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GitLab review by Willian M.
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"It is a really great place to store your git repositories"

What do you like best?

The community edition is really great. Today we have a community edition installation at the company I'm working for and it works like a charm.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really. The only point that annoys me currently is their number of updates. The product development is really fast paced and it is really difficult to keep it up to date. It annoys but is really great.

Recommendations to others considering the product

In case you need to have all your repositories hosted on your own company servers I really recommend you to pick Gitlab. Their services as an online platform are really good and you may use it for free.

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

We don't want to pay an external service to host all of our internal codes and development for various reasons and Gitlab was the best tool we found to do the job.

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GitLab review by Ricardo R.
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"An excellent self-hosted or SaaS code repository"

What do you like best?

An excellent solution for those who like want private or shared repositories and require a on promises or private cloud installation.

Provides great options for code reviewing and developers interactions on merge requests.

Updates both for new features and fixes are frequent.

Access control is fine grained and authentication may be setup to use an external service like LDAP or CAS.

Provides a nice OAuth authentication so 3rd party apps may be easily integrated.

Active open source community with lots of contributions. This way bugs are fixed really quick and new features come out frequently.

What do you dislike?

The less used features have a few usability gotchas.

The frequent updates may overwhelm your operations team if you have too much bureaucracy in the way.

Since its operation relies on git directories that are on the filesystem, high availability options may be little tricky to setup. More distributed options seem to be in the way for enterprise edition but are not yet available at the time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Assess the use of gitlab by trying the SaaS version on gitlab.com or by using docker images from: https://hub.docker.com/r/gitlab/gitlab-ce/

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

Granting access to developer to almost every project in the company.

Encourage contributions across different teams or developers on internal projects.

Allow 3rd party consultants access only to code bases they need.

Achieved compliance on company intellectual property protection.

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GitLab review by Daniel B.
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"Excellent strategic vision and execution"

What do you like best?

The built-in features of Auto DevOps have made our experience more rewarding and effective.

What do you dislike?

It's still a monolithic application. This is in the process of being fixed, but I'm often worried a failure in one component will take out the entire system.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want a holistic solution with a strategy around devops, then this is the solution you need. It provides a lot of native support for devops collaboration. The company also embodies devops and an open and transparent culture. Their company is 100% remote, and almost all of their internal documentation is published publicly so anyone can search it and submit changes back. This includes all of their HR documentation. I highly value the culture of a company when I'm evaluating doing business with someone, and this company ticks all the boxes for a strong culture fit with my company.

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

This tool is able to streamline our entire development workflow. This allows us to inject standard security and compliance gates, create an audit trail, reduce our toolset, reduce the overhead of managing multiple disparate tools and their integrations, and produce customer value faster.

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GitLab review by Rafael C.
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"Really good "github like" code repository"

What do you like best?

It is a very feature complete, free and open-source alternative for github.

Gitlab also has no limit for repositories nor users and have on-premisses installation (for community edition).

The features I use most includes markdown readme project page, per project issue tracking, snippets area flexible repository visibility, merge request discussions, automatic acceptance of merge requests including removing source branch among others.

What do you dislike?

The user experience needs some improvements. Sometimes its is not easy (or not so intuitive) to perform very usual for example searching an user by its login.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be prepared to update it frequently. Gitlab throws new features and fixes very often.

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

Hundreds of private repositories for dozens of users containing all company projects.

Consultants also have an special/restricted access to some projects.

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GitLab review by Jasmine A.
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"Very good service!"

What do you like best?

First off, I love that it's free and is an excellent alternative to GitHub. I like that I can make private repositories for my own personal projects instead of having to publicly share code with a group, which as a newbie can be a bit intimidating. (Especially since I'm from a design background, not entirely coding!) The pricing scale is good and reasonable, for as many users as necessary. I'm currently learning Python and it helps greatly that there a few API clients I can choose from. The "code review" system is very good. I really like the UX/UI of GitLab. It's visually clean, functional and is supported well.

What do you dislike?

Not much, but I had a bit of a hard time shifting from GitHub to GitLab. (I wish they named their product something a bit easier to distinguish, but that's just me.) There were times when the speed of the free version was absolutely ridiculous. When your team needs push and pull requests within a certain time frame and it takes longer than promised, it can be a bit cumbersome for all.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely continue to use GitHub too! They're both great for projects, so discover what you and your team can do with both!

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

I can make as many projects as I'd like with GitLab! The free option has been great for practice projects I work on with my husband, and we can do them infinitely.

