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Migrate your CI/CD from GitHub Actions to Semaphore

  • Run 2x faster builds
  • See your entire path to production in a single CD view
  • Always have CI/CD experts at hand to support you

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Semaphore vs. GitHub Actions

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    Build great products at higher velocity

    Don’t waste developers’ time with slow builds

    Cut your build times in half using Semaphore’s top-of-market machines and advanced pipeline features. Considering how often developers push code in a month, the ROI of switching to Semaphore is 41:1 (see whitepaper).

    Level up developer productivity & happiness

    On Semaphore, a graphical workflow builder puts high-performance CI/CD into the hands of every developer. Test insights empower the team to keep the project sustainable, while fast SSH debugging enables fast error recovery in daily work.

    Adopt end-to-end Continuous Delivery

    On Semaphore, CD is not limited to a series of after-build steps. Features like parameterized promotions and deployment queues give you the power and flexibility to make deploys to any environment completely painless.

    Have a partner – an extension of your team

    For us, CI/CD is not an afterthought. You can always count on Semaphore as a trusted partner who will go the extra mile in supporting you in your mission to deliver great software, fast.

    “Since moving from GitHub Actions to Semaphore our CI pipeline has been more stable and 2x faster. This allowed us to detect failures and flaky tests faster. Our engineering team is now more focused on core business and delivering features to our customers.”

    Amin Ben Slime, Senior Software Engineer at Klarx

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    Compare Semaphore vs. Github Actions

      Semaphore GitHub Actions
    Product type
    SaaS Yes. SaaS with autoscaling resources

    No. Hard limits on parallel jobs depending on plan

    Hybrid: run agents on customer-managed infrastructure Yes Yes
    Fully on-premises Yes Yes
    Setup & Maintenance
    Graphical pipeline configuration Yes. Workflow Builder: point-and-click interface to create and edit pipelines

    No
    GitHub support Yes Yes
    Bitbucket support Yes No
    Gitlab support No. Pending

    No
    No maintenance required for platform software Yes. Official VMs and Docker images are refreshed weekly, include popular OSS tools out-of-the-box

    No. Jobs must run a Docker container for each language or tool that a project needs

    Command-line interface Yes. CLI can manage projects and do everything the UI can

    No. CLI limited to viewing workflow results

    Declarative configuration of services Yes. Supported via CLI

    No
    Machine & Operating System support
    Multiple machine types in cloud model Yes. Wide choice of CPU, memory, and disk space configurations

    No. End user maintains the machines
    Linux Yes Yes
    macOS Yes Yes. Max 5 parallel jobs on standard plans

    ARM Yes. Supported in self-hosted model

    Yes. Supported in self-hosted model

    Windows Yes. Supported in self-hosted model

    Yes. Supported in cloud and self-hosted models

    Continuous Integration
    Test results reporting and insights Yes. See which tests passed/failed, find slowest tests to speed up development process.

    No
    Debugging feedback loop Yes. Fast debugging via SSH access to both running and finished jobs.

    No. No direct SSH access to job environment, only log inspection.

    Continuous Delivery
    Manage multiple deployment environments Yes Yes
    Multi-stage releases Yes. Combine automatic steps with manual approval to ensure maximum reliability when delivering to users.

    No
    Automatic and manual promotions Yes. Chain pipelines together for any CD workflow (blue/green, canary, etc).

    No
    Deployment dashboards Yes. See which versions of all your applications have been deployed to which environment.

    No
    Parameterized promotions Yes. Define custom forms to parameterize CD pipelines.

    No
    Deployment queues Yes. Control which pipelines must run sequentially to prevent conflict and which may run in parallel.

    No
    Performance
    Top-of-market performance Yes. 25%-100% faster than GitHub Actions workflows, depending on project

    No
    Autoscaling parallelism Yes. Serverless model

    Yes. With hard limits depending on plan

    Allocate more CPUs and RAM to complex jobs Yes. Change one line of configuration

    No
    Scalable dependency cache Yes, 9.6GB upgradeable on request, expires after 30 days

    Yes. 10GB hard limit, expires after 7 days

    Built-in artifacts store Yes Yes
    Built-in Docker registry Yes Yes
    Support
    Email-based account and technical support Yes Yes
    Video call support Yes No
    Support SLAs Yes Yes
    Custom solution engineering Yes No
    Dedicated customer success manager Yes No
    Private Slack channel Yes No

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