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CircleCI Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

CircleCI product overview

Price starts from

0

Per month

Flat Rate

What is CircleCI?

CircleCI is the world’s largest shared continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform, and the central hub where code moves from idea to delivery. As one of the most-used DevOps tools that processes more than 1 million builds a day, CircleCI has unique access to data on how engineering teams work, and how their code runs. Companies like Spotify, Coinbase, Stitch Fix, and BuzzFeed use us to improve engineering team productivity, release better products, and get to market faster.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

Phone Support
Email/Help Desk
Chat
FAQs/Forum
Knowledge Base
24/7 (Live rep)

Training options

Videos
Webinars
Live Online
In Person
Documentation

CircleCI pricing information

Value for money

4.2

/5

78

Starting from

0

Per month

Flat Rate

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

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CircleCI features

Functionality

4.5

/5

78

Total features

38

5 categories

Most valued features by users

API
Access Controls/Permissions
Reporting/Analytics
Dashboard
Collaboration Tools
Compliance Management
Security Management
Compatibility Testing

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CircleCI users reviews

Overall Rating

4.5

/5

78

Positive reviews

Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8.4/10
Rating distribution

5

4

3

2

1

44

32

2

0

0

Pros
The great configurational freedom to the user makes it suitable for any and all kinds of applications. The step by step view provided is very helpful UI to track the whole process.
It provides many useful features, and I can use most of them with a free plan. Customer service is also excellent.
Excellent customer service support and ease of use. There is also a constant update on the product based on feedback which is not common with most products.
Cons
Writing the code in YAML is required which you have to learn and get familiarity to start working with this tool. Documentation is documented very badly.
We are still fighting to get docker-compose to support cache but we know how hard is to enable caching on docker layers.
If you need to build on MacOS, you'll need to pay a high price and get limited build time.

Overall rating contenders

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Good for CI/CD and also for automating smaller tasks

Reviewed 5 months ago

We use CircleCI for our CI/CD pipeline almost every single day. It manages and runs automated tests for all the remote branches, so we can catch issues before they escalate. When ever something gets merged into our dev, staging or master branches, it auto tests, builds and deploy all the infrastructure with Terraform and pushes the newer version to docker.

Pros

The pipelines can be broken into different steps, which makes debugging, managing and approving individual phases way easier. Also, looking at the logs and being able to share static permalinks to them is quite useful when you have larger teams. We all can see the progress of the building pipelines in real time and can debug and manage them. Great tool over all.

Cons

Sometimes it fails and doesn't immediately let's you go to debug the issue. Also, some settings for the VMs are tricky to set up right.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great once you're all set up

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

- Easy to understand yaml config format - Integration with GitHub - Workflows for powerful deployment and release strategies - Good community support

Cons

- I am not the biggest fan of the recent UI update. If the "expand" toggle is set to true, everything jumps resulting in me clicking things unintentionally. - Many of us have workflows that we do not use on every push (e.g. deploying to testing). With the next UI changes, the UI has a timer column which is always updating, why??? - Why can't I select a default project? When I now browse to circleci, I always have to select a project. Most developers only ever work on one project at a time, let us choose one!

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend4/10

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Does the job, but lacking in features

Reviewed 3 months ago
Pros

It's relatively simple to get started. I like that you can pick between Docker and VMs. It integrates with GitHub nicely.

Cons

The Docker in Docker paradigm doesn't work for us since we use containers. We end up using VMs anyways. I think the configuration language is not that great to use and can quickly get unwieldy for larger CI workflows (especially when repeating jobs with different parameters). There are also outages at least once a quarter.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Best in class continuous integration

Reviewed 2 months ago

My go-to on every SAAS product. Delivers the goods everytime.

Pros

It is incredibly easy to get started, you can be integrated in hours and from then on its a consistent reliable platform for all your CI needs.

Cons

As test suites grow and parallelization becomes important it can get awfully expensive. I still use it on every project but I was at a prior company where we racked up bills in the thousands a month without really trying for not that big a product. This was definitely due to some poor planning but CircleCI makes it easy to land yourself in that kind of situation if you're not careful.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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One of the top CI/CD service

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

With a Github/Bitbucket account, it is easy to setup the CircleCI account. It automatically detects all the repositories. We can easily add the configuration file and start using the pipelines. Various customisation and parallelisation options are provided. Lot of possibilities for automation and customisation. Overall a good product.

Cons

It was bit of a hassle to start first, the configuration were not very easy. Also struggled a bit to manage various Github organisations. Once easy and setup, it's easy and fast.

CircleCI FAQs and common questions

Q. What type of pricing plans does CircleCI offer?

CircleCI has the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $0.00/month
Pricing model: Free, Subscription
Free Trial: Available


Q. Who are the typical users of CircleCI?

CircleCI has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business


Q. What languages does CircleCI support?

CircleCI supports the following languages:
English, Japanese


Q. Does CircleCI support mobile devices?

CircleCI supports the following devices:
Android, iPad, iPhone


Q. Does CircleCI offer an API?

Yes, CircleCI has an API available for use.


Q. What level of support does CircleCI offer?

CircleCI offers the following support options:
Phone Support, Email/Help Desk, Chat, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, 24/7 (Live rep)

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