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RocketChat vs Spectrum: What are the differences?

What is 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..

What is Spectrum? A community platform for the future. The community platform for the future.

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

Some of the features offered by RocketChat are:

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

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

  • Chat
  • Slack bot
  • Private channels

RocketChat and Spectrum are both open source tools. It seems that RocketChat with 23.3K GitHub stars and 5.01K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Spectrum with 7.08K GitHub stars and 618 GitHub forks.

Rocket.Chat, whoGloo, Inc., and SmartProcure are some of the popular companies that use RocketChat, whereas Spectrum is used by Tipe, Flamelink, and volkan.io. RocketChat has a broader approval, being mentioned in 34 company stacks & 12 developers stacks; compared to Spectrum, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.

Decisions about RocketChat and Spectrum
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 RocketChat
Pros of Spectrum
  • 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
    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
  • 9
    Video and audio
  • 6
    Web client
  • 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
  • 5
    Amazing product, fast moving development, and BYOS
  • 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
    Ldap integration
  • 1
    Linux Client Support
  • 1
    Flexible Integrations
  • 1
    Slack bridge
  • 0
    Threading model
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    Cons of RocketChat
    Cons of Spectrum
    • 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
    • 1
      Hard to upgrade
    • 1
      Not as well-known as others like it
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      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 Spectrum?

      The community platform for the future.

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        What are some alternatives to RocketChat and Spectrum?
        Mattermost
        Mattermost is modern communication from behind your firewall.
        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.
        Google Hangouts
        Message contacts, start free video or voice calls, and hop on a conversation with one person or a group.
        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.
        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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