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GitLab review by Nicolas C.
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"Version Control done right!"

What do you like best?

GitLab is based on Git, a powerful Version Control System tool. It allows to exploit the maximum of file modification history. Gitlab offers great visualisation tools: commit trees, fancy charts... It simplifies communication: you can comment almost everything (commits, files, even line numbers). It also has a neat merge-request features, with code reviewing system.

What do you dislike?

I think GitLab is ugly, it's UI forces users to click a lot, either to access features, or to explore the project files.

Also, you cannot add several collaborators as reviewers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure you know what you are doing with Git. You can lose everything really easily!

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

In my job, we use GitLab to communicate on commits: we can send links to a specific line in a file, comment on code... We are also supposed to use it for code reviewing but my coworkers don't seem to be motivated for that.

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GitLab review by Simon L.
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"Best self hosted web-based git repository manager"

What do you like best?

Besides, being a fully functional Git repository, Gitlab integrates well with CI/CD. We currently are using the free version and cover most of our needs. The Omnibus package made Gitlab easy to install, update, and maintain. LDAP was a huge plus for our corporate integration.

What do you dislike?

The UI/UX looks poor and cheap, sometimes buggy and not very user friendly.

Many functionalities are not production ready, such as artifacts archiving,

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a fully functional CI/CD for Test and maybe QA Environment. But I won't recommend it for production yet.

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

Best free on-premise solution available. All in one solution. Git Repository + Issue Tracker + CI/CD + Many supported integrations.

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GitLab review by Mark A.
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"Everything a Forge needs"

What do you like best?

It's open source. It has an open way to extend it.

What do you dislike?

I needs better irker interface, or an interface to irccloud.

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

We need shared git repos, public pages, issue tracking, and security locked repos. It's got all that.

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GitLab review by Marco Gonzalo G.
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"A local great option for a git server administration tool"

What do you like best?

Is very intuitive, a good UI and open source.

What do you dislike?

I can't find a relevant element that I dislike about local installable version

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it and then decide

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

We needed reduce costos for git repositories storage and has more control over our resources.

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GitLab review by Juan M. C.
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"Gitlab review"

What do you like best?

The ability to have private projects enabled, with the free service.

What do you dislike?

Some times can be very unstable do to the amount of traffic their servers handle.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the time to compare it to Github and see which of both has the features that your project requires. Both of them are great!

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

Personal projects.

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GitLab review by Roberto T.
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"Good Source Control"

What do you like best?

The software is free and it has free private repository.

What do you dislike?

The UI can improve, I found it not very clear.

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

Git Repository for small/medium project

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GitLab review by Sacha B.
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"Great free self-hosted git repository"

What do you like best?

It's free if you host it yourself. For private projects, it has all the features I love from GitHub, but not the cost of hosting private projects on GitHub.

What do you dislike?

A better system of automatically upgrading would be nice, to keep it on the latest version at all times.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's easy to deploy a test GitLab setup on Digital Ocean in just a few minutes and it's a very inexpensive way to evaluate the software.

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

It's nice central repository for all our projects, complete with a web interface similar to GitHub.

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GitLab review by Loris T.
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"A good open source system, nice for open source projects"

What do you like best?

It's a good thing that the software itself is open source (with the Community Edition). This means that you can use GitLab on their servers or, if you prefer, have it installed on your premises. Of course, you can have both ;-)

What do you dislike?

The web interface is available in eight languages only. This prevents the use by people that are not fluent in one of those.

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

I am involved in a couple of projects set up by the local Linux User Group. We are managing the projects with GitLab.

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GitLab review by Dimas B.
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"GitLab Awesome"

What do you like best?

I migrated to Git from Subversion, I haven't looked back since. My primary reason for choosing GitLab was the offer of free private repos (I like to try before I buy). Being able to have real production projects while actually testing out GitLab basically sealed the deal. Despite Github getting all the attention, GitLab pretty much offers everything Github does. My team primarily uses GitLab, private repos and issues tracking. Additionally the platform is constantly being improved. GitLab is definitely worth taking a look at.

What do you dislike?

GitLab needs to improve their social coding features and feel. Github still wins out in this area. I have no doubt that GitLab is very close here.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very inexpensive to get started. For business you can immediately start trying GitLab out with their free private repos.

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

Business wise we moved from Subversion to Git, we use GitLab because it offers free private repos and everything is managed in the cloud.

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GitLab review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"One of the best Git repository online service"

What do you like best?

There are lots of good preferences available in it.

