Gitea VS Gitlab

Both Gitea and Gitlab are self-hosted web-based git repository interfaces. Gitea is simpler, easier to install, and more light-weight than Gitlab in general. Gitlab is more of an "enterprisey" product, though many companies also use Gitea.


Gitea screenshot

  • Easy to install and set up.
  • Can run on a small VPS.
  • Maintained by a team of developers.
  • Runs on Linux, Windows, and Mac.
  • Both HTTPS and SSH access to repos.
  • Comes in a single executable.
  • Works with multiple databases, including sqlite.
  • Has an issue tracker, PRs, and a Kanban board.
  • Has webhooks, including CI.
  • Has a REST API.
  • Templates can easily be overriden.


Gitlab screenshot

  • Larger and more heavyweight.
  • More complex setup and installation.
  • Is subjectively "kind of slow".
  • Integrates with many third party services.
  • Has a REST API.
  • Upgrades sometimes fail silently.
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