Community Tools Lists

Community tools can be hard to define as often they are ‘communication tools’ and the boundaries of what we need vary from community to community.

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Name Description
WhatsApp Message privately Simple, reliable, private messaging and calling for free*, available all over the world.
SIgnal Speak Freely. Say hello to a different messaging experience. An unexpected focus on privacy, combined with all of the features you expect.
Telegram Telegram is a cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a focus on security and speed.
Rocket.Chat Keep the workflow going by centralizing all your tools and touchpoints in one platform. Made for team collaboration, DevOps and customer engagement.
Geneva Chat Geneva is the best way to stay connected with all your favorite groups and clubs — it’s more organized than GroupMe, more private than Facebook, and more fun than Slack.
Frond A better way to build community online.
Discord Discord is the easiest way to talk over voice, video, and text. Talk, chat, hang out, and stay close with your friends and communities.
Yap yap is an ephemeral, real-time chat room with up to six participants.
Slack With all your people, tools and communication in one place, you can work faster and more flexibly than ever before.
Mattermost An open source platform for developer collaboration. Secure, flexible, and integrated with the tools you love.
Flock Your new home for collaboration. One shared space for all your cross-functional work
Fleep Fleep is a professional messenger for companies that value simple digital solutions.
Twist Twist is async messaging for teams burned out by real-time, all-the-time communication and ready for a new way of working together.
Spaces The all new way to Communicate and Collaborate with Colleagues. 10x better than Group Chat. Structured. Organised. Secure. Private.
Hiven Hiven connects you to friends, fans and new exciting communities From private, to public, to monetized groups.
Guild Engage customers and generate leads through high quality groups, networks and communities.
Zulip Zulip combines the immediacy of real-time chat with an email threading model. With Zulip, you can catch up on important conversations while ignoring irrelevant ones.
Bunches Start a Bunch and deepen your connection with your fans. True fans mean more than followers. They make a community.
Element Secure communication and collaboration.
:tv: Live Events
Hopin Create immersive virtual, hybrid, and in-person event experiences for your audience, no matter where they are.
Crowdcast Reach, engage, and grow your community with online events.
Airmeet Say goodbye to dull and boring webinars that provide little value. Host premium webinars and online events that grow revenue and customer loyalty.
Butter Butter’s agenda planner, delightful interactions, and integrated collaboration tools let you run super-engaging workshops, trainings, and meetings—without juggling a million tools.
Class for Zoom Add teaching & learning tools to Zoom. Best-in-class digital live learning with the next generation virtual classroom.
HeySummit HeySummit is the easy to use virtual event platform that helps you grow your audience and monetize your passion.
Whereby Whereby’s the easiest way to connect over video – with no app or software download required. Connect with anyone, anywhere with zero hassle.
Restream Restream allows you to stream live to 30+ social platforms at once.
Mmhmm Mmhmm makes video calls less boring. Make your presentations stand out with custom effects, backgrounds, and animations.
Around Discover radically unique video calls designed to help hybrid-remote teams create, collaborate and celebrate together.
Remotion Video calls for engineers
Bramble Bramble gives you everything you need to create and customize your own virtual space for every kind of social gathering online.
Livestorm A simple meeting and webinar platform with built‑in tools, to grow and collaborate.
Topia Replace webinars, branded content, and corporate meeting tools with interactive experiences.
Remo Remo is an interactive virtual event platform that empowers you to grow and engage your audience
Toucan Toucan is a platform designed to host virtual social events.
Mibo There is no better place to get together. Break free from the grid with virtual group gatherings that feel real.
Gather.Town Centered around fully customizable spaces, Gather makes spending time with your communities just as easy as real life.
Twitch Twitch is an interactive livestreaming service for content spanning gaming, entertainment, sports, music, and more.
Session The easiest way to host interactive webinars and meetings
Run the World Run The World is a one-stop solution for virtual social gatherings, webinars and conferences that deliver engagement.
Kumospace Say goodbye to unproductive and morale-draining video calls with a virtual office that brings your team together. Get answers and alignment instantly.
