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Alternatives to Let's Chat

Slack, Mattermost, Microsoft Teams, HipChat, and Telegram are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Let's Chat.
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What is Let's Chat and what are its top alternatives?

Let's Chat is a persistent messaging application that runs on Node.js and MongoDB. It's designed to be easily deployable and fits well with small, intimate teams. It's free (MIT licensed) and ships with killer features such as LDAP/Kerberos authentication, a REST-like API and XMPP support.
Let's Chat is a tool in the Group Chat & Notifications category of a tech stack.
Let's Chat is an open source tool with 9.5K GitHub stars and 1.6K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Let's Chat's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Let's Chat

  • Slack

    Slack

    Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. All your messages. All your files. And everything from Twitter, Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, Trello, GitHub and dozens of other services. All together. ...

  • Mattermost

    Mattermost

    Mattermost is modern communication from behind your firewall.

  • Microsoft Teams

    Microsoft Teams

    See content and chat history anytime, including team chats with Skype that are visible to the whole team. Private group chats are available for smaller group conversations. ...

  • HipChat

    HipChat

    HipChat is a hosted private chat service for your company or team. Invite colleagues to share ideas and files in persistent group chat rooms. Get your team off AIM, Google Talk, and Skype — HipChat was built for business. ...

  • Telegram

    Telegram

    Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio and files of any type. It provides instant messaging, simple, fast, secure and synced across all your devices. ...

  • RocketChat

    RocketChat

    Rocket.Chat is a Web Chat Server, developed in JavaScript, using the Meteor fullstack framework. It is a great solution for communities and companies wanting to privately host their own chat service or for developers looking forward to build and evolve their own chat platforms. ...

  • Gitter

    Gitter

    Free chat rooms for your public repositories. A bit like IRC only smarter. Chats for private repositories as well as organisations. ...

  • Zulip

    Zulip

    Zulip is powerful, open source team chat that combines the immediacy of real-time chat with the productivity benefits of threaded conversations. Zulip allows busy managers and others in meetings all day to participate in their teams chats. ...

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Slack logo

Slack

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PROS OF SLACK
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    Easy to integrate with
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    Excellent interface on multiple platforms
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    Free
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    Mobile friendly
  • 690
    People really enjoy using it
  • 331
    Great integrations
  • 315
    Flexible notification preferences
  • 198
    Unlimited users
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    Strong search and data archiving
  • 155
    Multi domain switching support
  • 82
    Easy to use
  • 40
    Beautiful
  • 27
    Hubot support
  • 22
    Unread/read control
  • 21
    Slackbot
  • 19
    Permalink for each messages
  • 17
    Text snippet with highlighting
  • 15
    Quote message easily
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    Per-room notification
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    Awesome integration support
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    IRC gateway
  • 12
    Star for each message / attached files
  • 11
    Dropbox Integration
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    Good communication within a team
  • 10
    Jira Integration
  • 10
    Slick, search is great
  • 9
    New Relic Integration
  • 8
    Combine All Services Quickly
  • 8
    Asana Integration
  • 8
    Great communication tool
  • 7
    Google Drive Integration
  • 7
    XMPP gateway
  • 7
    Awesomeness
  • 7
    This tool understands developers
  • 6
    BitBucket integration
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    Replaces email
  • 6
    Twitter Integration
  • 6
    Google Docs Integration
  • 5
    Jenkins Integration
  • 5
    GREAT Customer Support / Quick Response to Feedback
  • 5
    Guest and Restricted user control
  • 4
    Excellent multi platform internal communication tool
  • 4
    Clean UI
  • 4
    Gathers all my communications in one place
  • 4
    GitHub integration
  • 4
    Mention list view
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    Easy
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    Visual Studio Integration
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    Threaded chat
  • 3
    Easy to start working with
  • 3
    Great on-boarding
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    Timely while non intrusive
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    Perfect implementation of chat + integrations
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    Easy to add a reaction
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    Message Actions
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    Great Channel Customization
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    Simplicity
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    Android app
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    Great interface
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    Eases collaboration for geographically dispersed teams
  • 2
    So much better than email
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    Intuitive, easy to use, great integrations
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    Markdown
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    It's basically an improved (although closed) IRC
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    Community
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    I was 666 star :D
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    Multi work-space support
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    Dev communication Made Easy
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    Great API
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    Very customizable
  • 1
    Complete with plenty of Electron BLOAT
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    Archive Importing
  • 1
    Great Support Team
  • 1
    Easy remote communication
  • 1
    Get less busy
  • 1
    Targetprocess integration
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    Flexible and Accessible
  • 1
    Better User Experience
  • 1
    API
  • 1
    Integrates with just about everything
  • 1
    Travis CI integration
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    It's the coolest IM ever
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    Finally with terrible "threading"—I miss Flowdock
  • 0
    Platforms
  • 0
    Easy to useL
CONS OF SLACK
  • 12
    Can be distracting depending on how you use it
  • 6
    Requires some management for large teams
  • 5
    Limit messages history
  • 4
    Too expensive
  • 4
    You don't really own your messages
  • 3
    Too many notifications by default

