Rocket.Chat: An amazing open source alternative to Slack that you can self-host

Introduction: Rocket.Chat is a functional open source team communication application, similar in appearance to Slack. You can freely host it, or you can choose a paid hosting service.

Slack is a useful and popular team communication application that has the potential to replace email at work. Many large and small teams are using it, even though we initially relied on Slack at FOSS.

However, we need a good open source alternative to Slack, and that is when we meet Rocket.Chat. Of course, there are several other open source Slack alternatives, but we chose Rocket.Chat because it is similar to Slack and easy to deploy.

Rocket.Chat: an open source communication platform

Rocket.Chat is an open source communication platform for team collaboration.

You will get all the necessary features to facilitate correct communication, and get a free entry, the choice of choosing Rocket.Chat team hosting service or deploying it on the server.

When deploying it on the server, you can customize it completely as needed. No matter what you choose to do, the feature set is impressive.

Let us see what it offers.

Features of Rocket.Chat

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Rocket.Chat is a powerful and flexible team communication tool. This is what you can expect:

  • Easy file sharing (drag and drop support)
  • Audio file sharing support
  • Video conferencing via Jitsi Meet integration
  • Separate channels (private and public choice)
  • End-to-end encryption support
  • Custom service theme (including custom function)
  • Guest access support
  • Unlimited message history (depending on server storage space used for self-management settings)
  • Broadcast channel support
  • RSS integration
  • Multiple third-party application integration support
  • White label (optional if you want to customize the brand)
  • Read the receipt (enterprise plan)
  • Push notification support
  • Customizable user permissions
  • 24 x 7 support (depending on pricing plan)
  • LiveChat integration support you can add on the website
  • Real-time translation
  • Self-hosted support
  • Cross-platform support (Windows, macOS, Android, iOS and Linux)

In addition to all the key points mentioned above, Rocket.Chat should also contain many small features.

Install Rocket.Chat client on Linux

If you have an instance of Rocket.Chat deployed or hosted by Rocket Chat itself, you can access it through a web browser, desktop client, and mobile application.

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On Linux, Rocket.Chat can be used as a snapshot and Flatpak package. You can read the guide on using snap or Flatpak on Linux to get started.

I recommend installing it as Flatpak (this is how I use it) to get the latest version. Of course, if you prefer to use it as a snapshot package, you can also use it.

In either case, you can browse the source code on it. GitHub page if you need.

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My opinion on using Rocket.Chat

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I have used Rocket.Chat for a long time (for our internal communication on FOSS). Even if I am not the one who deployed it on the server, document You are prompted to perform quick settings on the server.

It supports automated tools such as Ansible, Kubernetes, Etc., it also provides you with the option of deploying it directly as a Docker container.

You will find many management options to adjust the experience of Rocket.Chat instances. Even if you are not an expert in self-managing projects, it is easy to customize a lot of content.

I personally appreciate the ability to customize the theme (it is also easy to add dark mode switching). You also get all the basic options available on your smartphone. Overall, this is indeed an exciting change for Slack, and it should be a similar experience for most people.

What do you think of Rocket.Chat? Do you like features other than Rocket.Chat? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.