Super simple group chat, without a subscription. And you get the code, too.
If you’ve used Slack or Teams, you already know how to chat with Campfire. Pay once, download, run one command, and host your whole company on your own server. It’s yours.
Campfire is an installable, self-hosted group chat system. Easily invite people. Make rooms. @mentions, DMs, and mobile support. The basics done right. And since you get the code and host it yourself, you can customize it however you’d like for your own use. Plus, you own your data.
Yes, and those products come with the worst feature ever: recurring charges that never end. It shouldn’t cost tens, hundreds or thousands of dollars a month forever to chat with your coworkers. That’s obscene. Besides, Slack and Teams have become unnecessarily complicated.
- As your primary chat. Tired of paying month after month forever just to chat with your team? Slash your costs, switch to Campfire, and make it your primary internal chat system.
- As your backup chat. Want to keep Slack or Teams, but need a backup when those go down? Don’t pay in perpetuity for something on standby — just pay once for Campfire.
- As educational material. Buy Campfire and you get the code. Dissect it, study it, modify it, examine it from the inside. Let high code standards rub off on your team.
- As a private, executive space. Campfire’s a great way to set up a walled garden that only a select few can access. It’s a completely distinct system for maintaining separation.
- For conferences, events, and communities. Share a QR code on the big screen, people snap the QR with their phones, and instantly establish a chat room for all attendees.
- For boards. Set up a private “air gapped” chat for your board, completely separate from the chat system the rest of your company uses. No accidental leaks.
Campfire is packed as a Docker container image, but all you need to know is how to connect to your server and run a single command which we’ll give you. It runs on your own hardware, in the cloud (AWS, etc.), or a host like DigitalOcean.
When installing Campfire via our once command, we’ll automatically setup a SSL certificate for the domain or subdomain you’re using. But if you’re technically sophisticated, you can also run Campfire directly via Docker on your internal network.
Yes, Campfire is just $299, once. No ongoing fees, no monthly fees, no annual fees, no per-user fees, no support contracts, nothing. You don’t rent Campfire like SaaS products — you buy it, it’s yours. Like a jar of peanut butter.
Nope — one person (you, your IT person, etc.) buys it, downloads it, and installs it on a server you control. It could be a remote shared server, too. Either way, once it’s installed and running, just invite co-workers to the system and they log into it via the web or their mobile devices like any group app.
Each Campfire installation pings our server once a day to see if there are any updates. If so, it’ll download and automatically install them. You can turn this off if you’d prefer to do it manually. As far as cost goes, if it’s on the same root version you have — like from 1.0 to 1.1 — the update will be free. Jumping version numbers (from 1.x to 2.x, for example), may cost extra. It’ll be up to you if you want to jump versions.
Campfire is designed to work beautifully on the mobile web — either as a tab in your mobile browser, or as a PWA (Progressive Web App) which you can launch right from your mobile device’s home screen like all your other apps. And like native apps, you’ll get badges on your icon and push notifications if you’d like.
Bare bones support is included, yes. That means we’re happy to occasionally help with the basics, but we can’t troubleshoot complex custom installations, or fix stuff you broke when you changed the code. Please send feature requests to email@example.com.
When you buy Campfire, we’ll issue you a license to install it on a single domain name. If you’d like to install it on multiple servers with different domain names, you’ll need to buy separate copies per domain.
Absolutely. Wherever you can host something like WordPress, you can host Campfire. Please refer to the system requirements section for further details.
Yes! Since Campfire runs on your own server, and doesn’t ping back to a remote server elsewhere, Campfire can run on air gapped networks without access to the outside internet. This means it’s an excellent fit in research facilities or other high security environments. Try that with remotely hosted SaaS products (Hint: you can’t).
Not at this time. Campfire is a fresh start.