GitHub or GitLab? Which one is better?
GitLab isn't such a popular service as GitHub, probably because it came later than GitHub and many people even don't know it exists. Nevertheless, there are open source code and private repositories of companies are free. In this article, we'll tell you when each of these tools is used.

GitHub and GitLab are alternative management systems of Git code repositories. Both of them provide a possibility to host IT-projects and to co-develop them. In this publication, we compare a bit the services and goals of these systems.

Distinguishing features of GitHub and the progress of the last year:
  • Added option to sponsor projects.

  • GitHub has overtaken GitLab by continuous integration.

  • The pricing model is improved.

  • Actions, statuses, package support are added.

  • Integration with VSCode is improved.

  • The enormous number of users that's still increasing.

  • It's easier for projects to receive support from contributors.

  • Automatic security check and reports are added.

  • The resource became more active in social networks. (e.g. Twitter etc.)

  • Monitoring and analysis of user activity.

  • Flat organization structure.

  • Scandalous past.

What about GitLab:

  • Lots of people still don't know it exists.

  • A private repository is created by the command line.

  • It's safer.

  • It has subgroups for hierarchical organization.

  • Closed repositories a for free, groups aren't limited.

  • Beautiful and comfortable service that can be used even for GitHub.

  • Open source code.

  • Everything is free.

  • Empowered security.

  • Better business model.

  • Personal and group accounts.
In contrast to GitLab, there are free repositories on GitHub. This has led to an unfortunate side effect. Significant libraries and modules, packages and whole frameworks are related to especial user profiles. Even if a person hasn't any relation to project services. However, GitHub drew attention to this disadvantage and started to improve the functionality of organizations and commands. There are commands exist in repositories now, you can create subgroups and indicate your personal settings and access to repositories.


Free private command repositories make a lot of companies to select GitLab frequently. But the functional "subgroups" are unavailable to private accounts. Therefore, Gitlab groups became more important than personal accounts. Many developers call groups by their nicknames and add underscore to identify an account name.


Conversely, GitHub supports for a long time an idea that significant work in programming is done separately by different people. Encouraging "awards" (stars, commits) have to be stored in a user's "private office". It resulted in GitHub public activity that's taken into account in recruiting, conferences, etc.

What can you store on GitLab?

In addition to web-service, GitLab provides an open-source code. The system can be launched fast and painless on its server. You can use the web-server for such tasks:

  • Closed content for teams, companies, organizations.

  • Personal working repositories (to store as a precaution).

  • Personal user data.

  • Training material projects.

  • Web-development (suitable tool - GitLab Pages).


GitHub is for everything else

All other content can be confidently directed to GitHub. If you want to allow other users to get access to use it and invoke it. Links on GitHub repositories inspire trust more than GitLab and will be viewed more frequently. Public activity and projects can help you to make a portfolio that can make you get a job.


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