Migrate your CI/CD from Jenkins to Semaphore

  • Modernize aging code delivery processes
  • Accelerate deployment frequency with faster builds
  • Free up developers’ time for more valuable work

Speed up the feedback loop from idea to customer and back again

Remove obstacles to continuous delivery

With Jenkins, CI/CD is a black box locked in a silo. Without access, it’s hard for developers to focus on quality, shorten test cycles, and ensure safe deployment. With Semaphore, you get:

  • Clutter-free UI
  • Effective pipeline visualizations
  • Help getting on board
  • Support with continuous testing and deployment

Eliminate non-differentiating heavy lifting

There are entire books written about running Jenkins, and for a reason. It’s free to use but puts the burden of managing, securing, and scaling CI/CD squarely on your team. With Semaphore, you get:

  • auto-scaling or hybrid cloud solution
  • No maintenance
  • More focus on building great products

Increase developer productivity & happiness

The data is in: after switching to Semaphore, an average team of a dozen engineers saves over 500 human hours per month (see whitepaper). The reason? Faster builds, infinite on-demand capacity to test in parallel, and smart pipeline.

  • Saves over 500 human hours per month (see whitepaper)
  • Faster builds
  • infinite on-demand capacity to test in parallel
  • smart pipeline optimization features

Standardize CI/CD across teams and projects

Jenkins adoption is typically fragmented, with each team having their unique instance with challenges that include brittle configuration and outdated plugins. With Semaphore, you get:

  • CI/CD configuration is stored as code
  • runs on cloud native, iOS, and Android environments
  • centralized permission management

“I’ve been doing CI/CD for more than 15 years. Semaphore is hands-down the best product I’ve used. An incredibly flexible platform, but without the open-ended bloat of Jenkins. It’s extremely intuitive and easy to navigate.”

Ben Peterson, Principle Software Engineer

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Compare Semaphore vs. Jenkins

  Semaphore Jenkins
Product type
SaaS SaaS with autoscaling resources No
Hybrid Hybrid: run Semaphore agents on customer-managed infrastructure, use cloud-based UI Yes
Fully on-premises Yes Fully hosted and configured by the end user
Standard project set up a in a few clicks Yes. Authenticate with Git provider, select repository, import repository as project Provision machines for CI/CD, install Jenkins on them, install plugins for Git integration and any additional functionality
GitHub support Yes Yes
Bitbucket support Yes Yes
Gitlab support Pending Yes
Standardized product Yes. All users use the same product maintained by Semaphore No. Piece together functionality from plugins with varying syntax, documentation, and best practices
Graphical pipeline configuration Yes. Workflow Builder: point-and-click interface to create and edit pipelines No
Standardized configuration language Yes. Declarative YAML configuration for all features No. Multiple DSLs: pipelines are defined in one of two Groovy-based domain specific languages, one for simple declarative tasks, and one for more complex scripting.
Command-line interface Yes. CLI can manage projects and do everything the UI can. No. CLI limited to managing Jenkins instances
Ease of Maintenance
No maintenance required for hardware Yes No. End user maintains the machines
No maintenance required for platform software Yes. Official VMs and Docker images are refreshed weekly, include popular OSS tools out-of-the-box No. Requires dedicated person / team (SPOF)
No maintenance required for user-facing product Yes. All UI, including real-time and historical pipeline visualizations, logs, and test results is made and continuously improved by Semaphore No. End user maintains individual plugins with varying release cycles and support
Declarative configuration of services Yes. Supported via CLI No
Hot upgrades without downtime Yes. Use new product features as soon as they are released No. Troubleshoot plugins for interoperability and deal with breaking changes
Operating system support
Linux, macOS Yes Yes. Jenkins can run anywhere but end user must assemble their own hardware and software stack
Windows, ARM Yes. Via self-hosted agents  
Guaranteed desktop-grade performance Yes. In SaaS version

No. Depends on user’s choice and plugins
Autoscaling parallelism Yes. Serverless model No. Manually add/remove machines and installations to scale capacity
Allocate more CPUs and RAM to complex jobs Yes. Change one line of configuration No. Manually tweak plugins or upgrade machines to increase performance
Each job runs in a pristine, isolated environment Yes No. Jobs share disk space which may cause issues
Scalable dependency cache Yes No
Built-in artifacts store Yes No
Built-in Docker registry Yes 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
Permission management
Mirror permissions from GitHub Yes. Via official GitHub App No. All users given full access by default
Role-based access Yes. Admins can limit access to deployment, secrets No. Manual setup of permissions
Okta / SAML for LDAP integration No. Only SaaS version supports Okta Yes. Okta / SAML for LDAP supported via plugin
Declarative configuration of permissions No No
Application-level security Yes No. Single-layer of security around the fleet of Jenkins machines
Runtime isolation Yes No. Additional security created must be created manually
IP allow list Yes No. Depends on end user configuration
Audit logs Yes Yes. Available via plugin
ISO 27001 certificate Yes No. No standard certification available, varying levels of security for OSS plugins, must be audited accordingly
SOC 2 certificate No. Pending No
Email-based account and technical support Yes No
Video call support Yes No
Support SLAs Yes No
Custom solution engineering Yes No
Dedicated customer success manager Yes No
Private Slack channel Yes No
Licensing model    
  SaaS subscription: Semaphore provides a typical cloud computing pay-as-you-go plan and Enterprise plans with per-seat price Jenkins is open source and free to use, but lack of support and maintenance add to total cost of ownership

“We eliminated waiting times at the end of each sprint, which were usually very challenging as we deploy a lot of changes on the last day, with Semaphore’s automatic CI scaling. We are now paying 38% of what we would be paying somewhere else and experience is great.”

Krzysztof Szromek, CTO @ Exlabs

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“It may seem that Jenkins is cheaper than Semaphore. But, after a while, the benefits are very clear: your team becomes more efficient.”

César Luiz dos Anjos, CEO na Asseinfo

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Case studies

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