Self-hosted alternative to Tinychat?

Discussion in 'Hosting Talk & Reviews' started by k0nsl, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. k0nsl

    k0nsl Bad Goy

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    ...As the title says; are there any self-hosted alternatives to Tinychat (tinychat.com)? I would really want to get that running for me and my friends.

    All suggestions are welcome :)
     
  2. HaitiBrother

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    I might whip up something like this, sounds pretty simple, but for the video, I'd probably leverage the Google Hangouts API for video.

    Basically:

    Write the basic chat system, have a Broadcast button that links into Google Hangouts API.
     
  3. BrianHarrison

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    Have you ever used HipChat before? We use it for our internal company chat -- works great. Works on PC, Mac and mobile (have not tried *nix). I believe you can also self-host as well.
     
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  4. HalfEatenPie

    HalfEatenPie The Irrational One Retired Staff

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    We also use hipchat, and this is a totally different thing to Tinychat.

    Tinychat focuses on more the old AIM-style chat, and is commonly used for video and voice chatting purposes. Hipchat lacks this feature and is also not self-hosted (they require a purchased plan, but free up to 5 people).
     
  5. k0nsl

    k0nsl Bad Goy

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    I never used HipChat before but will have a look at it, too bad it is not self-hosted. Let's see now, okay, it does not have to be self-hosted but it would be a great plus if it was. Basically anything similar (or considerably better) to Tinychat is of interest to me. So far I have not found many good alternatives at all...although I have admittedly not looked very much, either. That's why I'm asking here he he  :D

    But ya, I will look at HipChat. I just need a system with basic chat + webcam support for a group of people to be able to meet up and talk, plan and just chat. I always try to look at self-hosted stuff because it feels more "at home" for me.
     
  6. HalfEatenPie

    HalfEatenPie The Irrational One Retired Staff

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    I think Camfrog has these features?  Although be wary that many providers don't allow Camfrog on their network (check their ToS).  

    HipChat doesn't have webcam support.  
     
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  7. 5n1p

    5n1p New Member

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    Have you tried this http://www.bearware.dk/ I have installed last year only to test and it has stuff you need.
     
  8. HalfEatenPie

    HalfEatenPie The Irrational One Retired Staff

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    Oh also look into XMPP server with a client that supports video chat.

    E.g. https://jitsi.org/

    Don't know if it'll actually fully support it, but I think it's worth investigating.  
     
  9. Shados

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    Doubt Jitsi uses XMPP for video conferencing - IIRC XEP-0272 hasn't gone anywhere yet :(.
     
  10. HalfEatenPie

    HalfEatenPie The Irrational One Retired Staff

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    I'm not too sure what Jitsi uses for video conferencing (I haven't really looked into the video conferencing needs really), but I know it uses XMPP.  

    Maybe it uses magic :eek:
     
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  13. BrianHarrison

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    HipChat is running a self-hosted server beta -- https://www.hipchat.com/server

    They come out with updates fairly regularly. Someone above posted that HipChat does not have video chat -- well now they do: https://www.hipchat.com/press

    They also integrate sceen-sharing, but I haven't tried out that feature yet.
     
  14. Tom_WebhostingUK LTD

    Tom_WebhostingUK LTD New Member

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    Yes, we too use Hipchat for internal conversation. It is self runned.