Gitlab has killed the free tier, what are the alternatives?

  • Github: since being bought by Microsoft, basically Github has an unlimited war chest to bring to the market and has already opened up features like unlimited private repositories and members, chipping away most of the benefits of using Gitlab or Bitbucket until recently. It also offers a bundled CI/CD solution named Github Actions, but that may require some work to re-architect everything.
  • Bitbucket: same old, same old. A mostly dormant player in the git market, its most distinguishing feature has been unlimited private repos for many years and tight integration with Jira/Confluence. It has recently started adding more to the service by adding a pipelines service.
  • Travis CI: an external CI/CD service whose configuration may look familiar to those writing Gitlab CI pipelines. It could be an easier migration than completely redesigning the pipeline to fit another service. However it’s mostly a stop-gag solution, since it was acquired by PE, it has been stripped of most of its engineering team and is basically in maintenance mode.
  • Circle CI: One of the biggest players in the CI market, it features the best performance, highly advanced and configurable pipelines configuration, SSH access for debugging CI builds and secure environment on every run.
  • 24x7 support
  • Engineers experienced in Gitlab installations
  • Regular backups/software updates
  • Securing the server
  • Dedicated resources (how many times did Gitlab.com go down? Won’t be a problem any longer since you’ll have it on your own server)
  • Latency (you can choose the closest region to you and your team)
  • Pay per server (no pay per user price gouging)
  • Monthly contracts (scale up or down, or cancel at any time)

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