Buildkite vs. CircleCI

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Buildkite
Score 9.7 out of 10
N/A
Buildkite is a CI and build automation tool that combines the power of the user's own build infrastructure with the convenience of a managed, centralized web UI.
$9
per month per user
CircleCI
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
CircleCI is a software delivery engine from the company of the same name in San Francisco, that helps teams ship software faster, offering their platform for Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD). Ultimately, the solution helps to map every source of change for software teams, so they can accelerate innovation and growth.
$0
per month
Pricing
BuildkiteCircleCI
Editions & Modules
Team
$9
per month per user
Business
$19
per month per user
Enterprise
$35
per month per user
Free
$0
per month
Performance
$30
per month
Server
$35
per month
Scale
Custom Pricing
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BuildkiteCircleCI
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
BuildkiteCircleCI
Considered Both Products
Buildkite
Chose Buildkite
Buildkite was easy to use and setup while comparing Circle CI or GitHub. Additionally Buildkite was very affordable for teams while comparing GitHub plans
CircleCI

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Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Best Alternatives
BuildkiteCircleCI
Small Businesses
GitLab
GitLab
Score 8.8 out of 10
GitLab
GitLab
Score 8.8 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
GitLab
GitLab
Score 8.8 out of 10
GitLab
GitLab
Score 8.8 out of 10
Enterprises
GitLab
GitLab
Score 8.8 out of 10
GitLab
GitLab
Score 8.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
BuildkiteCircleCI
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(26 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
7.8
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
6.9
(6 ratings)
User Testimonials
BuildkiteCircleCI
Likelihood to Recommend
Buildkite
I would definitely recommend Buildkite for anyone who needs a decent CI solution for 50+ on AWS instance without paying huge amount for AWS Build and code deploy tools.
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CircleCI
CircleCI is perfect for a CI/CD pipeline for an app using a standard build process. It'll take more work for a complex build process, but should still be up to the task unless you need a lot of integrations with other tools. If you have a big team and can spare someone to focus full time on just the CI/CD tools, maybe something like Jenkins is better, but if you're just looking to get your app built, tested, and delivered without a huge amount of effort, CircleCI is probably your preferred tool.
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Pros
Buildkite
  • CI Solution
  • Notification
  • Configuration
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CircleCI
  • Multiple builds can be run at the same time in parallel.
  • The CircleCI web interface (UI/UX) is very easy to understand and use.
  • Easy Configuration to learn and use. Just a single configuration YAML file.
  • Many integrations. We use the GItHub, Slack, and DataDog integrations.
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Cons
Buildkite
  • Integration can be improved
  • Cost reporting can be impoved
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CircleCI
  • The "phases" their config file uses to separate out options seem very arbitrary and are not very helpful for organizing your config file
  • No way that I know of to configure which version of MongoDB you use. You have to write your own shell script to download and start MongoDB if you want a specific version.
  • Hard to access build artifacts in the UI
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Usability
Buildkite
No answers on this topic
CircleCI
CircleCI interface is awesome in that it is relatively modern and makes it clear exactly which parts of the engineering lifecycle you are in
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Performance
Buildkite
No answers on this topic
CircleCI
It's pretty snappy, even with using workflows with multiple steps and different docker images. I've seen builds take a long time if it's really involved, but from what I can tell, it's still at least on par if not faster than other build tools.
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Support Rating
Buildkite
No answers on this topic
CircleCI
Unless you have a reasonably large account, you're going to be mainly stuck reading their documentation. Which has improved somewhat over the years but is still extremely limited compared to a platform like Digital Ocean who invested in the documentation and a community to ensure it's kept up to date. If you can't find your answer there, you can be stuck.
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Alternatives Considered
Buildkite
Buildkite was easy to use and setup while comparing Circle CI or GitHub. Additionally Buildkite was very affordable for teams while comparing GitHub plans
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CircleCI
Circle was the first CI with simple setup, great documentation, and tight integration with GitHub. Using Jenkins was too much maintenance and overhead, TeamCity was limited in how we could customize it and run concurrent builds, TravisCI was not available for private repos when we switched.
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Return on Investment
Buildkite
  • Faster Build time
  • Increased productivity
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CircleCI
  • It has eased the burden of standardizing our testing and deployment, making onboarding new developers much faster, and having to fix deployment mistakes much less often.
  • It allows us to focus our process around the GitHub workflow, ignoring the details of whatever environment the thing we're working on is actually hosted in. This saves us time.
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