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Newer teams of designers and developers might be surprised at the wide array of chat applications. Some are more public than others, and you’ll find plenty of free alternatives mixed into paid services. But chatrooms or instant message chatting can be extremely beneficial to any company or team project.

Take a look over this collection of 15 brilliant IM tools and web applications. I’d encourage everyone to skim this collection and see if anything catches your eye. Managing a team is difficult – but having the proper channels for communication make any task a whole lot easier.


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When working as a distributed team or meeting remotely with clients, video chat is used frequently. is a free and web-based app that provides group video chat for up to 8 people.

The application doesn’t require sign-up, a room with a unique link can be created instantly and shared with others.

It is built with native web technologies, no download is needed and works on all browsers except IE.

There is also an API which may simplify integrating it to the project management cycle with ease.

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  • You’ll probably remember CometChat, a solid and self-hosted chat application that is similar to Facebook-chat and was featured few times at WRD.

    The application has been improved so much lately and now consists of more features that will probably attract users.

    To remember; CometChat is built with PHP and, with a simple setup, it instantly creates an in-site chat system that enables users/visitors to chat with each other.

    CometChat Splash

    It has support for text or video, screen sharing, file sharing, auto-translating conversations and even games to make sure the visitors spend lots of time on the site.

    Also, it integrates into most of the popular CMS + forum apps so easily and works with GTalk + Facebook chat too.

    With the newest one, ComeChat v5, it now has native apps for iOS + Android (there was also mobile-friendly web interface and a desktop messenger), Skype-like HD video, broadcasting videos and more.

    The Black Friday Sale

    CometChat Black Friday

    The sale is for the package of “Platinum Edition + Desktop Messenger + iOS & Android apps” for $747 (original price is $1097) and it can be reached from here.

    So, that’s $350 off and an opportunity for anyone willing to get the full package.

    The giveaway

    CometChat is giving away  “3 * CometChat Basic Edition” licenses.

    In order to join, a tweet with the hashtag “#blackfriday” and @cometchat is required. Click to tweet easily.

    Winners will be selected randomly and announced on Monday (2 Dec 2013). Good luck to all.

    The winners

    • @BryGom
    • @StylifyYourBlog
    • @eric_maechler


    Scrollback is an open source web application for adding a modern chat for websites.

    It is built with Nodejs and can be either used with the free hosted version or by downloading and self-hosting it.

    The app creates a single room chat interface where the community can communicate with each other.

    Nodejs Chat - Scrollback

    An “infinite scroll” eases following the previous messages, all messages are presented with a timeline and it is possible to view user details.

    Scrollback is compatible with IRC and it can match the style of any website with little work.

    Firechat is an open source chat application that doesn’t use any server-side code as it is built on Firebase (premium service with a satisfactory free account).

    The application has support for multiple rooms (users can create rooms), multiple users and private messages.

    Users can be authenticated via social accounts or other types of authentication can be implemented with less effort.


    There are other features like moderation, chat invitations and much more.

    Firechat is almost a plug ‘n’n play app and can be customized (design and function) with ease.

    Converse.js is an open source chat application that can connect to any XMPP/Jabber server (like Google Talk,Skype, etc.).

    It sits in the footer of web pages just like Facebook-chat and has support for one-to-one or multi-user conversations.

    Contact requests can be accepted/declined, statuses can be set (online, away..) and there are “typing” notifications to inform the “listening” users.


    With a little custom coding, single-site login can be accomplished (users logged in to the site will automatically be logged in to the chat).

    Also, Converse.js doesn’t use any server-side code and it is totally built with JavaScript.

    phpFreeChat is a free and open source PHP chat application that doesn’t require any database to run but rather uses the filesystem for it.

    It can be used at the same time by any number of users, has a responsive layout that works in mobile too and has a modular authentication system which can be integrated into any app.


    The application has 2 parts:

    • server: a PHP-powered engine that accepts REST commands and handles the chat logic
    • client: a jQuery plugin that communicates with the server and displays the chat interface

    phpFreeChat is pretty simple in functionality yet support for multiple rooms, smileys and a “new message notification” will be added soon.

    It is kinda easy to find high-quality open source web apps in PHP or JavaScript. But that’s a little harder for ASP.NET.

    JabbR is one of those treasures, it is an open source ASP.NET app for real-time chats.

    The app uses SignalR library for the communication and allows users to register/sign-in with their e-mails or via social auth (Facebook, Google, etc.).

    Open Source ASP.NET Chat - JabbR

    Users can define an avatar for themselves and communicate in a chat room (multiple chat room support with a tabbed interface) or privately.

    It can display inline content from multiple sources like YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, imgur, Google Docs and much more.

    There are multiple notification types so that you also keep up with the conversation (Chrome pop-ups, live Twitter mentions or audio).

    JabbR support Emojis, has keyboard shortcuts and IRC-like commands. Also, it has a responsive layout.

    Candy is an open source chat application that is built with JavaScript and makes use of Jabber (XMPP) for real-time communication.

    It has support for multiple rooms, users can be active in any number of rooms, chat publicly or privately and perform all of these in a good-looking, tabbed interface.

    Candy - Free JavaScript Chat Application

    The application notifies users when new messages arrive, users can be blocked and the admin has the right to kick/ban.

    Candy is themable and highly customizable (a powerful JavaScript API exists for that) with the provided event hooks + plugin support.

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  • Kandan is a free and open source chat application that is built with Ruby on Rails and works with various databases.

    The application allows conversations on multiple rooms/channels with a tabbed and slick interface.


    It is possible to view the active users, invite people via e-mail and have private chats.

    There is a per-channel media library where users can choose what to listen or a channel-wide music can be streamed.

    Kandan can be extended with plugins and can be deployed to multiple cloud hosting providers with ease.

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