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Migrate your CI/CD from Jenkins to Semaphore

Migrate your CI/CD from Jenkins to Semaphore

Join thousands of engineering teams who have made the switch from Jenkins to Semaphore. With Semaphore, you can:

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

    Download the comparison of Semaphore vs. Jenkins

    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 clutter-free UI and effective pipeline visualizations, Semaphore helps every engineer to get on board 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’s auto-scaling cloud solution that can also go hybrid, all maintenance goes through the window. Your team can 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 optimization features built right in Semaphore. Developers fall in love with their work again.

    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fragmented, with each team having their unique instance with challenges that include brittle configuration and outdated plugins.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, CI/CD configuration is stored as code, runs on cloud native, iOS, and Android environments, and comes with 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 P., Principal Software Engineer

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    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 S., Software Engineer

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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.

    — Cezar A., CEO

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    Compare Semaphore vs. Jenkins

      Semaphore Jenkins
    Product type
    SaaS Yes

    SaaS with autoscaling resources

    Hybrid Yes

    Hybrid: run Semaphore agents on customer-managed infrastructure, use cloud-based UI

    Fully on-premises No 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

    Alpha support

    Gitlab support No


    Standardized product Yes

    All users use the same product maintained by Semaphore


    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

    Standardized configuration language Yes

    Declarative YAML configuration for all features


    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


    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


    End user maintains individual plugins with varying release cycles and support

    Declarative configuration of services Yes

    Supported via CLI

    Hot upgrades without downtime Yes

    Use new product features as soon as they are released


    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


    Depends on user’s choice and plugins

    Autoscaling parallelism Yes

    serverless model


    Manually add/remove machines and installations to scale capacity

    Allocate more CPUs and RAM to complex jobs Yes

    change one line of configuration


    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 direct SSH access to job environment, only log inspection

    Permission management
    Mirror permissions from GitHub Yes

    via official GitHub App


    All users given full access by default

    Role-based access Yes

    Admins can limit access to deployment, secrets


    Manual setup of permissions

    Okta / SAML for LDAP integration No

    Only SaaS version supports Okta


    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 No

    Coming in Q4/2021


    No standard certification available, varying levels of security for OSS plugins, must be audited accordingly

    SOC 2 certificate 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

    Case studies

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