Best 5 CI CD tools You Must Know | 2021

Posted on Jan 20, 2021
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One must strike the right balance between speed and quality.

In order to accelerate delivery speed and make sure of product quality, Company’s are making their move towards DevOps methodologies and Agile culture. 

In DevOps continuous integration and continuous delivery is the backbone that ensures speedy and bug free delivery possible.

A CI CD tool is pre requisite for speedy and bug free delivery.

A “good” CI/CD tool can sway teams’ current workflow, to best exploit the automation feature and create a solid CI/CD pipeline, and give teams the boost they need to thrive. If you are new to CI/CD, please check out this blog.

The market is saturated right now with different flavors of CI/CD tooling and it can be overwhelming when trying to choose the right tool for your use case. I’m hoping to lend some clarity by providing analysis of some of the most popular CI/CD tools in 2021 and what the best use case is for each. 

I’m not looking to crown a winner here, but hopefully I can help narrow down your choices.

  1. CircleCi 

CircleCi is a full featured CI/CD tool that will likely meet the needs of your organization. 

CircleCi has gained popularity over recent years as a low barrier to entry CI/CD tool. You’ll get everything you need here at a reasonable price.

You can integrate CircleCi with GitHub, and Bitbucket to create builds when new code lines are committed.

CircleCI key features:

  • Integrates with Bitbucket, GitHub, and GitHub Enterprise
  • Runs builds using a container or virtual machine
  • Easy debugging
  • Quick tests
  • Personalized email, and IM notifications
  • Continuous and branch-specific deployment
  • Customizable
  • Automated merging and custom commands for package uploading

License: Linux plans start with the option to run one job without parallelism at no charge. Open-source projects get three additional free containers. During signup, you will see the pricing to decide which plan(s) you need. CircleCi plans starts at $39.


  1. BuildPan 

BuildPan is a CI CD tool automating the mobile app development process.

It encourages rapid software development and publishing. BuildPan allows automation across the user’s pipeline, from code building, testing to deployment.

You can integrate BuildPan with GitHub and Bitbucket to create builds when new code lines are committed. BuildPan also hosts continuous integration under the cloud-managed option or runs behind a firewall on private infrastructure.

BuildPan key features:

  • Simple and user-friendly interface
  • Supports notification on the build status
  • No Hardware required.
  • Fast setup and unlimited builds
  • Personalized email, and IM notifications
  • Effortless Deployment
  • AI Beta Testing 
  • Auto bug detection 
  • Deploy apps on iTunes & Google play store

License: Buildpan is a cloud based CI/CD tool automating iOS and Android app development. Platform is initially free for 200 mins then the pricing is $0.05/min of buildtime.



  1. Jenkins 

Jenkins is an open-source automation server in which the build and continuous integration process take place.

With hundreds of plugins available, Jenkins supports building, deploying, and automating for software development projects.

Key features of Jenkins 

  • Easy installation and upgrade 
  • Simple and user-friendly interface
  • Extensible with huge community-contributed plugin resource
  • Easy environment configuration in the user interface
  • Supports distributed builds with master-slave architecture
  • Build schedules based on expressions
  • Supports notification on the build status

License: Free. Jenkins is an open-source tool with an active community.



  1. Bamboo

Bamboo is a continuous integration server that automates the management of software application releases, thus creating a continuous delivery pipeline. 

Bamboo covers building and functional testing, assigning versions, tagging releases, deploying and activating new versions on production.

Bamboo key features:

  • Supports up to 100 remote build agents 
  • Run batches of tests in parallel and get feedback quickly
  • Creates images and pushes into a registry
  • Per-environment permissions that allow developers and testers to deploy to their environments on-demand while the production stays locked down
  • Detects new branches in Git, Mercurial, SVN Repos and applies the main line’s CI scheme to them automatically

License: Bamboo plan start at $10 


  1. TeamCity 

TeamCity is a continuous integration and build management server. 

TeamCity is a continuous integration tool that helps building and deploying different types of projects. TeamCity runs in a Java environment and integrates with Visual Studio and IDEs. 

TeamCity can be installed on both Windows and Linux servers, supports.

TeamCity key features:

  • Runs parallel builds simultaneously on different environments
  • Enables running history builds, viewing test history reports, pinning, tagging, and adding builds to favorites
  • Provides multiple ways to reuse settings and configurations of the parent project to the subproject
  • Keeps the CI server functional and stable 
  • Easy to customize, interact, and extend the server.

License: TeamCity is a commercial tool with both free and proprietary licenses.



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