No

Yes

WIP merge requests

No

Yes

Flexible permissions

No

Yes

Allow edits from upstream maintainers in branch

Yes

No - GitLab issue

Language

Ruby

Ruby + Go

Import projects

Yes - SVN, Mercurial, TFS, Git

Yes - GitHub, BitBucket, Google Code, FogBugz, Gitea, Git

For a comparison with GitHub also see the GitLab comparison page

License

GitLab is an open-core product where GitLab Community Edition is open-source, MIT license, and GitLab Enterprise Edition is open-core.

Other Independent Reviews/Comparisons of GitLab

Also see the comparison and review on GitLab done by the GNOME project

Scaling GitLab

GitLab is running roughly 1M repos in the production architecture of GitLab.com. It is likely excessive but a useful reference point to scaling. GitLab's production dashboard

Advantages of GitLab

  1. GitLab has an official debian package contributed by Pirate Praveen

  2. Large community of contributors behind the project - over 1700 contributors

  3. Very good UI that has recently been updated
  4. Low resource and maintenance required
  5. Low entry threshold for new contributors due to familiarity
  6. Integrated CI/CD with pipeline and environment management