-Very consistence UI with ease of usage and find options easily

-Different roles are available to invite user in project to maintain code with access duration

-Lots of useful options are available like - Adding issues, snippets, wiki

-Easily search any code keyword from repository

What do you dislike?

-There is no any dislike feature

Only thing is new user has to familiar with all useful options from menu, buttons for everyday use.

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

-I manage code easily with any kind of Git Client software like Sourcetree, GitKraken etc. and terminal commands too without any issue.

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"The greatness of gitlab"

What do you like best?

I like how easy it is to contribute to a project. I can do many features in browser without having to use the command line. Merge requests are very simple and I like the email updates when a pipeline succeeds/fails.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes my pipelines will fail for no apparent reason, it might be a server timeout of some sort but I am never told why. I also dislike how slow gitlab can be at times.

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

Currently using it while working on a distributed team. It is very easy to understand and having roles makes it more organized. Albeit, it doesn't tell me I'm not allowed to make merge requests unless I'm admin; I had to search for user privileges.

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GitLab review by Dan O.
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"Solid Source Control, with some odd quirks"

What do you like best?

The Community (free) version is surprisingly full featured. It's fairly easy to install the software, and configure new groups and projects.

It also integrates well with automated build and deploy tools like Jenkins and Maven.

What do you dislike?

Getting LDAP authentication with Active Directory was somewhat painful. I also was never able to get the hook into our JIRA defect management system working properly. The documentation on this was incorrect and out of date.

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

We wanted to get away from using Subversion, and modernize our source control system with something that integrates better with automated build and deploy products.

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GitLab review by John B.
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"I host my code with GitLab.com and have in the past run CE on private servers."

What do you like best?

I love that, in addition to being a free version control hosting option, they're a free and open source software community. I also love that gitlab.com offers unlimited free private repositories and SSL for gitlab pages.

What do you dislike?

I've found setup for self-hosted instances to be a little bit difficult and overly complex. Other than that, I don't have a whole lot of issues with Gitlab.

Recommendations to others considering the product

With Github's recent pricing changes for private repositories, the time to try gitlab has never been better. They tend to be really responsive to user requests, in part because it's open source software.

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

I'm using it to host both public and private code for personal and professional code. It's allowed me to store code securely and easily without needing to worry about either the cost or the details/hosting.

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GitLab review by Jonhnny Weslley S.
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"Most complete solution for developer teams"

What do you like best?

Gitlab provides many features for team collaboration

What do you dislike?

despite improvements on performance in recent releases, gitlab sometimes can be slow on basic git tasks like pull from or push to repositories.

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

Reliable source code repository, code review, team collaboration and issue management

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GitLab review by Ghada B.
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"The best solution to store private repositories for free"

What do you like best?

Gitlab presents a lot of interesting features that I found useful:

- Open source

- Create private or public repositories.

- Private repositories for free .

- Easy to install, update and maintain.

- Easy to collaborate with the team and sharing the code.

- Easy to back-up your self-hosted GitLab instance.

- Easy to create merge requests, so code can be easily reviewed and discussed.

What do you dislike?

I can't really find anything that i dislike. Gitlab is fulfilling all my needs as for now. Maybe, the only thing that bothered me was the UI is a little bit complex and hard to understand.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Gitlab for anyone who wants to create a private projects for free and save your money. It's the best solution for that. More than that it's fast because files can be edited directly on the web UI without downloading the repository.

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

I currently use Gitlab to build and push up my projects in private repositories. I can work with my team by enabling us to push, pull, and merge our code together on it.

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GitLab review by G2 Crowd User in Higher Education
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"Good product"

What do you like best?

Easy, intuitive version control, makes it easy to collaborate with my team on sharing code.

What do you dislike?

I wasn't able to find good documentation for it, so it took me a while to figure out the ins and outs.

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

I needed to share code with my team and Gitlab provides a good platform for that. It's intuitive, and I can get my work done with just a few commands.

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GitLab review by Sebastian I.
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"I recently made the switch from GitHub to GitLab - couldn't be happier"

What do you like best?

GitLab is great because of their focus on development teams, rather than individual developers. I was originally using GitHub, which is great for personal projects and small code repositories, but it wasn't quite working for the needs of my business. GitLab has great features that made working with a team much more appealing: free private repositories, self-hosted GitLab management, and team management. GitLab also has an awesome activity report that shows very detailed information about exactly what each team member has been doing. This comes in handy when something goes wrong and we need some transparency and accountability.

What do you dislike?

