Pusher Shutting Down Chatkit

Tess G.
Tess G.
Published March 23, 2020 Updated June 9, 2021

Pusher is officially retiring their Chatkit product on April 23, 2020.

Counting down – Pusher is providing only 30 days before its complete shutdown! If you require a replacement for Pusher Chatkit, look no further than Stream Chat. As you can see below, Stream Chat offers everything that Chatkit provides, including plus a lot more in regards to functionality.

Need to Transition ASAP?

No problem. Some clients have migrated to Stream within two days! Check out our Chatkit Migration Guide located on GitHub to get started, or contact us at support@getstream.io to switch over to the Stream Chat SDks. Our team will help out in any way that we can to ensure a smooth transition.

Stream Chat vs. Chatkit Features

There isn't much of a comparison 😊

Main Features

Pusher Chatkit Messaging Features

Enterprise Features


Pusher Chatkit Enterprise Features

Moderation Tools

Pusher ChatKit's moderation

Scalability & Performance

Scalability and Performance

Pusher Chatkit launched only two years ago, so it's quite surprising they have to shut down already. Still, they had a tough time establishing their product due to the lack of some of the features alternative products like Stream Chat provide out of the box.

Initially, the differentiating factor of Pusher’s Chatkit was its emphasis on real-time functionality, but our platform connects users in real-time too, and with higher scalability and better performance. The abrupt announcement that Pusher was retiring Chatkit was a surprise to many, Stream included, but we're here to help!

We know it can be a challenge to migrate to a new platform within 30 days, so we've already created a migration guide that will help you switch to Stream asap while maintaining the functionality that you had with Pusher's Chatkit. We cover how to transfer your members, channels, and messages over to the Stream API as painlessly as possible.

Switch Over to Stream Chat!

Stream Chat is the most fully-featured, scalable, and highly-performing chat solution on the market. Pusher's shutdown of Chatkit is a curveball for its customers, but it’s also a great opportunity to start using a solution that can better support your business. Again, contact support@getstream.io if you are ready to migrate or if you have any questions.

If you're interested in reading more about the Pusher Chatkit shutdown and the simplicity behind the migration from Chatkit to Stream Chat, our team has recently posted this blog post.