GitLab compared to other tools

GitLab Issue Boards vs. Asana


Work with your team

With GitLab your entire team has access to the project's Issue Boards.

Multiple Issue Boards

Asana let's you create multiple tasks lists. GitLab Multiple Issue Boards, available on GitLab Enterprise Edition, also makes it possible, improving your workflow by grouping different lists in multiple boards.

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Create new issues from the board

With GitLab Issue Boards, you can create issues directly from the board and assign multiple labels allowing them to appear on multiple boards. With Asana you can create new tasks from each list but not assign them to multiple lists.

Learn how to create a new issue from the Issue Board

Built-in your software development platform

There's no need to configure or integrate anything, GitLab Issue Boards are built-in GitLab. Asana is a third-party tool that optionally integrates with GitHub via Asana PowerUps. Note that you only have access to one PowerUp per Asana free account.

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Complete Project Overview

GitLab Issue Boards give you a complete overview of your project's state: issue cards can be ordered in and across multiple columns, each card indicates who is working on it, the deadline and labels. Asana is built around individula team member task lists and does not give as complete of an project overview as GitLab Issue Boards.

Construct Issue Boards around Issue labels

An Issue Board is based on its project's label structure, therefore, it applies the same descriptive labels to indicate placement on the board. GitLab issues can appear on multiple Issue and they still have meaning without the context of a particular board. Asana allows you to tag tasks but not build issue boards around them.

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Add multiple issues to the board

From an Issue Board, you can add multiple issues to lists in the board by selecting one or more existing issues.

Learn how to add multiple issues to your Issue Board.

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GitLab is open core

GitLab is an open-core product whereas our competitors are mostly closed-source products. The GitLab Community Edition is fully open source, and the Enterprise Edition is open core (proprietary).

Access to the source code

Unlike closed source software, you can see and modify the GitLab Community Edition and Enterprise Edition source code at any time. Be it right on the server or by forking our repositories, you can add features and make customizations. We do recommend that you try to merge your changes back into the main source code, so that others can benefit and your instance stays easy to maintain and update.

Build with a community

GitLab is built by hundreds of people every month. Customers, users and GitLab, Inc. all contribute to every release. This leads to features that organizations actually need, such as easy, yet powerful user management.

Viable long term

GitLab has a solid community with hundreds of thousands of organizations using and often contributing to the software. This means that GitLab is much more viable for long term usage, as it's not reliable on a single company supporting it.

New stable version every month

GitLab releases a new stable version every single month, full of improvements, new features, and fixes. This allows GitLab to move fast and respond to customer requests extremely quickly.

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