When I was first researching GitLab and creating my account, the user interface of the site seemed a little bit confusing. It took me a while to figure out the difference from their remote and locally hosted services. It was also a bit confusing figuring out how to create and properly manage my team.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Setting up your repository and team management takes a bit of time, but once it's all set up, the workflow is so nice and smooth.

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

GitLab is great for enterprise level repository management. They allow you to create different teams, manage permissions, and create private repositories all with their free plan. I recently used GitLab to integrate version control and a staging environment into my development process where I work.

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GitLab review by Duarte A.
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"The best way of having VCS on your Company"

What do you like best?

GitLab makes it easy to create a private platform for manage your company projects and have a lot of features present on public Version Control Sites like GitHub and Bitbucket - Wiki, Issues, Team Management.

What do you dislike?

GitLab is kind of hard to integrate with Soucetree, and you can simply access to your company repositories directly from the app.

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

With GitLab, we are trying to simplify the access to projects for users using macOS or Windows platforms, and provide a simpler way of practicing Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment.

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GitLab review by Jeremy H.
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"Excellent on premises GIT server"

What do you like best?

It has a very modern interface, similar to GitHub. Installation is also very easy, and can setup with Active Directory.

What do you dislike?

I had issues integrating with Active directory when we were bought out.

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

Needed a place to store projects throughout our company, I knew we wanted a GIT server that was easy to use and setup, this helped fill that gap.

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GitLab review by Ariful H.
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"Upload your unlimited private projects for free"

What do you like best?

There are few highly popular Git project uploading sites available. But those sites are focused on Open-source projects and for private projects, user need to have paid subscriptions. I was looking for uploading my git repot to any Git project hosting site also was looking for a free service and here comes Gitlab. A user can upload unlimited private Git projects in their account, create teams or organizations and push project to the organization repo as well and all of these are absolutely free. The best thing is, you can do almost everything what you can do in other popular git sites and here you don't need to pay for that.

What do you dislike?

The UI of the Gitlab could be more interactive. Creating Milestone, Label on the fly could be a good UI update. Project Wiki is not a great thing in Gitlab.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Gitlab is a modern Git Hosting Provider that is already used by a great number of developers. If you want to push your git repo to as private repo, and right now not ready to spend money for it, Gitlab is your best option.

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

We are a team of remote developers working in common projects from different countries. We host our code primarily in Gitlab (because its free). Our codes are mainly under our team account and each developers fork the code to update. Our CTO/ Lead developer is responsible for merging or rejecting any pull request.

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GitLab review by Giorgi D.
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"Internal source control tool"

What do you like best?

The best thing about gitlab is that it can be hosted on premises and is very easy to setup even for a linux newbie like me. I had it up and running in about an hour or two. It can also import git repositories from other systems making it very easy to migrate to gitlab. The built in diff viewer is also comfortable for making quick code reviews.

What do you dislike?

The biggest disadvantage of gitlab is probably it's speed. It's not slow but it would be nice if it was faster. Also it would be useful if it could import svn repositories too.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I suggest configuring groups before creating any repositories because moving repositories between groups or renaming groups changes repository url.

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

Gitlab allows us to easily host internal source control without paying a lot.

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GitLab review by Sean Francis N.
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"An excellent GitHub alternative for private projects"

What do you like best?

GitLab can be seen as an alternative to GitHub but also, it can be seen as a compliment to GitHub. GitLab provides free private repositories for your projects. So, if you are in need of a private repository, GitLab can be a solution.

GitLab, feature-wise, is also on par with GitHub. It has a wiki that you could set up and use for your whole team. GitLab also features web hooks that you can use to integrate it with other online services your team might be using. Design-wise, GitLab is an excellent looking product with an intuitive interface.

As a bonus, GitLab provides a continuous integration feature that is available for use in your projects.

What do you dislike?

GitLab has its flaws. Its user interface can be confusing at times especially when you are already used to similar services such as GitHub.

The sidebar can sometimes feel obstructing to your work and you might feel you would prefer that the sidebar be placed somewhere else. Maybe follow a GitHub style user interface?

When pushing code, you might be using SSH over HTTPS. The pushing speed is okay but when compared to GitHub, it is slower. Sometimes on other networks, you will not be able to push to your private repository.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When considering to use GitLab, remember that you might feel a bit alienated by the interface at first but over time, you will get used to it

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

Version control systems are important. The tech industry uses it and we are no exception. GitLab provides us with a private repository where we can store our code safely.

