GitLab, a San Francisco, CA-based provider of Git repository management, code reviews, issue tracking, activity feeds and wikis, and free software, acquired Gitter, a London, UK-based chat and networking platform to manage, grow and connect communities through messaging, content and discovery.
The amount of the deal was not disclosed.
The acquisition is part of GitLab’s strategic plan to become the most popular SaaS solution for public repositories.
Launched in 2014, Gitter provides a platform to connect the open source and software development community with over 800,000 developers who have signed up. Following the agreement, the company will continue to operate as a standalone network. Over the coming months, the integration between the two companies will be improved to include “Login with GitLab” and the ability to create chat rooms and communities from GitLab groups and projects.
Gitter will be open sourced allowing members of the all community to contribute and improve the product.