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Compare Private Packagist with Satis

Thinking about setting up a basic Satis installation? The following list can help you decide if you should try out Private Packagist instead.

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Private Packagist

Satis

Reliability

Highly available setup, Private Packagist uses redundant servers and runs in multiple geographical regions.

Satis is self-hosted, so reliability is up to you. Running multiple servers in multiple locations just to host your Satis may get quite expensive.

Security

Supports user accounts, teams and access control on a per-package basis. Users and permissions can be synchronized with GitHub, Bitbucket or GitLab.

No concept of authentication and you will need to build and maintain your own authentication mechanism.

Mirroring

Automatically mirror packages when you require them.

Manually add every package you want to mirror to its config file.

Package Updates

Supports webhooks to update package information and find new versions immediately when you push code.

Run a command to re-generate all JSON metadata which takes a long time with many packages, and is usually run as a cron command only a few times per hour.

Maintenance

  • No need to maintain a web server (potentially a load balancer, CDN for file downloads etc)
  • Automatic updates
  • Synchronizations with GitHub, Bitbucket and GitLab for effort-less configuration of user permissions and access.
  • Web based user interface with permissions for all other configuration

  • Maintain your own web server
  • Update Satis config file every time you add or modify a package.
  • Developers need access to the satis configuration file to manually add packages.

Third Party Integrations

Integrates with Github, Bitbucket and Gitlab to automatically find packages and to configure webhooks. Automatic synchronization for user accounts to match your VCS.

You need to manually copy and paste URL around.

Separate Composer repository with separate authentication tokens for each client project.

Not supported, you would need to build your own tool to manage many Satis installations and authentication.

Separate Composer repository URL and unique token for each customer who you want to sell packages to.

Not supported, you would need to build your own tool to manage many Satis installations and authentication.

Please note that the above comparison assumes you will use Satis without additional code changes. You can build features available in Private Packagist yourself on top of Satis and you can build the infrastructure to support high availability, but the time and cost to do so will be significant. Using Private Packagist is usually the more cost effective solution for you and your team. Moreover by using Private Packagist, you'll help fund the Composer open-source project and the public Packagist.org package repository.

You can easily import your Satis configuration file into Private Packagist. Do you have any questions or are you missing anything?

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