Gitter vs HipChat: What are the differences?
What is Gitter? 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..
What is HipChat? Supercharge team collaboration with group chat and IM. 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.
Gitter and HipChat can be primarily classified as "Group Chat & Notifications" tools.
Some of the features offered by Gitter are:
- Know who's seen any message
- Edit messages after you've sent them
- Full emoji support
On the other hand, HipChat provides the following key features:
- Desktop apps (Windows, Linux, Mac)
- Mobile apps
- Web app
"Github integration" is the primary reason why developers consider Gitter over the competitors, whereas "Integrates well with a lot of developer tools" was stated as the key factor in picking HipChat.
According to the StackShare community, HipChat has a broader approval, being mentioned in 308 company stacks & 116 developers stacks; compared to Gitter, which is listed in 25 company stacks and 41 developer stacks.
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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.
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.
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.
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."
Here are the main issues hard to solve with Skype but easily handled with HipChat.
Pickle #1. Group chatting Pickle #2. Offline mode Pickle #3. Sending pictures Pickle #4. Code snippets Pickle #5. Link search
And of course integrations.
We've gathered all our thoughts in an article - http://weavora.com/blog/2014/02/04/why-we-love-hipchat/
I really like HipChat, not only because it's available on whatever "machine/device" you use but it has a ton of add-ons that you can integrate in you chat room that keep you and your team constantly aware of what's happening with your business.
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.
Hipchat provides a comprehensive and searchable chat system for development and customer relations. It is integrated with GitHub and JIRA so our developers can have specific rooms for each project, and we also have rooms for each customer tied into their Twitter feeds so we know what is relevant and can track issues via Nagios alerts.
Everyone in our company uses HipChat. From our help center to our engineering department, we do most of our internal conversations in hipchat rooms. Also as a remote engineering team, it is super useful to have a service like this so that conversations are logged and in the open.
Many GitHub communities are on Gitter. It's a great place to ask and answer questions related to open-source frameworks and libraries.
Part of our team are spread over cities and they are connected by chats or conference, sharing insights, alerts and tech discussions.
I use HipChat to communicate with group members. I like that I can hop on and catch up on any conversations that I missed.
Team communications and notices, such as when a test suite has run, when commits have been made to one of our git repos.
Using Gitter for open source talks and directly communicating with contributors.