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Discord vs Mattermost: What are the differences?

Introduction

Discord and Mattermost are both popular communication platforms used by individuals and organizations. While both platforms offer similar features, there are key differences that set them apart. In this article, we will explore and compare these differences.

  1. Pricing Model: Discord follows a freemium model, where most features are available for free, but additional features can be accessed through a paid subscription called Discord Nitro. On the other hand, Mattermost offers a combination of open-source and commercial versions, providing users with options to choose from based on their specific requirements and budget.

  2. Deployment Options: Mattermost provides more flexibility when it comes to deployment. It can be self-hosted on-premise, hosted on a private cloud, or accessed through a Mattermost cloud offering. Discord, on the other hand, is a cloud-based platform, where users do not have the option to host their own instances.

  3. Target Audience: Discord is primarily designed for gamers and has a strong focus on providing a platform for them to communicate and collaborate. Mattermost, on the other hand, targets a broader audience, including businesses, teams, and communities, aiming to provide a secure and customizable communication platform.

  4. Feature Set: While both platforms offer text and voice chat capabilities, there are differences in terms of additional features. Discord provides a more gaming-centric experience with features like screen sharing, gaming overlays, and the ability to create and manage a gaming community. Mattermost, on the other hand, focuses on workplace collaboration with features like file sharing, integrations with third-party tools, and the ability to create and manage channels.

  5. Privacy and Security: Mattermost allows users to have complete control over their data by providing self-hosting options. This allows organizations to ensure privacy and security by managing their own servers. Discord, on the other hand, is a cloud-based platform where data is hosted on servers managed by the company, raising concerns about data privacy and security.

  6. Integration Capabilities: Mattermost offers extensive integration capabilities and supports a wide range of third-party applications through its plugins and webhooks. This enables users to streamline workflows and bring together various tools and services within the Mattermost platform. Discord also supports some integrations, but the options are more limited compared to Mattermost.

In summary, Discord and Mattermost differ in their pricing model, target audience, deployment options, feature set, privacy and security, and integration capabilities. Understanding these differences can help individuals and organizations choose the platform that best suits their needs.

Advice on Discord and Mattermost
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ZoomZoom

I want to host an online Jeopardy game with less than 30 participants. During each round of the game, I'll stream some videos. The point is to gather friends together to play the Jeopardy game and watch random stuff. Please let me know if there's a more suitable platform other than Discord and Zoom. Thanks, everyone!

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RuralAnemone
Head Devoloper/coder at Super Smash Eternal · | 2 upvotes · 179.4K views

Personally, I think that Discord works much better than anything else, even if you don't have Nitro (which is what they call their premium plan). You could seriously do this Jeopardy thing with just Discord (and maybe a bot to make it easier)

Zoom would only let you have a crappy meeting that hackers could easily join. Discord actually has DDoS protection, Zoom just has things that can easily be bypassed.

And if you do want Nitro, it's only $9/mo or $99/yr

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Decisions about Discord and Mattermost
Christopher Semmler

Mattermost sports higher performance, uses Postgres, is a pure server side application not using up too much of system resources on the client side, and gives an overall enterprise grade impression in general.

Updates go smooth without a hassle, everything is organised logically, and the integration with the OS is absolutely stable. Apart from that, the underlying runtimes and code are mature, proven and stable.

The developers are maybe a bit more cautious in regard to introducing new features, but they maintain a stable experience, not breaking the codebase in order to hastily implement bells and whistles, which are not yet ready for production. Documentation and debugging are fantastic, so running this in enterprise production environment is absolutely approved of.

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as many people say that you can only hold 30 to 10 people in one discord call if you were to make a server and add a chat or a VC you can hold up to 99 which is more than zoom and you can also use the text chat, general chat or anything else that you add and the best part you can hold pretty much infinite people I have personally seen servers with up to 100k people in it. One of the better parts is that you don't necessarily have to download it you can search it up on google and make an account it's as easy as that. Another thing is due to the original purpose of the website/app is that it's very customizable meaning that your students can customize heir profile pictures and names, but not to worry in a discord server you can have it where only you can change their nicknames so let's say things get too confusing or you want to be able to see who they really are you can just change it to their name. One last thing I will say is that you can have customizable ranks and so on so if you desire to split people into teams you can do so and with that, you can customize what they can do like give people ranks or de-rank them. Like I mentioned earlier about VC's you can also screen share and do videos so you can see their screen or their face.

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Pros of Discord
Pros of Mattermost
  • 65
    Unlimited Users
  • 59
    Unlimited Channels
  • 55
    Easy to use
  • 51
    Voice Chat
  • 49
    Fast and easy set-ups and connections
  • 46
    Clean UI
  • 43
    Mobile Friendly
  • 43
    Free
  • 33
    Android App
  • 29
    Mention system
  • 27
    Customizable notifications on per channel basis
  • 26
    Customizable ranks/permissions
  • 22
    IOS app
  • 21
    Good code embedding
  • 19
    Vast Webhook Support
  • 16
    Dark mode
  • 14
    Easy context switching between work and home
  • 14
    Roles
  • 13
    Great Communities
  • 12
    Very Resource Friendly
  • 12
    Robust
  • 12
    Easy to develop for
  • 12
    Great Customer Support
  • 12
    Bot control
  • 11
    Video Call Conference
  • 11
    Video call meeting
  • 10
    Able to hold 99 people in one call
  • 10
    Sharing screen layer
  • 9
    Great browser experience
  • 9
    Shares screen with other member
  • 9
    Easy Server Setup and joining system
  • 8
    Easy
  • 7
    Lower bandwidth requirements than competitors
  • 7
    Easy to code bots for
  • 6
    Noice
  • 3
    Easily set up custom emoji
  • 60
    Open source
  • 41
    On-premise deployment
  • 26
    Free
  • 22
    Built using golang
  • 21
    Fast and easy to use
  • 14
    Docker image provided for easy setup
  • 14
    Full text search
  • 12
    Built using react
  • 11
    Supports multiple teams
  • 11
    Search and data archiving
  • 11
    Very professional
  • 8
    Keeps us focused, effective, concise
  • 7
    Clean and simple look
  • 7
    Integration with Gitlab
  • 7
    Webhooks support
  • 6
    Well documented
  • 6
    Use #Hashtags like Twitter
  • 3
    Import Slack logs
  • 3
    Reactive community and ease of use
  • 2
    Self managed data
  • 2
    On-premises Deployment
  • 2
    Secure
  • 1
    Markdown support
  • 1
    On premise installation
  • 1
    Kanban
  • 1
    Checklists
  • 1
    Slack-compatible integrations
  • 1
    Easy webhook integration

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Cons of Discord
Cons of Mattermost
  • 9
    For gamers
  • 9
    Not as many integrations as Slack
  • 4
    Limited file size
  • 4
    For everyone
  • 3
    Sends data to US Gov
  • 1
    Unsupportive Support
  • 1
    Suspected Pedophiles in few servers
  • 1
    Undescriptive in global ban reasons
  • 2
    Less integrations and plugins than slack
  • 2
    Many basic features are enterprise only
  • 2
    Custom sidewide themes only in enterprise
  • 1
    Basic permissions only in enterprise edition
  • 1
    Not compatible with Telegram keys, which used by FSB

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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 Mattermost?

Mattermost is modern communication from behind your firewall.

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What are some alternatives to Discord and Mattermost?
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.
Gitter
Free chat rooms for your public repositories. A bit like IRC only smarter. Chats for private repositories as well as organisations.
Google Hangouts
Message contacts, start free video or voice calls, and hop on a conversation with one person or a group.
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