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GitLab review by Andrew M.
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"More Features Than GitHub, Yet Completely Free"

What do you like best?

GitLab is an entire suite-- what started out as a Git project website has turned into a full CI/CD and source management platform. By having everything in one place, you can not only push your source code, but test it, manage bugs and documentation, and test and deploy it with a CI/CD pipeline.

The best part is, it's open source so you can run it on your own servers, or you can use the GitLab.com service completely free for private repositories.

What do you dislike?

The interface has become a little cluttered. Unlike GitHub, which is quite simplistic and well designed, GitLab can be kind of confusing to navigate. Add that to the fact that they change the UI every once in a while, and for newcomers it can be quite daunting.

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

Source code management historically has either been expensive (GitHub) or lacking in features (BitBucket). GitLab has solved this, not only with its own platform, but by introducing competition that has forced GitHub to change their pricing to better compete.

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"Best free git repository management"

What do you like best?

GitLab is amazing. the most significant features are:

- Unbelievable user interface

- Can create private repository

- is FREE!

- Easy to create merge request and migrate repositorys

- Excellent handling permissions for projects and branches

- The most important feature. i can create mine git repository server

- 3rd party apps can be easily integrated. (trello, slack, etc)

What do you dislike?

I have nothing to dislike. Gitlab have all i need for my job

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use Slack and Trello for major control of your projects and integrate them with GitLab

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

All developers should use GitHub allows us to have private repositories among other fascinating features. If have a company, You can create your git server and can save a lot of money .

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GitLab review by Josh Q.
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"Good internal Git server for config management"

What do you like best?

Easily installed and managed. Does everything I need in a git server.

What do you dislike?

Interface isn't always intuitive. Hard to find configuration options, and have to go pretty deep to find what I need to change.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy to setup and use. A bit of a pain to administer, but still cheaper than alternatives.

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

A private git repository we can use with many different projects and different user access. For use with both internal and external users if possible.

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"Great Experience"

What do you like best?

I love the ability to submit uploads fast and create awesome software.

I really like the team ability. The way we can work together and build software quickly is what enables us to generate large amounts of revenue as a company. I think this product should be used by web development companies over a github because of it's features like an easy integration with slack. It's just a great product overall.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the interface sometimes because its too many clicks.

I really dislike the complexity sometimes that makes it hard to use. The interface is sometimes trying to be too fancy and frankly chooses fanciness over functionality which i think is a mistake when you are building a product that is primarily used by web developers.

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

We use this to build and push up custom software. It's a great product.

We could not work without this product. It enables us to work as a team by enabling us to push, pull, and merge our code together on a team. It's a pretty amazing product.

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"Very reasonable alternative to Github"

What do you like best?

Unlimited free repo for individuals

More reasonably priced compared to Github

User interface is very easy to understand, similar to Github

What do you dislike?

Code review functionality isn't as robust

Platform integration isn't as wide as what's available on Github

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are comfortable with Github, then you'll feel right at home on Gitlab.

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

Code repository for the team.

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GitLab review by Leo J.
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"An awesome alternative to GitHub"

What do you like best?

The free plan offers so much! It is the best service to get free private git repository in my opinion.

What do you dislike?

Putting your open source projects on Gitlab doesn't get enough exposure.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Check out all what GitLab can offer to your company. If you are migrating to GitLab chances are that you can simplify your workflow in the process which is always a nice thing to do.

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

Project storing and versioning. GitLab also provide some nice and easy solution for continuous integration and deployment.

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GitLab review by Hercules L.
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"Gitlab is very very good"

What do you like best?

It's easy to manage your projects and permissions to the team.

What do you dislike?

I have nothing to complain until now. Everything I need worked great.

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

Hosting my personal and open source projects.

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GitLab review by Jay S.
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"Gitlab Makes Development Streamlined"

What do you like best?

Gitlab is a git repository that makes keeping track of code changes easy. The biggest benefit is that it can be self-hosted. The one thing that sets git lab apart from the rest is that it allows for personal contribution to the development efforts. There is also new features being released constantly which makes it easy to keep up with some of the larger repo systems our there. Gitlab also make it easy to manage at an organization level. This means that I can set up repos or groups and have people set up with very specific access.

What do you dislike?

There is not to many things I can think of. Probably the biggest issue is that gitlab can be behind on some features compared to other repo systems. Not all of the more know features in some of the other repo systems out there may not have been considered as important and worth the development effort. The other thing that I dislike is that there does not seem to be nearly as many integrations available as there are with other repos like Github.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The self-hosted version is great, though if you do not have the infrastructure or hardware available to host your own version, the subscription version is a nice alternative.