Zoom Explore how the Zoom platform seamlessly brings together remote and in-person teams, for work that goes wherever you do.
SpacialChat Bring people together in your virtual meetings Group video chat for in-person virtual meetings, anywhere, anytime.
Skittish A Playful, Audio-First Space for Virtual Events and Gatherings
Shindig Virtual and hybrid events with work the room video chat networking
BigMarker The #1 Video Platform for Webinars, Summits & Virtual Conferences
Run The World Run The World is a one-stop solution for virtual social gatherings, webinars and conferences that deliver engagement.
Mentimeter Engage your audience & eliminate awkward silences
:innocent: All-in-one
Gradual All Community-Led Experiences In One Place
MemberUp Where creators + brands build extraordinary communities.
BackSpace Online Communities Made simple.
Heartbeat Host conversations, events, content, and more on your own domain
Pensil Launch your own online community in under a minute
Union Create, manage, and optimize your community on one platform
Amity Easily add pre-built social features to your app or website: Chat, Profiles, Forums, Feeds, Video Stories, and more.
HoneyCommb All-in-one platform for independent social networks. Honeycommb is for anyone with a community who wants total ownership & control of their own social network.
hivebrite A powerful online community platform, Hivebrite provides top organizations with all the tools they need to build, manage, and engage their community.
Forem Forem is an open source platform for building modern, independent, and safe communities.
Kajabi Turn what you know best into an online course, coaching program, membership, podcast, and more!
Edition Discussion Forum built for Customer Support
Circle The modern community platform for creators. Bring together your discussions, memberships, and content.
Vito Flexible, private, online spaces with Vito.
Habitate Create a beautifully branded, fully functioning community on your domain.
Mighty Networks Bring your community, courses, memberships, and events together in one place under your brand.
Disciple Bring your people, memberships, and content together in your own fully-branded and private community platform.
Panion Grow, engage, and unite your community in a safe and authentic space.
Bettermode A customizable community platform for businesses. Behind every successful company is the ability to engage and delight customers.
Ramen Life All-in-one community platform to support entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey.
Glynk Glynk is a customer community platform, meticulously crafted by successful community makers.
BuddyBoss We make it easy for you to build on WordPress, the World’s #1 open source platform, giving you the flexibility, control and freedom you need, to create a successful online platform.
Higher Logic Engage your entire audience across every stage of their journey with our powerful online community solution, built for you and aligned to your goals.
Haaartland A platform for your togetherness a simple and safe space when you want to bring people together around a common why
Hylo Hylo helps groups and networks build community and a better world, together.
Beam Build and monetize engaged and loyal online communities through the power of gamification.
Khoros Online brand communities for big businesses
BuddyPress Fun & flexible software for online communities, teams, and groups. BuddyPress helps you build any kind of community website using WordPress, with member profiles, activity streams, user groups, messaging, and more.
Skool Community platform for creators. Part community, part game, part business, part learning.
Group.app Build a learning community around your expertise.
Groupsite Collaboration and Engagement For Growing Communities Affordable. Brandable. Scalable.
Guilded Guilded upgrades your group chat and equips your server with integrated event calendars, forums, and more – 100% free.
ZenDesk Gather Create a space for your customers to connect and collaborate
Convosight All-in-one platform to monetise your community on Facebook, Whatsapp or Reddit
Mobilize Create an engaged, data-driven community that works.
Scenes Everything you need to manage, moderate, and monetize your community in one simple, yet powerful app — with your branding, on your domain.
Cabal Get more out of your investors and advisors Build your network of supporters.
:open_hands: Matchmaking
Orbiit Virtual networking, reimagined. Giving you the tools and insights to bring your people together for life-changing conversations.
Covalent Drive engagement, growth, and NPS by connecting your community, one introduction at a time.
Meetsy Create meaningful connections and scale relationship building to foster a sense of belonging.
Donut Connect serendipitously for virtual coffee, peer learning, DEI discussions, and more.
Random Coffee RandomCoffee creates targeted connections between employees at work with a unique matching platform.