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Lucas Litton
Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 24 upvotes · 123.5K views

Sentry has been essential to our development approach. Nobody likes errors or apps that crash. We use Sentry heavily during Node.js and React development. Our developers are able to see error reports, crashes, user's browsers, and more, all in one place. Sentry also seamlessly integrates with Asana, Slack, and GitHub.

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Yonas Beshawred

Using Screenhero via Slack was getting to be pretty horrible. Video and sound quality was often times pretty bad and worst of all the service just wasn't reliable. We all had high hopes when the acquisition went through but ultimately, the product just didn't live up to expectations. We ended up trying Zoom after I had heard about it from some friends at other companies. We noticed the video/sound quality was better, and more importantly it was super reliable. The Slack integration was awesome (just type /zoom and it starts a call)

You can schedule recurring calls which is helpful. There's a G Suite (Google Calendar) integration which lets you add a Zoom call (w/dial in info + link to web/mobile) with the click of a button.

Meeting recordings (video and audio) are really nice, you get recordings stored in the cloud on the higher tier plans. One of our engineers, Jerome, actually built a cool little Slack integration using the Slack API and Zoom API so that every time a recording is processed, a link gets posted to the "event-recordings" channel. The iOS app is great too!

#WebAndVideoConferencing #videochat

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Mattermost

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PROS OF MATTERMOST
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    Open source
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    On-premise deployment
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    Free
  • 22
    Built using golang
  • 19
    Fast and easy to use
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    Full text search
  • 13
    Docker image provided for easy setup
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    Built using react
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    Search and data archiving
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    Very professional
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    Supports multiple teams
  • 8
    Keeps us focused, effective, concise
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    Webhooks support
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    Integration with Gitlab
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    Clean and simple look
  • 5
    Well documented
  • 5
    Use #Hashtags like Twitter
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    Import Slack logs
  • 3
    Reactive community and ease of use
  • 2
    Self managed data
  • 1
    Easy webhook integration
  • 1
    On-premises Deployment
  • 1
    Secure
  • 1
    Slack-compatible integrations
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    On premise installation
CONS OF MATTERMOST
  • 1
    Not compatible with Telegram keys, which used by FSB
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    Basic permissions only in enterprise edition
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    Custom sidewide themes only in enterprise
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    Many basic features are enterprise only
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    Less integrations and plugins than slack

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Mark Nelissen

I use Slack because it offers the best experience, even on the free tier (which we're still using). As a comparison, I have had in depth experience with HipChat, Stride, Skype, Google Chat (the new service), Google Hangouts (the old service). For self hosted, Mattermost is open source and claims to support most Slack integrations, but I have not extensively investigated this claim.

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rishig
Head of Product at Zulip · | 5 upvotes · 133.5K views

I use Zulip instead of Slack, Mattermost, or RocketChat because of its first class threading. One week after switching to Gmail (in 2004) I realized I was never (willingly) going to use an unthreaded email product again. I had that same experience the first time I saw Zulip.

Zulip is also fully open-source, with a well-maintained (e.g. 90+% test coverage, fully static python), easily extensible code-base. In many companies, your communication platform (chat or email) is the center of the workplace -- no one asks for a chat integration into their calendar, they ask for a calendar integration into their chat. A fully open-source codebase means you can customize Zulip to your needs, and are never at the whim of a corporate maintainer who can't or won't fix simple bugs, or who will charge you tens of thousands of dollars for making minor customizations.

