Drone.io

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4.4 out of 5 stars

Continuous Integration and Deployment as-a-service. Nothing to install. Nothing to configure. No server maintenance. Integrates seamlessly with Github, Bitbucket, Heroku and more to automatically build, test and deploy your code with zero human assistance.

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Drone.io review by <span>Manil C.</span>
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Drone.io is one of the best hosted and on premise CI

What do you like best?

My favorite of any tool is being Open Source and distributed under a permissive license like Apache License. More specifically, it is easily up and running locally thanks to the use of Docker. Furthermore, thanks to a deep integration of Docker, containers are used to to build code and test it. As well as making the transfer form development phase to staging to production a very simple task for any developer.

A hosted alternative is also provided and it's integrated with many code hosting solutions like Github, Bitbucket.

What do you dislike?

Drone has a basic and simple UI compared to other hosted alternatives. The UI tends to make users adapt their CI process to Drone features/limitations. I was also maybe noticing that drone.io isn’t going anywhere these days. It's integration with AWS services (e.g. S3) is not perfect and has a lot of limitations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Drone is good CI solution especially if you're looking for an on-premise solution and it's deep integration with Docker make it even better for fast builds. However, some features of Drone seem to be in beta for some time now (like S3). This gives you a strange feeling as Drone not going anywhere while most of hosted services tend to surprise their users with new features/improvement from time to time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Drone.io (among other hosted solutions) to deploy specific branches of our the codebase of a front-end application to S3 and to automate some NGINX config.

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Drone.io review by <span>Maxime L.</span>
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Simple for small open source project

What do you like best?

- Easy to set-up with few forms to start

- Wide support of languages

- For enterprises, pricing is abordable even for unlimited projects

- Hooks and deployments processes

What do you dislike?

- The lack of features! While using it during one year, the service has not move forward and is still rudimentary

- No separation of git branches

- Settings are too simple, with no way to customize some dependencies versions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try to make a script that can run your build easily: configuration in Drone.io is hard due to the small size of the textarea dedicated to it...

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Continuous integration for small projects. It allows you to free time for development and not just checking if your legacy code still work all time: with automatic builds at each commit, your tests ensure you're going to the right direction, without breaking anything.

What Continuous Deployment solution do you use?

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Drone.io review by <span>Stéphane P.</span>
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Quite good but perfectible

What do you like best?

The web interface is nice, simple and polished.

The service works as advertized.

The builds are efficiently managed, handled and summarized.

The connection to major code-hosting providers (github, bitbucket, google).

What do you dislike?

The received emails are raw and systematic, it would probably be better not to send emails for successive successful builds.

The website is simplistic, live console output does not work all the time.

The support of languages is very limited.

It's always convenient to set the build script into the service, it would be better to put it in the code.

The dashboard is maybe a bit too simple, a summarizing map of all projects could be very handy.

On a general point of view, the website is a bit too simple. I fear that when the number of projects increases, it lacks direct feedback of what goes wrong and where.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The service is nice and simple. It does what it is supposed to do.

Some areas can be polished and features added, but we get what we are said to get.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is always interesting to get an almost-real-time feedback from our builds. The benefits are to reduce time of errors corrections.

Drone.io review by <span>Guy T.</span>
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Brilliant customisation for CI and CD

What do you like best?

Brilliant "one size doesn't fit all" approach allows users to develop the plugins they need. Source control driven configuration. Platform agnostic.

The development of the open source tool is active and responsive to user feedback, as well as providing excellent support. There's an ever expanding range of plugins, both through the curated marketplace as well as others writing unofficial ones.

The documentation whilst not the most comprehensive covers most basic use cases, whilst the user community are always willing to help and the code base is fairly self documenting to understand how the internals work if needed.

The developers are also friendly and welcoming to new contributors wishing to help advance the project.

What do you dislike?

Not the easiest to scale with high availability. The single DB used for storing data on build logs etc. could be a single point of failure unless accounted for. Documentation is not always the clearest on all possible parameters etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Brilliantly customisable to almost any conceivable use case as long as you have a development team capable of writing self contained docker apps.

Configuration through source control avoids "special snowflake" syndrome that sometimes comes with tools like Teamcity and Jenkins.

Leverage the power of Docker quickly and easily..

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A simple to use CI and CD solution, with configuration stored in source control.

Allows for focusing on development rather than CI and CD whilst integrating beautifully with a range of source control providers.

Drone.io review by <span>Mario C.</span>
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Drone.io as the new continuos integration service for open source projects

What do you like best?

Drone.io integration with your Github, Bitbucket or Google Code projects is incredibly fast, you can start a build in less than a minute and it doesn't require you to add any file to your project which I feel is really nice (specially in the CI service learning phase when you are doing commits of a CI "config" file just to see if "it works" in the CI service).

UI is very nice and user friendly. Responsiveness is quick and in few minutes you are already feeling familiar with the options.

Very nice MySQL, Redis, MongoDB integration. Not very common in CI hosted environment and very useful for integration tests.

What do you dislike?

Drone.io provides support for many non-so-common languages like Go and Haskell which I have been struggling to find a service with this support. However, they don't provide support yet for Rust, which is fair, but I miss it ;)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just try it and be delight by how easy is to integrate in your new or current projects specially if you need to use any type of persistence storage in backed like Redis, MongoDB or MySQL

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Drone.io gives you the typical power of a CI hosted service with the addition of speed and deployments (also with SSH). Works very fast and it let us focus on what's important for us: write the code.

I feel like I won't have to be looking through tutorials just to add a new CI service to any of my new projects. Frankly I feel this as a huge advantage.

Drone.io review by <span>Toby A.</span>
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Beautiful, easy to use CI - built on a great language

What do you like best?

The ease of use of Drone is brilliant. The setup is seamless, and the test running is brilliant.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes, it can be difficult to get repos setup with drone (with the secrets, encryption etc). But it's worth it in the end.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Running Drone in a container on a beefy host and reverse proxying works great. If you want to add some distributed computing power, you can easily add Docker hosts form other machines as nodes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our CI was slow and broke a lot. We wanted customization without paying a premium. Drone's plugins and open API gave us everything we could of dreamed of.

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