HipChat vs RocketChat

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HipChat vs RocketChat: What are the differences?

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; RocketChat: Open source slack alternative. 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..

HipChat and RocketChat belong to "Group Chat & Notifications" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by HipChat are:

  • Desktop apps (Windows, Linux, Mac)
  • Mobile apps
  • Web app

On the other hand, RocketChat provides the following key features:

  • BYOS (bring your own server)
  • Multiple Rooms
  • Direct Messages

"Integrates well with a lot of developer tools" is the primary reason why developers consider HipChat over the competitors, whereas "Open source " was stated as the key factor in picking RocketChat.

RocketChat is an open source tool with 23.3K GitHub stars and 5K GitHub forks. Here's a link to RocketChat's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, HipChat has a broader approval, being mentioned in 308 company stacks & 116 developers stacks; compared to RocketChat, which is listed in 34 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.

Decisions about HipChat and RocketChat
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 HipChat
Pros of RocketChat
  • 144
    Integrates well with a lot of developer tools
  • 96
    Developer-friendly
  • 85
    Clients for every major platform
  • 70
    Mobile-friendly
  • 70
    Free unlimited users
  • 40
    Extremely easy to use for non-tech guys
  • 39
    Good api integration
  • 38
    Irc-like
  • 28
    Reliable
  • 26
    Feature rich
  • 13
    Affordable at $2/user
  • 6
    Email notifications
  • 6
    Text Messages
  • 4
    More developer-friendly than Skype
  • 3
    JIRA integration
  • 3
    Integrates with Atlassian products
  • 2
    Team Chat Rooms
  • 2
    Full text search
  • 1
    Intergration with all the things
  • 1
    gitlab
  • 1
    tagia
  • 1
    salt
  • 1
    Fast
  • 1
    On-Premise deployment
  • 1
    Trello integration
  • 1
    256-bit SSL encryption to transmit your data
  • 71
    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
    Desktop client for mac and windows
  • 19
    Built using meteor
  • 13
    Easily deployed on Cloud Services (Heroku, etc)
  • 10
    Screen Sharing
  • 9
    Excellent support & service, bar-none
  • 8
    Video and audio
  • 6
    Web client
  • 5
    Mobile app for android phone, tablet, and tv stick
  • 5
    Docker Image for easy setup
  • 5
    Open source
  • 5
    Multiple Security integrations - LDAP etc
  • 5
    Amazing product, fast moving development, and BYOS
  • 4
    Great development team
  • 4
    Free
  • 4
    Datacontrol
  • 2
    Love it - running on R Pi 2
  • 2
    Open source server
  • 1
    Linux Client Support
  • 1
    Flexible Integrations
  • 1
    Ldap integration
  • 1
    Slack bridge
  • 1
    Broadcast & Readonly channels
  • 0
    Threading model

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Cons of HipChat
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      Not as well-known as others like it

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    What is HipChat?

    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.

    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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