Introducing Channels


Today, we introduced a major feature to Gitter called Channels. These are rooms about anything and don't have to map directly to something in GitHub.

Want a devops room? A design room? A watercooler? A London office room? Want an invite-only room with a few people in it? Channels are your friend.

If you reload Gitter, you'll notice a new button at the bottom left of the screen titled Create a room.

Click that and you'll have the choice of creating a new channel or a repository chat room.

channels screenshot

You can then pick the owner of the channel (yourself or an organisation) and choose the name of the room and what permissions you'd like on the room.

We'll be adding further improvements to channels very soon. This will include allowing them to be shown to your organisation so that people can discover them easily.

You'll also notice now, in any room, you can add people to a room by clicking on the settings cog and choosing Add people to this room.

That's it. Please let us know how you get along either via our support site or come and join us on Gitter.

Mike Bartlett

Mike Bartlett

Mike is one of the founders at Gitter. He's mostly a product guy, but writes a bit of code, makes pixels and tea. Yes, he also has a beard.

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