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Discord vs RocketChat: What are the differences?

Introduction

Discord and RocketChat are both popular messaging platforms that offer a range of features for communication, collaboration, and community building. However, there are key differences between the two platforms that set them apart from each other. In this article, we will explore these differences and provide a detailed comparison of Discord and RocketChat.

  1. Interface and User Experience: Discord provides a sleek and user-friendly interface with a focus on gaming communities. It offers rich text chat, voice chat, and video chat features, making it a comprehensive platform for gamers. On the other hand, RocketChat offers a more flexible and customizable interface, allowing users to fully customize their chat experience according to their needs.

  2. Hosting Options: Discord is a hosted platform, meaning that it handles all the server maintenance and infrastructure management for its users. This makes it a convenient option for users who don't want to worry about server setup and maintenance. In contrast, RocketChat is a self-hosted platform, giving users more control over their data and allowing them to host their servers on their own infrastructure or choose a hosting provider.

  3. Integration Capabilities: While both Discord and RocketChat offer integrations with various third-party apps and services, the level of integration capabilities differs between the two platforms. Discord has a rich ecosystem of official and community-developed integrations, making it seamless to connect with popular apps and services. RocketChat, on the other hand, offers a wide range of integration options and supports open protocols, making it more versatile for customization and integration with external systems.

  4. Community and Privacy Controls: Discord primarily focuses on creating a community-based experience, with features such as server roles, permissions, and moderation tools. It offers a range of privacy controls to manage who can access and participate in conversations. RocketChat, on the other hand, gives users granular control over their chat environment, allowing them to set up public or private channels, control message retention policies, and customize security settings to ensure data privacy.

  5. Pricing Model: Discord offers a freemium model, where users can access most of the platform's features for free. It also offers a premium subscription called "Discord Nitro" that gives users additional benefits such as enhanced server customization options and animated emojis. RocketChat, on the other hand, is open-source and available for free. Users can download and self-host the platform without any cost. However, hosting costs and additional services may incur depending on the chosen hosting provider.

  6. Target Audience: While both Discord and RocketChat cater to a wide range of users, they have slightly different target audiences. Discord primarily targets gamers and gaming communities, offering features like in-game overlay, screen sharing, and low-latency voice chat, making it a popular choice among gamers. RocketChat, on the other hand, has a broader focus and caters to businesses, organizations, and communities of all types looking for a flexible and customizable messaging platform.

Summary

In summary, Discord and RocketChat differ in their interface, hosting options, integration capabilities, community and privacy controls, pricing models, and target audiences. These differences make each platform unique and suitable for different use cases and user preferences.

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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 · 183.6K 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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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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Stefan Schuchlenz

We chose RocketChat over other communications suites like Cliq or Slack mainly because we can self-host it on our own infrastructure. Since we have quite some projects going on which demand that we stay in touch with a lot of different stakeholders, pricing was an issue, too. With RocketChat, we have a huge set of features basically for free, RC offers apps for all major devices and systems and overall, we're very happy with it. The only downside is the limited amount of apps and integrations, but we can make due with what we have available.

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Pros of Discord
Pros of RocketChat
  • 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
    Easy
  • 9
    Great browser experience
  • 9
    Shares screen with other member
  • 9
    Easy Server Setup and joining system
  • 7
    Lower bandwidth requirements than competitors
  • 7
    Easy to code bots for
  • 6
    Noice
  • 3
    Easily set up custom emoji
  • 72
    Open source
  • 38
    Can be deployed on premise
  • 32
    Byos (bring your own server)
  • 30
    Faster than Slack
  • 21
    Mobile app for iphone, ipad, and ipod touch
  • 19
    Built using meteor
  • 19
    Desktop client for mac and windows
  • 13
    Easily deployed on Cloud Services (Heroku, etc)
  • 10
    Screen Sharing
  • 9
    Video and audio
  • 9
    Excellent support & service, bar-none
  • 6
    Web client
  • 5
    Amazing product, fast moving development, and BYOS
  • 5
    Multiple Security integrations - LDAP etc
  • 5
    Docker Image for easy setup
  • 5
    Open source
  • 5
    Mobile app for android phone, tablet, and tv stick
  • 4
    Datacontrol
  • 4
    Great development team
  • 4
    Free
  • 2
    Love it - running on R Pi 2
  • 2
    Open source server
  • 1
    Broadcast & Readonly channels
  • 1
    Slack bridge
  • 1
    Linux Client Support
  • 1
    Flexible Integrations
  • 1
    Ldap integration
  • 0
    Threading model

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Cons of Discord
Cons of RocketChat
  • 10
    Not as many integrations as Slack
  • 9
    For gamers
  • 5
    Limited file size
  • 4
    Sends data to US Gov
  • 4
    For everyone
  • 2
    Undescriptive in global ban reasons
  • 2
    Suspected Pedophiles in few servers
  • 1
    Unsupportive Support
  • 1
    High memory and CPU footprint
  • 1
    No full markdown support
  • 1
    Mobile app in Enterprise version only
  • 1
    Many basic features require plugins
  • 1
    Visioconference support is external
  • 1
    No screen recorder
  • 1
    Few options for user customization
  • 1
    Limited message history on SaaS
  • 1
    Poor user customization
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    Hard to upgrade
  • 1
    Not as well-known as others like it

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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 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.

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What are some alternatives to Discord and RocketChat?
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
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Google Hangouts
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