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Founded in 2015 by Gabriel Engel, Rocket.Chat began life as a LiveChat support tool built on Meteor. It has come a long way since then: it received funding from US-based New Enterprise Associates in 2016 worth $5,000,000 USD and won multiple prizes such as a 2016 Bossie Award for Best Open Source Application and first prize in the 2017 edition of All Things Open’s Startup Competition.
Today, Rocket.Chat is an open source communication hub that enables banks, NGOs, startups, and governmental organizations to have their own chat tool, customize its look and feel, choose their users, and securely manage data.
Users can set up Rocket.Chat either in the cloud or by hosting their own servers on-premises.
Rocket.Chat can be forked on Github and become a new platform altogether. This is possible thanks to its code being open source and thus openly available to the community. Key features include free audio and video conferencing, guest access, screen and file sharing, LiveChat, LDAP Group Sync, two-factor authentication (2FA), E2E encryption, SSO, dozens of OAuth providers and unlimited users, guests, channels, messages, searches and files. Customization is enabled with the option of adding or removing features and selecting your own integrations, plugins, themes, mobile and desktop apps.
Rocket.Chat is a fast-growing platform that is now installed on over 700k servers, counts over 12 million users worldwide and has an active, passionate community of over 800 developer-contributors who help Rocket.Chat’s core team of developers to constantly improve the product. Rocket.Chat’s long-term vision is to replace email with a real-time federated communications platform and offer services to enable businesses to be built using Rocket.Chat.