screenshot of RC4Community


Full-stack components for building, engaging, and growing your massive on-line community


Rocket.chat is a platform that allows users to build and grow online communities. It offers features such as browser-based development, customization options, and integration with external services.


  • Develop from any browser or Chromebook: Users can develop and make changes to their code using a browser or Chromebook, providing flexibility and accessibility.
  • Open in Gitpod: Rocket.chat provides a developer environment using Gitpod, allowing users to design and customize their community management system easily.
  • Gitpod Recommendations: Users are advised to download the Gitpod browser extension for seamless branch, issue, or PR development and consider enabling prebuilds for faster startup times.
  • Design and Development Time: Rocket.chat uses a headless CMS called strapi during development and build time for data provisioning.
  • Local Environment Setup: Users can set up their developer environment on their local machine or use the Gitpod method to code in the cloud.
  • Embedded Chat Component: Rocket.chat integrates the RC Embedded Chat Component to enable real-time communication within the platform.
  • Deployment Compatibility: The application is built on nextjs and can be deployed on all nextjs compatible CDN + microservices and scaled deployment platforms.
  • Directly Modify Portal Content: Designers and developers can modify the portal content independently using strapi, while developers benefit from the hot refresh and rapid iterations of the nextjs dev environment.
  • Application Build Time: The app can be built for deployment on compatible platforms. The CMS (strapi) is no longer needed during deployment.


To install the Rocket.chat theme and set up the developer environment, follow these steps:

  1. Install volta for managing Node.js versioning:

    curl https://get.volta.sh | bash
  2. Make sure Docker is installed and available on your system.

  3. Replace "localhost" with your static IP if setting up the environment on a VM.

  4. Follow the reference guide for setting up Rocket Chat + Google Auth with RC4Community.

  5. Customize the portal content using strapi by modifying it directly.

  6. To enable the Embedded Chat in RC4Community, follow the instructions provided and note down the Google Cloud Client ID and the Rocket Chat instance URL.

  7. Paste the Google Cloud Client ID and the Rocket Chat instance URL in the app/.env file with the following key name:

  8. Build the application for deployment. Ensure that the CMS (strapi) is up and running before proceeding.

  9. Upon successful build, the CMS (strapi) is no longer needed for deployment. Deploy the app, for example, to Vercel via a git push.


Rocket.chat is a powerful platform for building and growing online communities. Its browser-based development, customization options, and integration with external services make it a versatile tool for community management. With features like the RC Embedded Chat Component and the ability to directly modify portal content, Rocket.chat offers a comprehensive solution for creating engaging and interactive online communities.


Next.js is a React-based web framework that enables server-side rendering, static site generation, and other powerful features for building modern web applications.


TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript, providing optional static typing, classes, interfaces, and other features that help developers write more maintainable and scalable code. TypeScript's static typing system can catch errors at compile-time, making it easier to build and maintain large applications.