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Keep your secrets
out of GitLab

GitGuardian’s automated secrets detection and remediation integrates security into your DevOps lifecycle. Plug GitGuardian into GitLab and enforce security policies across all your source code repositories and CI pipelines.

  • %ndet%+ supported types of secrets and sensitive files
  • Historical scanning & real-time protection
  • Native integration with GitHub
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Why is GitGuardian better than
GitLab Secret Detection?

We bring Dev. Sec. and Ops.


Set up pre-commit Git hooks and catch hardcoded secrets before you push your work.


Act on high-fidelity alerts and empower your developers to remediate their own incidents.

Devops & sres

Harden your CI/CD pipelines with automated secrets scanning and never deploy a secret again.

How do we compare to
GitLab Secret Detection?


GitLab Secret Detection

Automated detection


GitLab Secret Detection


%ndet%+ types of secrets supported with high accuracy level provided by the ability to check the validity of some type of keys before raising an alert

90+ secret detection patterns based on the rulesets and key types of open-source tool GitLeaks.


• 22 sensitive filenames detected (ex: id_rsa, .env)
• 14 file extensions detected (ex: .key, .cert)
• enforce the presence of .gitignore files

Not supported

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SDLC stages scanning


GitLab Secret Detection

Git Hooks

Supported through GitGuardian CLI app "ggshield", for teams fully embracing Shift Left | Works for Pre-commit, Pre-push, Pre-receive

Supported via customization

Docker image scanning

Yes, scanning covers Dockerfile, build arguments, and the image's layers' filesystem

Not supported

CI pipelines

Yes, runs with GitHub Actions, GitLab pipelines, Bitbucket pipelines, Azure pipelines, Jenkins CI, Circle CI, Drone CI, and Travis CI.

Limited to GitLab CI/CD

VCS integration (multi VCS)

Yes, Integrates natively with GitLab, GitHub, and Bitbucket.

No, limited to GitLab

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User Interface


GitLab Secret Detection

Developer and Security collaboration

“Developer in the loop” feature (scoped access to the dashboard for developers), GitGuardian is also compatible with GitLab pipelines via gg-shield

Developers can view pipelines’ security tab and reports in the Merge Request widget. Only available with GitLab Ultimate plan.

User interface/ dashboard

Yes, rich UI with centralized metrics to assess security posture over time and remediation performance.

Limited, through the Security dashboard. ‍Only available with GitLab Ultimate plan.

Roles and permissions

Yes, runs with GitHub Actions, GitLab pipelines, Bitbucket pipelines, Azure pipelines, Jenkins CI, Circle CI, Drone CI, and Travis CI

No dedicated roles for Security Engineers

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These folks also get it.
Here’s what they have to say

GitGuardian has absolutely supported our shift-left strategy. We want all of our security tools to be at the source code level and preferably running immediately upon commit. GitGuardian supports that. We get a lot of information on every secret that gets committed, so we know the history of a secret.

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Anonymous reviewer, DevSecOps Engineer

Time to remediation is now in minutes or hours, whereas it used to take days or weeks previously. That's the biggest improvement. Because it is automated and visible to the author, someone from the security team doesn't have to remind them or recheck it. That means the slowdown in the deployment process has definitely been improved by an order of magnitude. There is easily a 30-hour improvement on time to remediation, which is about an 85 percent improvement.

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Danny, Chief Software Architect

Go Beyond GitLab Secret Detection

Understand how GitGuardian compares with GITLAB SECRET DETECTION,
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