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What is Gitter?

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

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.

What is 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.
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      What are some alternatives to Gitter, RocketChat, and Slack?
      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.
      GitHub
      GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over three million people use GitHub to build amazing things together.
      Riot
      Riot brings custom tags to all browsers. Think React + Polymer but with enjoyable syntax and a small learning curve.
      Mattermost
      Mattermost is modern communication from behind your firewall.
      Spectrum
      The community platform for the future.
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      Decisions about Gitter, RocketChat, and Slack
      Vishnu KS
      Vishnu KS
      Software Engineer at Zulip · | 5 upvotes · 18.3K views
      atZulipZulip
      Zulip
      Zulip
      Slack
      Slack

      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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      rishig
      rishig
      Head of Product at Zulip · | 4 upvotes · 27.9K views
      atZulipZulip
      Slack
      Slack
      Mattermost
      Mattermost
      RocketChat
      RocketChat

      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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      Zulip
      Zulip
      Slack
      Slack

      I use Zulip because I love how it lets me focus on my work, and doesn't need me to be constantly online to be able to participate in conversations that matter to me. Zulip's topics make it super easy to get an overview of all the conversations that happened while I was away, and pick and choose the conversations that I want to catch-up with. Slack 's threads seem like an after-thought and aren't effective for catching-up at all!

      I also love the Zulip community, and the care and effort put in by the members to make it a friendly and welcoming community to new developers, and to make the contribution experience pleasant for all the contributors.

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      Francisco Quintero
      Francisco Quintero
      Tech Lead at Dev As Pros · | 7 upvotes · 71.4K views
      atDev As ProsDev As Pros
      Node.js
      Node.js
      Rails
      Rails
      Amazon EC2
      Amazon EC2
      Heroku
      Heroku
      RuboCop
      RuboCop
      JavaScript
      JavaScript
      ESLint
      ESLint
      Slack
      Slack
      Twist
      Twist

      For many(if not all) small and medium size business time and cost matter a lot.

      That's why languages, frameworks, tools, and services that are easy to use and provide 0 to productive in less time, it's best.

      Maybe Node.js frameworks might provide better features compared to Rails but in terms of MVPs, for us Rails is the leading alternative.

      Amazon EC2 might be cheaper and more customizable than Heroku but in the initial terms of a project, you need to complete configurationos and deploy early.

      Advanced configurations can be done down the road, when the project is running and making money, not before.

      But moving fast isn't the only thing we care about. We also take the job to leave a good codebase from the beginning and because of that we try to follow, as much as we can, style guides in Ruby with RuboCop and in JavaScript with ESLint and StandardJS.

      Finally, comunication and keeping a good history of conversations, decisions, and discussions is important so we use a mix of Slack and Twist

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      Aghmat Abrahams
      Aghmat Abrahams
      Junior Data Engineer at Impact Radius · | 5 upvotes · 20.1K views
      Mattermost
      Mattermost
      Jira
      Jira
      GitHub
      GitHub
      OpsGenie
      OpsGenie
      Slack
      Slack

      Slack is the industry standard for managed instant messaging (IM). A good alternative would be to self (or cloud) host an open source IM such as Mattermost but as always it would be a good idea to do a cost benefit analysis between the solutions.

      Some of the main things to consider:

      • Having a good SDK for plugin creation
      • Having good integrations with existing tools ( JIRA , GitHub , OpsGenie , etc.)
      • Cost
      • Maintenance and administration
      • Covers all your businesses use cases
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      Mark Nelissen
      Mark Nelissen
      CTO at Gemsotec bvba · | 5 upvotes · 32.2K views
      Slack
      Slack
      HipChat
      HipChat
      Stride
      Stride
      Skype
      Skype
      Mattermost
      Mattermost

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

      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