Intros.ai Build meaningful connections in your community with Intros
LunchClub We facilitate casual conversations that lead to not-so-casual professional impact. Powered by AI.
:microphone: Audio
Twitter Twitter Spaces
LinkedIn LinkedIn Live
Clubhouse Hang out with friends, meet new ones, and talk about anything.
Discord Audio channels
Mumble Open Source, Low Latency, High Quality Voice Chat
Rambly Walk and talk with your friends in a 90’s-style video game
Jam An open source audio space for chatting, brainstorming, debating, jamming, micro-conferences and more.
High Fidelity Power natural conversations that make people feel like they’re in the room together.
CozyRoom Free peer-to-peer spatial audio environments
Agora Build into your app. Live, interactive voice and video powered by the only global network dedicated to real-time engagement.
:chart_with_upwards_trend: Analytics & Automation
Threado Get actionable insights, automate your community workflows and activate more members across Slack, Discord, Discourse and other platforms.
Savannah Savannah is a Community Relationship Manager that gives you the insights you need to better manage and grow your community.
Peritus Unified Community Intelligence to Scale Your Developer-First Business
Levellr Build a thriving fan community on Discord or Telegram
TalkBase Talkbase is a Community Operations platform designed for team collaboration, program management and member tracking.
Common Room Common Room helps you deepen relationships, build better products, and grow faster.
Spontively Gain real-time analytics to measure community engagement, growth, and impact across any platform.
Waves Store your Slack community’s gold in an organized & searchable knowledge base
:tickets: Events Management
Bevy Unlock the power of in-person connection with Community led events
Eventbrite Eventbrite brings people together through live experiences.
Meetup Join a group to meet people, make friends, find support, grow a business, and explore your interests.
Localist Connect Your Community With Virtual Events
Luma Foster meaningful relationships with events, newsletters, and community analytics
Partiful A party page that hypes up your event and makes it easier for guests to get the info they need
Sched Event scheduling software that puts the professional into your event
SplashThat single tool to create, manage, and execute events that grow your business and amplify your brand.
SwapCard Build a community around your brand
TicketTailor Ticket Tailor is a simple, free event ticketing solution for events of all shapes and sizes.
TicketTribe Sell tickets online. With no fees per ticket.
Tito Design-led software for simple management of ticket sales for events. We aim to be a sustainable, ethical business driven by people & principles.
Virtually Virtually is the most powerful attendance tracking tool for Zoom.
:woman_cartwheeling:t2: Productivity
Supernormal Video messaging for teams.
Otter Goodbye manual notes. Hello OtterPilot™
Guru Guru is a knowledge management solution that :sparkles:delivers :sparkles:everything you need.
Bubbles Eliminate 38% of meetings with quick back-and-forth videos and smart reminders
:handshake: Membership
Substack A place for independent writing. Start a newsletter. Build your community. Make money from subscriptions. Publishing is free, with no limits. We only make money when you do.
Glide Turn your data into software.
Softr Build custom apps for your business, as easy as lego
Pory Membership Site For Your Community. Turn your data into a membership sitewith access to content and community.
Open Collective Make your community sustainable. Collect and spend money transparently.
Ghost Turn your audience into a business.
WooCommerce A membership solution 100% integrated with your content and products.
Buy Me A Coffee Buy Me a Coffee is a simple, meaningful way to fund your creative work.
Gumroad Gumroad is a powerful, but simple, e-commerce platform.
Patreon Creativity powered by membership
Memberstack Authentication & payments for companies who love Webflow, Stripe, & React.
Selffy Easy-to-use eCommerce for creators. Sell merchandise or digital products — all from one place.
Squarespace Everything you need to grow online.
Memberful Best-in-class membership software for independent creators, publishers, educators, podcasters, and more.
Memberspace Add members-only access to any part of your website and accept payments.
LaunchPass Launch a paid chat community in minutes
MemberPress The “All-In-One” Membership Plugin for WordPress
WishList Quickly Protect Your Content With WishList Member…
SuperPeer Superpeer gives you the tools to run your business, and grow your community in a more authentic way.