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

Gitlab provides a method to keep accurate change management across code and database development. It also provides a way to log issues and keep track of development todos. The last major benefits is that it creates a centralized way track code and its history.

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"Pretty great, overall inexpensive and powerful"

What do you like best?

Love that it's a free tool at the start for startups to try.

What do you dislike?

The design is a bit clunky and could use some more hierarchy

Recommendations to others considering the product

YES! Great for just getting started and inexpensive.

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

We use it as a git repository, version history and task manager. Great to keep teams organized.

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"Great user experience despite occasional unavailability "

What do you like best?

Issue/milestone system. Continuous integration. Slack notifications. Quick merge requests and code reviews.

What do you dislike?

The occasional 500 errors and failed pushes/pulls.

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

We use Gitlab to set milestones, outline tasks, track progress, and complete code reviews.

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"Gitlab provides great centralized repo management"

What do you like best?

Ability to see MRs in progress, decent code diff display, inline review commenting.

What do you dislike?

Can't start with all files in a diff collapsed. Lag for email notifications when commenting on diffs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We have a self-hosted instance. It can be a little slow to respond, but then that may be due to other factors like network speed, etc.

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

We control changes to our source code repos by requiring merge requests and code review. This provides oversight and a history of who did what and when.

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"A feature-rich git hosting solution"

What do you like best?

Not only does Gitlab provide all the basic features that you've come to expect from a git hosting solution with an easy-to-use and pleasing-to-eyes UI, it goes much farther than that. It provides a product that you can rely for the entire SDL (software development lifecycle). For example, it provides a capable issue tracker, issue boards, code quality reports for "merge requests" ("pull requests" in Github lingo), built-in continuous integration and continuous deployment and so on! Having this all in one place instead of having to manage a myriad of products is highly convenient.

What do you dislike?

While the UI in Gitlab is good enough, it still isn't as good as Github (a leading rival). It isn't as snappy either.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Browse the differences between Gitlab community edition and enterprise edition. If you need the enterprise edition, you should compare the current prices with Github, which is a good solution too.

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

At work, we want a nice self-hosted git hosting solution that costs little and still meets all our needs. Thus, Gitlab community edition is a natural solution (costs nothing, has all the features we need).

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GitLab review by Paul O.
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"Gitlab is a solid git repository"

What do you like best?

Supports multiple repositories, granular security, and low cost or free access for individuals.

What do you dislike?

I have not found anything I do not like about GitlLab to date.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try several out to find what suites your needs.

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

A low cost, high performance git repository to store personal work. New to Git in general. I use GitLab for private repositories and GitHub for public.

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"Good product and nice to use"

What do you like best?

I really enjoy the continuous integration suite.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the top navigation bar for issues/PRs etc.

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

We were using a combination of CVS and SVN before I joined. After I joined I realized we needed to step up our game to Git. We also had a bad peer code review system (stand behind someone looking at their code) and needed to improve it. Another severely lacking system we didn't have in place was continuous integration. We didn't have a system to automatically run tests and deploy to our servers if tests passed. We also needed all of this to be hosted on our own hardware. I had used GitLab before on my own personal projects and thought it would be a great fit for our team since it would improve our speed on so many aspects.

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"Gitlab is great"

What do you like best?

Fine grained access control. Easy to use inferface.

What do you dislike?

Git implementation can be buggy with large repos

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

Source control, code sharing.

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"Gitlab - Review in detail"

What do you like best?

Gitlab is a great tool, loosely based on github, to share, collaborate work. It allows easy upload of your work, retrieve others work and base your work on theirs instantly. Great command line tool. Allows creation of tickets (issues), and also auto resolves the issues once code has been checked in. Allows public and private repo which is great. The UI is also great, with drag and drop features in many areas.

What do you dislike?

1. Merge request allows only one reviewer.

2. Code rebase in UI never works if it is behind by more than one commit.

3. Through UI, you cannot drag and drop multiple files. This is bad as even github has this feature.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it out, has pretty good UI features combined with command line git commands. Must know for any coding novice.

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

Everyday source control with 20 odd team members is done through gitlab. Never has anyone lost their code because of a gitlab flaw.

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"a modest version control system"

What do you like best?

it helps manipulate and save source code and the teamwork

What do you dislike?

the commands to push pull commit are a bit complicated

Recommendations to others considering the product

i recommend it to anyone who wants to keep track of his code changes

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

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