ProGet vs. GitHub Packages
GitHub is great for source control, but it’s no package server. Learn how ProGet is better and a more secure developer experience.
Dedicated package server to procure, inspect, and distribute open-source packages, as well as packages you create with any tool.
Basic “add on” to GitHub repositories, designed only to store packages that you create with GitHub Actions.
Can ProGet replace GitHub Package Repositories?
Definitely! ProGet has all of the features of GitHub Packages plus lots more. You can easily integrate GitHub Actions with ProGet, and then publish and consume within your organization, or with the entire world.
ProGet will also proxy packages from public repositories like NuGet.org or npmjs.org, so you can restrict usage to what’s been approved for your organization.
Can ProGet work with GitHub Packages?
Yes. You can use connectors to aggregate GitHub Packages repositories from different projects and organizations to create a centralized feed in ProGet. You can then easily consume packages on GitHub Actions, Visual Studio, npm, BuildMaster, and other tools to easily consume this single source.
GitHub Packages are designed just to store the packages you create with your GitHub Actions. For small, hobby projects this is typically enough. But for teams, here’s why an enterprise-grade package repository like ProGet is a must-have.
ProGet Centralizes “Approved Packages”
Since GitHub Packages has only one feed per project, this is not possible to accomplish.
ProGet automatically scans packages for licenses and vulnerabilities
ProGet automatically discovers vulnerabilities and unwanted license agreements in packages. You can then block package usage by automatically assessing vulnerabilities based on the CVE Score or your team’s manual assessment as well as packages with unwanted licenses (such as GPL-3) so that developers don’t accidentally incorporate them into a new project.
GitHub Package Repositories doesn’t have those capabilities, and Dependabot creates more work for developers.
Analyze active releases for new vulnerabilities or unwanted licenses
Projects and Releases in ProGet let you track the open-source and third-party components (packages) that your organization uses, and help you identify issues like vulnerabilities, license violations, and missing packages.
ProGet is designed to be self-managed
GitHub is a cloud-first solution. It’s not easy to configure or self-manage.