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Microsoft Teams logo

Microsoft Teams

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PROS OF MICROSOFT TEAMS
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    Work well with the rest of Office 365 work flow
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    Mobile friendly
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    Free
  • 12
    Great integrations
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    Well-thought Design
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    Channels
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    Easy setup
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    Unlimited users
  • 5
    Strong search and data archiving
  • 4
    Easy to integrate with
  • 4
    Multi domain switching support
  • 3
    Same interface on multiple platforms
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    Web interface
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    Great voice quality
CONS OF MICROSOFT TEAMS
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    Confusing UI
  • 12
    Bad performance on init and after quite a use
  • 9
    Bad Usermanagement
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    Can't see all members in a video meeting
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    No desktop client (only fat and slow electron app)
  • 5
    No Markdown Support
  • 5
    Unable to Mute users
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    Forced WYSIWYG
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    MIssing public channels
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    You don't really own your messages
  • 3
    Challenging Onboarding
  • 3
    Is bad
  • 3
    Stubborn, unused friendly
  • 3
    No linux support

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Jon Waite
Scrum Master at Costco Wholsale · | 3 upvotes · 42.5K views

Looking for the pros and cons for a tool we can use best for cross-team collaboration (software development). Has anyone compared Google Hangouts Chat with Microsoft Teams? What were the advantages of either??

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Jack Graves
Head of Product Development at Automation Consultants · | 2 upvotes · 190.3K views

We use Microsoft Teams as our primary workplace collaboration tool. It enables our team to work remotely and still collaborate on projects - with integration to JIRA and Confluence, the tool enables us to create War Rooms when problems occur and also provides information-sharing capabilities. Replaced HipChat.

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HipChat

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Supercharge team collaboration with group chat and IM
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PROS OF HIPCHAT
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    Integrates well with a lot of developer tools
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    Developer-friendly
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    Clients for every major platform
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    Mobile-friendly
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    Free unlimited users
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    Extremely easy to use for non-tech guys
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    Good api integration
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    Irc-like
  • 28
    Reliable
  • 26
    Feature rich
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    Affordable at $2/user
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    Email notifications
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    Text Messages
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    More developer-friendly than Skype
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    JIRA integration
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    Integrates with Atlassian products
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    Team Chat Rooms
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    Full text search
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    Intergration with all the things
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    gitlab
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    tagia
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    salt
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    Fast
  • 1
    On-Premise deployment
  • 1
    Trello integration
  • 1
    256-bit SSL encryption to transmit your data
CONS OF HIPCHAT
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    Purchased by and merged with Slack
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    Discontinued with the Atlassian Stack

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Mark Nelissen

I use Slack because it offers the best experience, even on the free tier (which we're still using). As a comparison, I have had in depth experience with HipChat, Stride, Skype, Google Chat (the new service), Google Hangouts (the old service). For self hosted, Mattermost is open source and claims to support most Slack integrations, but I have not extensively investigated this claim.

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Jack Graves
Head of Product Development at Automation Consultants · | 2 upvotes · 190.3K views

We use Microsoft Teams as our primary workplace collaboration tool. It enables our team to work remotely and still collaborate on projects - with integration to JIRA and Confluence, the tool enables us to create War Rooms when problems occur and also provides information-sharing capabilities. Replaced HipChat.

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Telegram

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A cloud-based instant messaging and voice over IP service
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PROS OF TELEGRAM
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    Lightweight
  • 5
    Great bot API
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    Unlimited history
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    Free
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    Can hide phone number
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    Media editor
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    Delete without a trace
CONS OF TELEGRAM
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    Notification customisation is limited
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    Requires phone number
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    No video call

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RocketChat

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PROS OF ROCKETCHAT
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    Open source
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    Can be deployed on premise
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    Byos (bring your own server)
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    Faster than Slack
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    Mobile app for iphone, ipad, and ipod touch
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    Desktop client for mac and windows
  • 19
    Built using meteor
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    Easily deployed on Cloud Services (Heroku, etc)
  • 10
    Screen Sharing
  • 9
    Excellent support & service, bar-none
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    Video and audio
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    Web client
  • 5
    Mobile app for android phone, tablet, and tv stick
  • 5
    Docker Image for easy setup
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    Open source
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    Multiple Security integrations - LDAP etc
  • 5
    Amazing product, fast moving development, and BYOS
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    Great development team
  • 4
    Free
  • 4
    Datacontrol
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    Love it - running on R Pi 2
  • 2
    Open source server
  • 1
    Linux Client Support
  • 1
    Flexible Integrations
  • 1
    Ldap integration
  • 1
    Slack bridge
  • 1
    Broadcast & Readonly channels
  • 0
    Threading model
CONS OF ROCKETCHAT
  • 1
    Not as well-known as others like it

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rishig
Head of Product at Zulip · | 5 upvotes · 133.5K views

I use Zulip instead of Slack, Mattermost, or RocketChat because of its first class threading. One week after switching to Gmail (in 2004) I realized I was never (willingly) going to use an unthreaded email product again. I had that same experience the first time I saw Zulip.

