Hall vs RocketChat vs Zulip

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Christopher Semmler

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

Updates go smooth without a hassle, everything is logical, and the integration in 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 regarding introducing new features, but they maintain a stable experience, not breaking the codebase in order to hastily implement new features, 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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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 Hall
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    Github integration
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    Bitbucket integration
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    Apps for many platforms
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    Heroku integration
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    Open source
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    Can be deployed on premise
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    Byos (bring your own server)
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    Faster than Slack
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    Mobile app for iphone, ipad, and ipod touch
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    Desktop client for mac and windows
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    Built using meteor
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    Easily deployed on Cloud Services (Heroku, etc)
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    Screen Sharing
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    Excellent support & service, bar-none
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    Video and audio
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    Amazing product, fast moving development, and BYOS
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    Multiple Security integrations - LDAP etc
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    Web client
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    Docker Image for easy setup
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    Open source
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    Mobile app for android phone, tablet, and tv stick
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    Great development team
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    Love it - running on R Pi 2
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    Open source server
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    Slack bridge
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    Broadcast & Readonly channels
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    Linux Client Support
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    Flexible Integrations
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    Ldap integration
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    Threading model
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    Open source
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    Great Community
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    Extensive developer documentation
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    Powered by Python
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    Clean & Smooth UI
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    Full text search
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    Dozens of integrations
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    Threading model
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    On-premise deployment
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    Fully internationalized
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    Cross-platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android)
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    Its very good forsearching and chatting with topics
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    Runs very well
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    Very Nice
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    Awesome open source alternative to Slack
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    Mobile Push Notification
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    LDAP Integration

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      Not as well-known as others like it
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      Integration with most of well known services

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    What is Hall?

    Hall is group chat, IM and video chat for companies and teams. Available free for the web, desktop and mobile. FREE anytime, anywhere.

    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 Zulip?

    Zulip is powerful, open source team chat that combines the immediacy of real-time chat with the productivity benefits of threaded conversations. Zulip allows busy managers and others in meetings all day to participate in their teams chats.

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    What are some alternatives to Hall, RocketChat, and Zulip?
    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.
    Microsoft Teams
    See content and chat history anytime, including team chats with Skype that are visible to the whole team. Private group chats are available for smaller group conversations.
    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.
    Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio and files of any type. It provides instant messaging, simple, fast, secure and synced across all your devices.
    Mattermost is modern communication from behind your firewall.
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