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What is Gitter?

Gitter is a social networking and chat platform that uses messaging, content, and discovery to help communities manage, grow and connect. With unlimited people, message history, and integrations, you can enjoy free public and private gatherings. There’s no need to set up an invitation service if you’ve already created your community and are ready to start talking. Like with your other favorite developer tools, you can format your messages. Use Sidecar to embed Gitter directly in your site or complete history archives (indexed by search engines) and sharable permalinks. Gitter was created to make community communication, collaboration, and discovery as easy as possible. With just a click, you can easily make, organize, and grow your communities, inviting others to join as well. GitHub, Trello, Jenkins, Travis CI, Heroku, Sentry, BitBucket, HuBoard, Logentries, Pagerduty, and Sprintly are also integrations. We accept custom webhooks and have a flexible API and an open-source repository for integrations. 

For users and developers of GitLab and GitHub repositories, Gitter is an open-source instant messaging and chat room system. Gitter is a software-as-a-service platform that offers a free version that includes all of the basic features and the ability to make a single private chat room and a paid version that allows individuals and businesses to create unlimited private chat rooms. On GitHub, you can create individual chat rooms for each of your git repositories. The privacy settings are identical to those of the associated GitHub repository, so a chatroom for a private (members-only) GitHub repository is also personal to those who have access to it. The README file of the git repository can then include a graphical badge that links to the chat room, bringing it to the attention of all project users and developers. By logging into Gitter via GitHub, users can access or chat in the chat rooms for repositories they have access to. Slack is a clone of Gitter. It logs all messages in the cloud in the same way that Slack does. New Vector Limited acquired Gitter from GitLab in late 2020. The company announced that Gitter’s features would eventually be moved to New Vector’s flagship product, Element, completely replacing Gitter. 

When a group of developers tried to create a generic web-based chat application, they wrote extra code to connect their chat application to GitHub to meet their own needs and realized that they could turn the combined product into a viable specialist product on its right, they created Gitter. In 2014, Gitter went into public beta. Gitter sent out 1.8 million chat messages during the beta period. GitLab announced the acquisition of Gitter on March 15, 2017. The intention to keep Gitter as a separate project was started in the announcement. Aside from that, GitLab announced that by June 2017, the code would be open source under the MIT License. New Vector Limited purchased Gitter from GitLab on September 30, 2020, and announced that Gitter would soon support the Matrix protocol. Gitter’s features would eventually be moved to Element, New Vector’s flagship product, and Gitter would be completely replaced. It’s entirely written in JavaScript, with Node.js used for the backend of Gitter’s web application. Although Gitter had made numerous auxiliary projects available as open-source software, such as an IRC bridge for IRC users who prefer using IRC client applications (and their extra features) to converse in the Gitter chat rooms, the web application’s source code was previously proprietary (it was open-sourced in June 2017).

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