Gitter is joining the GitLab Team

By Sid Sijbrandij, GitLab Team

March 17, 2017

We're excited to announce that Gitter has been acquired by GitLab!

Today we have some exciting news to announce: Gitter has been acquired by GitLab!

Since its launch in 2014, Gitter has fast become the place to connect the open source and software development community. Over 800,000 developers have signed up to Gitter, where they can join any of the thousands of chat communities and connect with one another to discuss software and technology.

Community is core to GitLabís principles. Our mission is to ensure that everyone can contribute, and over a thousand developers have contributed to GitLab CE. This acquisition is part of the our strategic plan to become the most popular SaaS solution for public repositories. While we are still years away from reaching this goal, we recognize great project chat is an essential element of most open source projects. Gitter is the leading solution and we expect it to grow even larger in the coming years. When the opportunity came to combine forces, we decided to do it.

Gitter will continue to operate as a standalone network, continuing to making its project chat capabilities available to all. Over the coming months, the GitLab integration will be improved to include 'Login with GitLab' and the ability to easily create chat rooms and communities from GitLab groups and projects.

More importantly, we will open source the whole of Gitter, allowing members of the community to contribute and improve the product for everyone!

Gitter has always provided unlimited free chat for public communities, as part of the acquisition, all private conversations will now be free and unlimited too.

The coming years we want to work with the wider community to make Gitter a great help to run open source communities. After open sourcing, we'll focus our attention in adding login with GitLab, GitLab backed Gitter communities, and finishing the Topics feature that is already released in beta on Gitter. We'll discuss with the wider community what is next after that, for example it could be a feature that helps with maintaining a core team.

To see what this means for you please take a look at the Q&A below and the blog post from Gitter about this acquisition.

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