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Alternatives to Chatkit

SendBird, Firebase, LINE, Agora, and OpenTok are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Chatkit.
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What is Chatkit and what are its top alternatives?

Chatkit is designed to make it as simple as possible to add chat to your app. It lets you add 1-1 and group chat to your app, along with typing indicators, file attachments and storage, user online presence and a flexible permissions system.
Chatkit is a tool in the Communications SDK category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to Chatkit

  • SendBird
    SendBird

    SendBird is a Messaging SDK, Chat API, and fully managed chat infrastructure for your mobile apps and websites. Embeddable chat for iOS, Android, JavaScript, Unity, .NET. ...

  • Firebase
    Firebase

    Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds. ...

  • LINE
    LINE

    Use the Messaging API to build bots that provide personalized experiences for your users on LINE. You associate your bot with a channel on the LINE Platform. The bot works behind the LINE Official Account that is generated when you create the channel if you operate the account in bot mode. ...

  • Agora
    Agora

    Agora.io provides building blocks for you to add real-time voice and video communications through a simple and powerful SDK. You can integrate the Agora SDK to enable real-time communications in your own application quickly. ...

  • OpenTok
    OpenTok

    It adds the clarity and emotion of face-to-face communication to your brand whether you're developing for the web, iOS, or Android. We make the integration of high-quality live video a breeze so that you can focus on building a great product. ...

  • Twilio API for WhatsApp
    Twilio API for WhatsApp

    The Twilio API for WhatsApp provides developers all over the world with a simple, reliable, and officially supported way to use the WhatsApp Business API. They can now easily build messaging experiences that combine the ease of use of the Programmable SMS API with the global reach of WhatsApp. ...

  • Sinch
    Sinch

    Sinch makes it easy for developers to add voice, messaging and SMS to their apps with just a few lines of code. Enrich your apps with communications that your users will love. ...

  • QuickBlox
    QuickBlox

    Add powerful communication features to your mobile app and data services for your backend<br> ...

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SendBird

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A Complete Chat Platform, Messaging and Chat SDK and API
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PROS OF SENDBIRD
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    Active support is impressive. (Support for private deve
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    Easy to use
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    Pre-built UI for major platforms
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    Migration API for customers using other chat services
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    First chat SDK officially supports Xamarin
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    Scalability is awesome
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    Cool product
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    Because my product guy told me to
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    Unlimited number of users in public chat
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    Flexible message format ex) json, xml
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    Out of the box api and features
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    Intuitive and feature-packed
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    Policy on concurrent users leads to overages and overch
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I am considering which chat solution to choose between CometChat and SendBird, for our new app. The condition is, the app is going to run in a private network and has to connect with MSSQL. Any advice on other things I have to consider before choosing one, or is there another chat service you would recommend? Thank you!

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    Fast and responsive
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    Easy setup
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    Real-time
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    JSON
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    Free
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    Backed by google
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    Angular adaptor
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    Reliable
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    Great customer support
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    Great documentation
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    Real-time synchronization
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    Mobile friendly
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    Rapid prototyping
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    Great security
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    Automatic scaling
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    Freakingly awesome
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    Chat
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    Angularfire is an amazing addition!
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    Super fast development
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    Firebase hosting
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    Awesome next-gen backend
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    Ios adaptor
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    Built in user auth/oauth
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    Speed of light
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    Very easy to use
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    Great
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    Brilliant for startups
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    It's made development super fast
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    Push notification
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    Free hosting
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    Free authentication solution
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    Cloud functions
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    Low battery consumption
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    The concurrent updates create a great experience
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    I can quickly create static web apps with no backend
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    Great all-round functionality
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    Easy to use
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    Free SSL
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    Faster workflow
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    Google's support
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    Simple and easy
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    CDN & cache out of the box
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    Large
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    .net
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    Serverless
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    Good Free Limits
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    Can become expensive
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    No open source, you depend on external company
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    Scalability is not infinite
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    Not Flexible Enough
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    Cant filter queries
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    No Relational Data
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    Very unstable server
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    Too many errors
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    No offline sync

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Hi Otensia! I'd definitely recommend using the skills you've already got and building with JavaScript is a smart way to go these days. Most platform services have JavaScript/Node SDKs or NPM packages, many serverless platforms support Node in case you need to write any backend logic, and JavaScript is incredibly popular - meaning it will be easy to hire for, should you ever need to.

My advice would be "don't reinvent the wheel". If you already have a skill set that will work well to solve the problem at hand, and you don't need it for any other projects, don't spend the time jumping into a new language. If you're looking for an excuse to learn something new, it would be better to invest that time in learning a new platform/tool that compliments your knowledge of JavaScript. For this project, I might recommend using Netlify, Vercel, or Google Firebase to quickly and easily deploy your web app. If you need to add user authentication, there are great examples out there for Firebase Authentication, Auth0, or even Magic (a newcomer on the Auth scene, but very user friendly). All of these services work very well with a JavaScript-based application.

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