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Discord vs Gitter: What are the differences?

Developers describe Discord as "All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone". Discord is a modern free voice & text chat app for groups of gamers. Our resilient Erlang backend running on the cloud has built in DDoS protection with automatic server failover. On the other hand, Gitter is detailed as "Messaging for people who make software. Integrated with your team, projects and your code". Free chat rooms for your public repositories A bit like IRC only smarter. Chats for private repositories as well as organisations..

Discord belongs to "Web and Video Conferencing" category of the tech stack, while Gitter can be primarily classified under "Group Chat & Notifications".

"Fast and easy set-ups and connections" is the primary reason why developers consider Discord over the competitors, whereas "Github integration" was stated as the key factor in picking Gitter.

Bitupper, Kistriver, and SuperBuddy are some of the popular companies that use Discord, whereas Gitter is used by Binary.com, Hazeorid, and Reviewable. Discord has a broader approval, being mentioned in 44 company stacks & 38 developers stacks; compared to Gitter, which is listed in 25 company stacks and 41 developer stacks.

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What is Discord?

Discord is a modern free voice & text chat app for groups of gamers. Our resilient Erlang backend running on the cloud has built in DDoS protection with automatic server failover.

What is Gitter?

Free chat rooms for your public repositories. A bit like IRC only smarter. Chats for private repositories as well as organisations.
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    What are some alternatives to Discord and Gitter?
    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.
    Skype
    Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are.
    Zoom
    Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Zoom Rooms, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP room systems.
    Skype for Business
    With one click, anyone can join your online meeting, from any device. You can choose to meet right away, or schedule from Outlook for later. The meeting URL is personalized just for you.
    WebRTC
    It is a free, open project that enables web browsers with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple JavaScript APIs. The WebRTC components have been optimized to best serve this purpose.
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    Decisions about Discord and Gitter
    Josh Dzielak
    Josh Dzielak
    Developer Advocate at DeveloperMode · | 19 upvotes · 52.5K views
    atAlgoliaAlgolia
    Ember.js
    Ember.js
    Rails
    Rails
    Discourse
    Discourse
    Gitter
    Gitter
    Discord
    Discord
    Algolia
    Algolia

    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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    GitHub
    GitHub
    Google Drive
    Google Drive
    Zulip
    Zulip
    Gitter
    Gitter
    #Events
    #Teams
    #Projects
    #User-Friendly
    #OpenSource

    We run a major community project named as @Donut which is an #OpenSource social platform which allows communities to set up their own social environment and @slack platform drives us through the best experience of community interaction. Though we have been using some Open Source Interacting platforms like Gitter and Zulip but the fact that Slack exists and is such an essential tool, it’s really helped us with scaling and still feeling connected to one another across remote places with various teams with appropriate features in it.

    The #User-Friendly Slack brings all the organised conversations at one place giving a prospectus to feel the better user experience on desktop.

    Followings its pros:

    • Allow creating of various channels which can be best suited to organised #projects, #teams and #events.
    • Allow multiple tools and integrations such as Google Drive and GitHub
    • Video Conferencing addition helps teams to organise meetings.
    • No limit for addition of users and its free.
    • Allow threads to keep side conversations from derailing the topic or project at hand.

    The most crucial thing it supports the best security and protection with 2 factors authentication.

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    Slack
    Slack
    Spectrum
    Spectrum
    Discord
    Discord
    Gitter
    Gitter

    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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    Reviews of Discord and Gitter
    Avatar of Romulex
    Gamer at Romulex
    Review ofDiscordDiscord

    Discord combines the text and image sharing of Skype and Teamspeak 3's high speed voice connection to create this reliable software platform. With the implementation of choosing whether you wish to chat with friends in a 1-on-1 conversation, to joining a community channel and meet up with new people.

    Discord provides the opportunity of letting the user join a channel with ease using nothing but a link they can paste into their browser. Discord also gives their members a wider experience being cross-platform, including Windows, Mac, Linux as well as IOS and Android mobile devices.

    Discord, on top of all the above, allows the user to post images in both channels and 1-on-1 messaging, aswell as play .gif and .mp4 files.

    Implemented also is the custom profile and friend system, allowing the user to add or remove friends, giving the user a vaster experience customizing their own way they wish.

    Discord is an overall very well produced platform allowing a diverse experience in communication and multimedia.

    Avatar of Romulex
    Gamer at Romulex
    Review ofDiscordDiscord

    Discord combines the text and image sharing of Skype and Teamspeak 3's high speed voice connection to create this reliable software platform. With the implementation of choosing whether you wish to chat with friends in a 1-on-1 conversation, to joining a community channel and meet up with new people.

    Discord provides the opportunity of letting the user join a channel with ease using nothing but a link they can paste into their browser. Discord also gives their members a wider experience being cross-platform, including Windows, Mac, Linux as well as IOS and Android mobile devices.

    Discord, on top of all the above, allows the user to post images in both channels and 1-on-1 messaging, aswell as play .gif and .mp4 files.

    Implemented also is the custom profile and friend system, allowing the user to add or remove friends, giving the user a vaster experience customizing their own way they wish.

    Discord is an overall very well produced platform allowing a diverse experience in communication and multimedia.

    How developers use Discord and Gitter
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    datapile uses GitterGitter

    We haven't found a better way to communicate directly with the core contributors and developers for many open source projects we utilize on GitHub (Scala, Scala-js, Sinatra, Apache top-level projects, just to name a few).

    It is a solid piece of software that appeals to us who have used Slack in the past, and the tight integration with a single GitHub repository or organization for each Gitter room just makes sense in our eyes.

    Avatar of Eldoria
    Eldoria uses DiscordDiscord

    Durch die einfache und plattformübergreifende Nutzung sowie die Möglichkeit schnell rollenbasierte Kanäle zu erstellen, bietet sich Discord hervorragend für die Kommunikation im Team sowie auch mit den Spielern an. Wir nutzen Discord statt Slack, da wir unseren Fokus im Gaming Bereich haben und Discord hier stark vertreten ist.

    Avatar of Mick Dekkers
    Mick Dekkers uses DiscordDiscord

    Discord is home to many game development communities, including AGDG (Amateur Game Development General), RGD (Reddit Game Development), and Game Dev League. When I'm working with WebGL, they are always very knowledgeable and helpful in answering my questions about physics, vectors and data structures.

    Avatar of Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
    Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses DiscordDiscord

    We first used slack and switched to Discord later to stay near at where the community is at, while still be able to have private conversations and stay in contact. Discord offered everything we needed and used from Slack previously, plus the community-part, so it was an easy decision.

    Avatar of osu! Ripple
    osu! Ripple uses DiscordDiscord

    Discord is used for all the discussions with our community, and discussions between our entire staff (including Community Managers, Chat Moderators and BATs). We also use a Discord bot we developed to deploy new code to the server.

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    ShadowICT uses DiscordDiscord

    We use Discord for our community as well as generic staff communications. It works as a main selling point for ShadowICT as well as a central place for monitoring alerts and announcements to go.

    Avatar of Mick Dekkers
    Mick Dekkers uses GitterGitter

    Many GitHub communities are on Gitter. It's a great place to ask and answer questions related to open-source frameworks and libraries.

    Avatar of Juliën Hanssens
    Juliën Hanssens uses GitterGitter

    Using Gitter for open source talks and directly communicating with contributors.

    Avatar of Scott Miller
    Scott Miller uses GitterGitter

    My favorite chat tool for open source

    Avatar of Riderman De Sousa Barbosa
    Riderman De Sousa Barbosa uses GitterGitter

    Communication with the team.

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