Gitlab vs GitHub
As mentioned, GitHub is just a hosting platform and as such other platforms can also host git. GitLab is one such popular alternative and is similar to GitHub in that they are both web-based and hold repositories to assist in managing large coding projects. Both prevent bugs and serious issues when multiple developers work on a project by allowing developers to easily track changes and fix bugs.
However, there are some differences between the two platforms. Depending on the aims of your team or project, you may prefer one over the other.
GitHub, for instance, may serve a larger team of developers lured by its easy to use interface and huge database of open-source code with helpful guides. Its community is vast and well-established. That means that individual developers or a GitHub student can go in and collaborate with other individuals without a team already in place.
Its offering of pull requests and comments that automatically close when they merge with the repo make issue tracking easier. In addition, there are some unique features to the platform such as GitHub Actions aimed at automating all software workflows, GitHub Markdown, which stylizes text, or GitHub CoPilot, which autocompletes code.
What it has in easy utility for large collaborative projects, it lacks when it comes to API development with GitHub API having a rate limit — a shortcoming for GitHub applications. The price could also be prohibitive.
GitLab, on the other hand, is continuously evolving, with new features added all the time. If you prefer a command-line interface, GitLab has that covered. It also supports CI/CD (continuous integration or continuous development) and, like GitHub, offers pull requests and code can be easily managed. Unlike GitHub, it lets users locate a repository within an organization while still under the free plan. The community on GitLab is still relatively small, but it is favoured for DevOps.
In a nutshell, GitLab could be a less expensive option but GitHub has the advantage. As coding skills and virtual programs become more coveted, GitHub's prominence will likely follow suit.