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Sonatype Nexus Repository vs. GitLab

Sonatype Nexus Repository (available in both OSS and Pro) is a part of the Sonatype Nexus suite. Other products are Nexus Lifecycle, Nexus Auditor, Nexus Firewall, Nexus Platform, and the Nexus Intelligence service.

Both Sonatype and GitLab offer a binary artifact repository and container registery, but Sonatype currently offers a support for more package types.

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Built-in Container Registry

GitLab Container Registry is a secure and private registry for Docker images. It allows for easy upload and download of images from GitLab CI. It is fully integrated with Git repository management.

Documentation on Container Registry

Full Binary Repository

A binary repository is a software repository for packages, artifacts and their corresponding metadata. It can be used to store binary files produced by an organization itself, such as product releases and nightly product builds, or for third party binaries which must be treated differently for both technical and legal reasons.

https://docs.gitlab.com/ee/administration/packages.html

Docker image support

Supports storage and retreival of Docker style containers.

Learn more about the GitLab container registry

Container registry webhooks

Trigger actions after a successful push to a registry to integrate Docker Hub with other services.

Learn more about GitLab registry webhooks

Container registry high availability

Highly available through the use of multiple replicas of all containers and metadata such that if a machine fails, the regitry continues to operate and can be repaired.

Learn more about GitLab high availability

Container registry geographic replication

Supports distributed teams by running multiple registry instances across several regions and syncing between data centers.

Learn more about GitLab replication

Supports private container registries

Offers the ability to have private container registries and repositories

Learn more about GitLab private container registries

SaaS container registry offering

The container registry ia available as a software service.

Learn more about the container registry available on GitLab.com

Self-managed container registry offering

Container registry which is available to be self-installed and self-managed in an organizations data center, co-hosted, or in a chosen cloud provider.

Learn more about self-installing GitLab

Use container registry through REST API

Enables support for automation and integration of container registry through a REST API.

View the GitLab issue.

Helm chart repository support

Supports storage and retreival of Helm charts.

View the GitLab issue.

Maven Repository

GitLab’s Maven repository makes it easier to publish and share Java libraries across an organization, and ensure dependencies are managed correctly. It is fully integrated with GitLab, including authentication and authorization.

Documentation on the Maven Repository

NPM Registry

GitLab’s NPM repository makes it easier to publish and share NPM packages across an organization, and ensure dependencies are managed correctly. It is fully integrated with GitLab, including authentication and authorization.

Documentation on the NPM Registry

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