Open source, self-hosted Slack-alternative.
Workplace messaging for web, PCs & phones with native apps. MIT-licensed. Hundreds of contributors. 10 languages. Secure, extendable, and scalable from teams to enterprise.
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Pro Can be self-hosted
You don't need to rely on someone else's servers, you can host Mattermost on your own server.
Pro Similar to Slack
Almost all features of Slack are available in Mattermost.
Pro One-line Docker install
With Docker set up, you can install Mattermost with the following command:
docker run --name mattermost-dev -d --publish 8065:80 mattermost/platform
For other cases, installation instructions can be found here.
Pro Free - OpenSource
You can download and use it as free for self-hosted server.
Pro Mobile apps for android and iOS
Pro You can change theme
Pro Desktop app for MacOS, Linux and Windows
Pro Browser notifications
Pro Mark-Down support
Yes, it supports markdown.
Con No easy End-to-End Encryption setup
Con Features not available out of the box
Difficult to setup the many features it offers. The easy docker installation is for the application only, not it's feature sets. Requires a license for full-set of features.
Con Poorly made iOS app
Built natively using React it suffers from unresponsiveness, input lag, and sometimes broken services. Coupled with a bad user experience.
Con Poorly made Android app
The Android application is just a badly wrapped web-view which does not perform well and has no form of offline caching whatsoever.
This doesn't work for every type of company. Mainly great for those concerned with privacy, security, compliance and control of your data/information.