:keyboard: Forums
Discourse Civilized discussion for your community
Invision Community Build and grow your community with our scalable and customizable community platform.
Reddit Reddit is a network of communities where people can dive into their interests, hobbies and passions
Outverse Redesigning the experience for internet communities – combining forums, custom spaces, video and more.
Flarum Forums made simple. Modern, fast, and free!
GitHub Discussions Ask questions, share ideas, and build connections with each other—all right next to your code.
Lobsters Computing-focused community centered around link aggregation and discussion
:mortar_board: Education
Maven Online cohort-based courses taught live by experts.
Teachable Build a knowledge business that lasts
Disco Where creators build LIVE learning experiences
Podia Everything you need to sell courses, webinars, downloads, and memberships. Never worry about getting a bunch of different tools to “talk to each other” again.
:gift: Swag
Stickermule Custom printing that kicks ass.
Baudville Finding the right gift to boost employee engagement is more important than ever
Cottonbureau Find your next favorite t-shirt, tank top, hoodie, fleece, or phone case at Cotton Bureau.
Printful Print-On-Demand with Printful - No Inventory, No Minimums
SwagUp The Swag Platform For The Modern Workplace Create
Loop & Tie Send unique, elevated gifts that help your brand stand out
Tremendous Rewards people love
Slingshot Swag is awesome. Managing it sucks.
BHN Rewards Give your customers options, no matter where they are in the world.
:e-mail: Email
Substack With Substack, anyone can start a publication that combines a personal website, blog, and email newsletter or podcast.
Ghost Turn your audience into a business
Beehiv The newsletter platform built for growth ·
Superhive The first interactive, community-generated newsletter.
Groups.io Email Groups. Supercharged
Get Lowdown Auto-deliver the best content shared in your community direct to members, guiding them back to engage.
LetterLoop Private group newsletters for friends, families & teams
:vibration_mode: SMS
Subtext Instantly connect with your audience over text.
Community Real conversation starts when you listen …SMS Software with Enterprise-grade power and everyday ease of use.
Texts One inbox. All your messages.
:hash: Slack
Dots Build amazing community experiences on Discord & Slack
Waves Store your Slack community’s gold in an organized & searchable knowledge base
Magik Everything you need to build your Community on Slack
Slack Reporting Tool A Slack app to help administer workspaces by letting team members report offensive messages
:hugs: Social
Facebook Groups Connect with people who share your interests.
Twitter From breaking news and entertainment to sports and politics,
Instagram A simple, fun & creative way to capture, edit & share photos, videos & messages
LinkedIn Manage your professional identity.
TikTok TikTok is a video-sharing app that allows users to create and share short-form videos
Reddit Reddit is a network of communities
Substack With Substack, anyone can start a publication
Medium Medium is an open platform where readers find dynamic thinking, and where expert and undiscovered voices can share their writing on any topic.
Bluesky An app (in Beta) and initiative to transition the social web from platforms to protocols for open and decentralized public conversation
:sparkles: Engagement
HeyTaco HeyTaco sparks conversations and builds stronger relationships
Abot Simple and Highly Configurable Anonymous Feedback and Polls for Slack
VideoAsk Interact face-to-face with your audience & build stronger business relationships.
:desktop_computer: In App
Tribally Launch in-app social feed with a few lines of code.
:brain: Knowledgebase
Notion Your wiki, docs, & projects. Together.
Slab Easily create, organize, and discover knowledge for your entire organization
Question Base Question Base uses AI to answer your team’s questions right inside Slack.
:houses: Local community
Mycoop Use mycoop to communicate, connect, and collaborate in buildings of all types.
Commonplace Create better places together
:speech_balloon: Comments
Comment.io Embed comments without giving up your privacy.
Cactus Comments Cactus Comments is a federated comment system for the web
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This list is just in time for me. I have been overwhelmed for the past few months with names of community platforms randomly popping all over LinkedIn and never had a reference point as to what is what !! I am printing this list out :star_struck: Thanks a lot Rosie!

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Ah, thank you. Let me know if there are any missing, these things are forever changing. :slight_smile: