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Semaphore


5 / 5
9 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

From individuals working on their project(s), agencies working for their clients to big companies with up to several dozens of developers.


Average Ratings

9 Reviews

  • 5 / 5
    Overall

  • 5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $20.00/month
  • Pricing Details
    Autoscale and pay only what you use.
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • Rendered Text
  • semaphoreci.com
  • Founded 2009
  • Serbia

About Semaphore

The fastest CI/CD solution there is. Easily automate the process of software testing in the cloud and deploy more often in a unified workflow. Automate any continuous delivery pipeline. Get complete control with customizable stages, parallel execution, control flow switches, secrets and dependency management. Autoscale and pay only what you use.


Semaphore Features

  • Build Log
  • Change Management
  • Configuration Management
  • Continuous Delivery
  • Continuous Deployment
  • Debugging
  • Permission Management
  • Quality Assurance Management
  • Testing Management

Semaphore Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Semaphore 2.0 - What a blast of speed

Feb 01, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The speed. Good heavens, the speed. We have a number of projects, some of which involve some rather extensive database manipulations involving using schema. Unfortunately, this precludes parallelising our test suite, which has led to a steadily growing issue with slow specs. Whilst we optimised the specs as much as we can, reaching the point where a test run takes in excess of an hour and a half is still a very dour prospect.

Enter Semaphore - we tried it out as an experiment, and have quickly moved some of our bulkiest projects over. The hardware is a massive improvement, test run times have been halved, and in some cases do even better than that.

Better still, their support staff and engineering team are... Frankly, stunning. Support queries, even involving challenging and unusual setups are rapidly responded to, and often get passed to engineers and similar who are able to help you - unlike certain other CI providers who leave you hanging out with Bill from customer service, a nice enough bloke, but lacking the technical competence to actually solve issues.

Whilst there are still some features that they are missing (auto-cancellation of specs, for example), they're rapidly building them out at an impressive pace - I have no doubts that they'll have every reasonably conceivable feature and then some in the near future.

Finally, bare-metal hardware and the bare-bones linux vms with their helpful array of docker images for services are fast, easy and simple to use.

Cons: Semaphore 2.0 is still fairly new, so some of the Semaphore 1 features have yet to make the jump. In addition, there are some nice to have features they didn't have when we signed up - but they took the feedback to heart and kept us up to date on their progress building them o

Overall: We've gone from full, congested CI pipelines, with our machines positively clogged with teams waiting for slow or large test suites to finish consuming all the available slots on deploy day... Then having machines sit idle for hours on end during the rest of the week.

This particular scheduling nightmare has since disappeared, and even test suites which can be optimised no further have benefited from a massive boost in speed.

Vendor Response

by Rendered Text on February 05, 2019

Thank you very much for the review. We really appreciate it!

Capterra loader

Incredible Speed, Simple UI, Best-in-class Customer Support

Oct 31, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: - Builds are FAST. The bare-bones Linux container used has plenty of power and our builds are completing 2-3x or more faster than TravisCI, JenkinsCI, and equivalents.

- Building in 'Secrets' (config files, SSH keys, environment variables etc) is straightforward and really powerful

- UI is simple and intuitive

- Customer Support has got to the best I have encountered with a cloud provider of any kind. Seriously, we have seen 2 hour response times on a basic support plan, including custom gists being written for us for specific use cases turned around in that time. I am so impressed at the speed and quality of support and I cannot imagine competitors are even close in this regard.

Cons: - Docker image caching on a dedicated disk would speed up our Docker builds substantially, but other than that I have no complaints or suggestions.

Overall: If you are picking a CI tool, pick Semaphore. If you are considering moving from an existing CI tool, or even if you aren't, strongly consider Semaphore. Our experience has been nothing but positive, and the support alone sets it apart from the pack.

Capterra loader

Great

Oct 11, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Semaphore is very easy to integrate, offers exactly the UI feedback I want, and shows what's going on in a remarkably simple way. It's clear they spend a lot of hours working on making sure the product is both high quality and easy to use. One of the best parts is how little I need to intervene, which is exactly the mark of a well-run CI product.

Cons: I have little to no complaints. Any issue I've had I've never had more than once - if one user finds a problem they fix it for all users very quickly.

Overall: We use Semaphore for our CI / CD pipeline. It allows us to ensure everyone is contributing code quickly and with the confidence that things aren't breaking.

Great CI/CD tool

Oct 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: - Simple and very quick to set up. We had our first deployments working to stage and production environments within a couple of hours.

- Easy to use. We have over 70 projects in Semaphore which are deployed to our staging and production environments.

- Very flexible configurations. We use it to deploy to AWS Lambdas, AWS Ops Works, and Serverless SPAs to S3.

- Helpful support team. They are knowledgable about the product, and offered extra capacity free of charge when we were setting up all our projects.

Cons: - Limited implementation of deployment pipelines.

- The Project UI can sometimes be confusing to see what has been deployed to each environment.

Overall: Semaphore are a great company to work with. Always responsive and helpful.

Capterra loader

Integration is Effortless

Oct 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Semaphore is a very nice CI service that has helped my team over the years. As a long time user, I can say that Semaphore has made my life a lot easier by providing effortless integration, a user friendly UI, and awesome customer support.

Cons: There was a time when my team considered removing our semaphore integration because it can be costly for multiple projects.

Overall: Semaphore is my favorite CI service. I have also integrated it with my personal projects because it's really easy to use.

Capterra loader

Great service that helps the development team

Oct 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: We tried a few different CI services and Semaphore was by far the easiest to setup. When the tests worked in development, they worked on Semaphore. With other services this was not always the case.

Another great feature is that you can spread out your testing suite over a few different servers that carry out the test suite in parallel, saving time.

Wonderful is also the auto-deploy feature that deploys green builds to AWS.

Cons: When choosing a lot of parallel boxes to run your tests it can get quiet costly.

Overall: With Semaphore you can make continuous deployment a reality.

Best tool for your CI/CD needs

Feb 10, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: pipelines visualization, easy debug, per-second pricing, great tooling

Cons: couldn't find any, not considering it as cons, but as a suggestion - would be nice to have a one-click way to configure notifications in project settings, not from cli.

Overall: I'd be just as happy with Semaphore Classic if it provided a way to keep the workflow in config files.

But seeing how well the workflow is streamlined in Semaphore 2.0, I couldn't be more happier.

Really, I've enjoyed the schematic display of the pipelines and especially appreciated the ease with which I could do introspections by jumping into jobs over SSH, and with good cli tooling no less.

Also, per-second pricing came as huge surprise. It's a big deal for me as I always end up paying for something I enjoy but don't use as much to justify the spending. (it's important for bootstrapping companies)

Vendor Response

by Rendered Text on February 13, 2019

Thank you for the review and the feedback. Happy building!

Semaphore is good for those that want bang for the buck

Nov 26, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Semaphore is easy to set up and flexible. Setting up CI/CD pipeline is simple to set up and works well.

Cons: No incremental pricing options. On the yearly subscription plan it would be nice to have the option to pay for more servers for one month without having to bump up to the next subscription level.

Overall: We moved onto Semaphore over a year ago and have been happy with the service. Customer service has been responsive and we have seen an effort to improve the service as a whole.

Great CI Service

Oct 05, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: It's really simple yet powerfull and configurable.

Cons: API missing statistics about boxes performance. Still it's a very nice and complete API