Zulip is also fully open-source, with a well-maintained (e.g. 90+% test coverage, fully static python), easily extensible code-base. In many companies, your communication platform (chat or email) is the center of the workplace -- no one asks for a chat integration into their calendar, they ask for a calendar integration into their chat. A fully open-source codebase means you can customize Zulip to your needs, and are never at the whim of a corporate maintainer who can't or won't fix simple bugs, or who will charge you tens of thousands of dollars for making minor customizations.

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Pradeep Sreeram
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We need to develop a social media like chat in which users can message each other or create a channel. We are planning to use RocketChat or Mattermost under the hood to develop a custom UI. How do notifications work in that case? Has anyone done it? Or is there any better way to implement it.

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Gitter

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Messaging for people who make software. Integrated with your team, projects and your code.
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PROS OF GITTER
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    Github integration
  • 54
    Free
  • 45
    Markdown support
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    Markdown
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    Graceful integration
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    Project-oriented
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    MARKDOOOOWN
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    IRC bridge
  • 9
    Integrates with everything
  • 8
    LaTeX
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    Apps available for most platforms
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    Cross-repository issue reference
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    Github login
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    IRC support
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    My new fav'rite thing is on it
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    Very fast work
  • 1
    Very open
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    Now open source
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    Open source
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    Free unlimited archives
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    Open access (no invitation needed)
  • 1
    Single account for all communities
  • 1
    Free, open & free hosting
CONS OF GITTER
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    Sends data to US Gov

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Josh Dzielak
Co-Founder & CTO at Orbit · | 19 upvotes · 361.8K views

Shortly after I joined Algolia as a developer advocate, I knew I wanted to establish a place for the community to congregate and share their projects, questions and advice. There are a ton of platforms out there that can be used to host communities, and they tend to fall into two categories - real-time sync (like chat) and async (like forums). Because the community was already large, I felt that a chat platform like Discord or Gitter might be overwhelming and opted for a forum-like solution instead (which would also create content that's searchable from Google).

I looked at paid, closed-source options like AnswerHub and ForumBee and old-school solutions like phpBB and vBulletin, but none seemed to offer the power, flexibility and developer-friendliness of Discourse. Discourse is open source, written in Rails with Ember.js on the front-end. That made me confident I could modify it to meet our exact needs. Discourse's own forum is very active which made me confident I could get help if I needed it.

It took about a month to get Discourse up-and-running and make authentication tied to algolia.com via the SSO plugin. Adding additional plugins for moderation or look-and-feel customization was fairly straightforward, and I even created a plugin to make the forum content searchable with Algolia. To stay on top of answering questions and moderation, we used the Discourse API to publish new messages into our Slack. All-in-all I would say we were happy with Discourse - the only caveat would be that it's very helpful to have technical knowledge as well as Rails knowledge in order to get the most out of it.

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From a StackShare Community member: “We’re about to start a chat group for our open source project (over 5K stars on GitHub) so we can let our community collaborate more closely. The obvious choice would be Slack (k8s and a ton of major projects use it), but we’ve seen Gitter (webpack uses it) for a lot of open source projects, Discord (Vue.js moved to them), and as of late I’m seeing Spectrum more and more often. Does anyone have experience with these or other alternatives? Is it even worth assessing all these options, or should we just go with Slack? Some things that are important to us: free, all the regular integrations (GitHub, Heroku, etc), mobile & desktop apps, and open source is of course a plus."

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Zulip

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PROS OF ZULIP
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    Open source
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    Great Community
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    Extensive developer documentation
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    Powered by Python
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    Clean & Smooth UI
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    Full text search
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    Dozens of integrations
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    Threading model
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    On-premise deployment
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    Fully internationalized
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    Cross-platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android)
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    Its very good forsearching and chatting with topics
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    Runs very well
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    Very Nice
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    Awesome open source alternative to Slack
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    Mobile Push Notification
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    LDAP Integration
CONS OF ZULIP
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    Integration with most of well known services

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We use Zulip for group chat at the Recurse Center, both for our team (< 10 people) and for our alumni community (1,300+ people). We tried Slack, but Zulip is way better. Among the many reasons: It has a much better threading model and is open source.

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Vishnu KS
Software Engineer at Zulip · | 5 upvotes · 52.6K views
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Zulip has easily the best threading model among all the chat applications and I prefer it over Slack, Mattermost, RocketChat, Hipchat, Discord etc. Each and every conversation is a seperate thread and has a topic. This model makes it extremely easier to catch up and participate in conversations. Once you get used to the threading model of Zulip its hard to tolerate threading model like Slack which is really inefficient and time wasting.

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