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Migrate your CI/CD from GitHub Actions to Semaphore

Migrate your CI/CD from GitHub Actions to Semaphore

Comparing to GitHub Actions, Semaphore is an efficient plug-and-play CI/CD solution that allows you to focus on delivering features:

  • 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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    Download the comparison of Semaphore vs. GitHub Actions

    Build great products at higher velocity

    Don’t waste your 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.
    Amin Ben Slimen

    “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 Slimen, 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


    Hard limits on parallel jobs depending on plan

    Hybrid: run agents on customer-managed infrastructure Yes Yes
    Fully on-premises No Yes
    Setup & Maintenance
    Graphical pipeline configuration Yes

    Workflow Builder: point-and-click interface to create and edit pipelines

    GitHub support Yes Yes
    Bitbucket support No No
    Gitlab support No


    No maintenance required for platform software Yes

    Official VMs and Docker images are refreshed weekly, include popular OSS tools out-of-the-box


    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


    CLI limited to viewing workflow results

    Declarative configuration of services Yes

    Supported via CLI

    Machine & Operating System support
    Multiple machine types in cloud model Yes

    Wide choice of CPU, memory, and disk space configurations

    Linux Yes Yes
    macOS Yes Yes

    max 5 parallel jobs on standard plans

    ARM Yes

    Supported in self-hosted model


    Supported in self-hosted model

    Windows Yes

    Supported in self-hosted model


    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.

    Debugging feedback loop Yes

    Fast debugging via SSH access to both running and finished jobs.


    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.

    Automatic and manual promotions Yes

    Chain pipelines together for any CD workflow (blue/green, canary, etc).

    Deployment dashboards Yes

    See which versions of all your applications have been deployed to which environment.

    Parameterized promotions Yes

    Define custom forms to parameterize CD pipelines.

    Deployment queues Yes

    Control which pipelines must run sequentially to prevent conflict and which may run in parallel.

    Top-of-market performance Yes

    25%-100% faster than GitHub Actions workflows, depending on project

    Autoscaling parallelism Yes

    serverless model


    with hard limits depending on plan

    Allocate more CPUs and RAM to complex jobs Yes

    change one line of configuration

    Scalable dependency cache Yes

    Yes, 9.6GB upgradeable on request, expires after 30 days


    10GB hard limit, expires after 7 days

    Built-in artifacts store Yes Yes
    Built-in Docker registry Yes Yes
    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