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Gitter vs Spectrum: What are the differences?

Gitter: Messaging for people who make software. Integrated with your team, projects and your code. Free chat rooms for your public repositories A bit like IRC only smarter. Chats for private repositories as well as organisations.; Spectrum: A community platform for the future. The community platform for the future.

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

Some of the features offered by Gitter are:

  • Know who's seen any message
  • Edit messages after you've sent them
  • Full emoji support

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

  • Chat
  • Slack bot
  • Private channels

Spectrum is an open source tool with 7.08K GitHub stars and 618 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Spectrum's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Gitter has a broader approval, being mentioned in 25 company stacks & 41 developers stacks; compared to Spectrum, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.

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From a StackShare Community member: “We’re about to start a chat group for our open source project (over 5K stars on GitHub) so we can let our community collaborate more closely. The obvious choice would be Slack (k8s and a ton of major projects use it), but we’ve seen Gitter (webpack uses it) for a lot of open source projects, Discord (Vue.js moved to them), and as of late I’m seeing Spectrum more and more often. Does anyone have experience with these or other alternatives? Is it even worth assessing all these options, or should we just go with Slack? Some things that are important to us: free, all the regular integrations (GitHub, Heroku, etc), mobile & desktop apps, and open source is of course a plus."

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Arnaud Lemercier
Expert En Dveloppement Web Et Systmes Dinformations, Designer UX, UI, Co-grant at Wixiweb · | 4 upvotes · 136.4K views

We use Discord to tracking some action and errors (logs / alerting / assertion). it's free and simple to use with mobile application et notifications

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Rebecca Driscoll

We use Slack to increase productivity by simplifying communication and putting Slack in the middle of our communication workflow #Communications #Collaboration

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Michael Ionita

We use Slack because we can let "tools talk to us" and automate processes in our dev team using bots.

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Julien Tanay
Lead DevOps. Every day product hacker. at Dior · | 2 upvotes · 132.9K views

Our Discord Server is our n°1 community stop; we gather feedback from our users from here, discuss about new features, announce new releases, and so on.

We even use it for internal meetings and calls !

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Pros of Gitter
Pros of Spectrum
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    Github integration
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    Markdown support
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    Graceful integration
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    IRC bridge
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    Integrates with everything
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    Apps available for most platforms
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    Cross-repository issue reference
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    Github login
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    IRC support
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    My new fav'rite thing is on it
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    Very fast work
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    Very open
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    Now open source
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    Open source
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    Free unlimited archives
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    Open access (no invitation needed)
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    Single account for all communities
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    Free, open & free hosting
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      Sends data to US Gov
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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 Spectrum?

      The community platform for the future.

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        What are some alternatives to Gitter and Spectrum?
        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.
        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 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 brings custom tags to all browsers. Think React + Polymer but with enjoyable syntax and a small learning curve.
        Mattermost is modern communication from behind your firewall.
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