When comparing IRC vs Mattermost, the Slant community recommends Mattermost for most people. In the question“What is the best team chat software?” Mattermost is ranked 9th while IRC is ranked 14th. The most important reason people chose Mattermost is:
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](https://github.com/mattermost/platform/blob/master/doc/install/Docker-Single-Container.md#one-line-docker-install).
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Pro Open protocol
The IRC protocol is public and open, it is mature and stable, and has been implemented in numerous projects. This means that it can be used freely, for both open-source and commercial projects.
IRC offers choice. Choice in clients (mobile, desktop, web), in scripts those clients run, in servers and features those servers have. You can even set up your own server.
Pro Less distracting
Compared to other common solutions, IRC can be ignored when you are occupied doing something else. Most clients don't pester you with sounds or distracting visuals.
Every notable IRC client supports mentions - notifying you when your name is mentioned in the chat.
Pro Hundreds of avaliable clients
IRC has been around since 1988, so there is a ton of existing software to work with it. Everything from clients, to chat bots, to bouncers is already built.
Pro No account necessary
No need to sign up for access, confirm your e-mail address. Just choose a nickname and you're done.
Pro IRC networks are not centralized
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 Can be self-hosted
You don't need to rely on someone else's servers, you can host Mattermost on your own server.
Con Poor multimedia support
Sending anything besides text is not easy or intuitive and depends on the client.
Con Complex and not user friendly
Con Can be addictive
Con Assumes some level of prior knowledge
The features are not discoverable the way they are in other apps and services.
Con Advanced functionality is client-dependant
Con Poor Android application
Mattermost's Android application is thus far (2017-01-10) still just a poorly wrapped webview with the usual performance problems and a lack of offline functionality.