• Tox icon

    Tox

    Send messages, files, create groups and make Tox to Tox audio and video calls. Securely.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Android Tablet BSD

    • Highly secure chat client with Android capability. Awesome.
      Guest • Jun 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • Jitsi icon

    Jitsi

    Jitsi (previously SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator with full end-to-end encryption that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, ICQ/AIM, Windows Live, Yahoo!, GTalk/Hangouts extensions, as well as OTR...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android BSD

  • Trillian icon

    Trillian

    Trillian is an instant messaging app that works on phones, tablets, and desktops while keeping your chats neatly synchronized between all of them! We think conversation should be easily shared between all of your devices, not trapped...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry iPad

    • Pidgen supports multiple accounts from multiple services, while this is a single service. So instead of allowing you to use all your existing accounts it requires you to use their account. The beauty of Pidgen is that you can connect with your friends using the service they use instead of trying to sell them on the service you want to use.
      Guest • Jan 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Adium icon

    Adium

    Adium is a free and open source instant messaging application for Mac OS X, written using Mac OS Xs Cocoa API, released under the GNU GPL and developed by the Adium team. Based on the libpurple protocol library, Adium can connect you...

    Open Source Mac

    • Has the inactivity detector and is setting me as away when I am not in front of computer.
      antoniobeanaOct 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Ring icon

    Ring

    Ring is a secure and distributed voice, video and chat communication platform that requires no centralized server and leaves the power of privacy in the hands of the user.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android

    • Pidgin more focused on text and mutiprotocol messaging. While Ring more focused on a distributed non-multiprotocol service.
      Guest • Jun 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Franz icon

    Franz

    Franz is a free messaging app / former Emperor of Austria and combines chat & messaging services into one application. Franz currently supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat and many more. You can download Franz for Mac...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

  • ICQ icon

    ICQ

    ICQ is one of the oldest instant messengers. First developed by the Israeli company Mirabilis, sold to AOL, sold again and currenly owned by the Russian "mail.ru" group (known for one of the largest social networks). ICQ has...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Windows Mobile Android iPhone Java Mobile S60 Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Kindle Fire

  • Psi icon

    Psi

    Psi is an instant messaging application for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X that connects to the free, open Jabber IM network (also known as XMPP). Localized versions of Psi are available in almost twenty different languages. Built-in...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Quassel IRC icon

    Quassel IRC

    Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client based on the Qt4 framework. Distributed means that one (or multiple) client(s) can attach to and detach from a central core that stays permanently online -- much like the...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted

  • Rambox icon

    Rambox

    Free, Open Source and Cross Platform messaging and emailing app that combines common web applications into one.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Warning The installer contains a trojan and possibly other malware according to Baidu, Quihoo-360, and Windows Defender: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/16f58286c4760fd44896d3dd7a39276a769d301d3193083a130b7a6cd2e03a8d/analysis/1482115813/ | https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/a32e5006f0e227d88a8c8446c0e288bdc4c2a1fb4e9af5ea24a1819131a21ca5/analysis/1482115816/
  • Spark icon

    Spark

    Spark is an Open Source, cross-platform IM client optimized for businesses and organizations. It features built-in support for group chat, telephony integration, and strong security. It also offers a great end-user experience with...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted

  • Psi+ icon

    Psi+

    Psi+ is a development branch of Psi IM XMPP/Jabber client. Psi is a cross-platform powerful XMPP/Jabber client (Qt, C++) designed for the Jabber power users.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • Instantbird icon

    Instantbird

    Instantbird is an instant messaging client based on Mozilla XULRunner and the open source library libpurple created by the software developers of Pidgin . Over 250 add-ons allow user customization...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com

  • Kopete icon

    Kopete

    Kopete is an instant messenger supporting AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, IRC, Gadu-Gadu, Novell GroupWise Messenger, and more. It is designed to be a flexible and extensible multi-protocol system suitable for personal and enterprise...

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD

  • YakYak icon

    YakYak

    What does it do: * Send/receive chat messages * Create/change conversations (rename, add people) * Leave/delete conversation * Notifications * Toggle notifications on/off * Drag-drop, copy-paste or...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • WeeChat icon

    WeeChat

    WeeChat is a fast, light and extensible chat client. It runs on many platforms (including Linux, BSD and Mac OS). WeeChat is: - modular: a lightweight core with plugins around - multi-protocols: IRC and Jabber (other soon) -...

    Open Source Mac Linux Android BSD Xfce

  • Coccinella icon

    Coccinella

    Coccinella is a free and open-source cross-platform instant messaging client with a built-in whiteboard for improved collaboration with other people.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Kadu icon

    Kadu

    Kadu is an open source Jabber/XMPP and Gadu-Gadu instant messenger client for Linux, *BSD, Mac and Windows.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • Textual icon

    Textual

    Textual is the world's most popular application for interacting with Internet Relay Chat (IRC) chatrooms on OS X. Textual includes two elegantly designed light and dark variants of the user interface to match all tastes. The...

    Commercial Mac

  • Tkabber icon

    Tkabber

    Tkabber is a Free and Open Source client for the Jabber instant messaging system. Its writen in Tcl/Tk, and works on many platforms (tested on Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Solaris, MacOS X and Windows 98/2000/XP).

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Emesene icon

    Emesene

    emesene is an instant messenger capable of connecting to various networks and utilizing different graphical toolkits. Currently msn and jabber are supported through papyon and xmppy, which allows emesene to connect to various IM...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • Discontinued Development is dormant, but source code is available at Github. Last version, 2.12.9, released on September 06, 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    qutIM

    qutIM - free open-source multiprotocol ( ICQ, Jabber/GTalk/Ya.Online/LiveJournal.com, Mail.Ru, IRC ) instant messenger for Windows, Linux, MacOS X, OS/2, Symbian, Maemo/MeeGo, Solaris and *BSD.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux S60 BSD Haiku

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed. Last versions for Windows, Mac, Linux and other platforms can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • ZeroChat icon

    ZeroChat

    An IRC-like internet chatroom hosted on ZeroNet, a distributed network. 0rc is a fully distributed website, and messages are shared through peers using the ZeroNet stack. In addition, making a new chatroom website is a simple as...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Self-Hosted Python JavaScript ZeroNet

  • Vacuum-IM icon

    Vacuum-IM

    Crossplatform Jabber client. The core program is just a plugin loader - all functionality is made available via plugins. This enforces modularity and ensures well defined component interaction via interfaces.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Haiku

  • Subway icon

    Subway

    Subway is a web-based IRC client with a multi-user backend and a JavaScript-heavy UI. Frontend/backend communication is done with websockets (or best available fallback where not available). The backend supports connection persistence...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

    • Discontinued Subway is in hiatus, i.e. it's not currently functional and not under active development, but the plan is to finish this project some point in the future. Meanwhile currently the maintainer strongly suggests taking a look at https://alternativeto.net/software/shout/ .
  • Brosix icon

    Brosix

    Brosix is a secure Instant Messaging and collaboration tool, ideal for everyday communication for business and leisure. Two different versions of Brosix give you the opportunity to choose the version best for you. » Brosix...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • centerim icon

    centerim

    Centerim is an command line interface chat client for the common protocols like icq, msn, aim, jabber, ...

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD

  • FireFloo Communicator icon

    FireFloo Communicator

    FireFloo is an instant messaging communicator combining the open XMPP standard (Jabber, GMail Chat etc.) with the echo protocol for multi-encrypted messaging. Use various methods to send chipertext over open standards like libgcrypt...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android

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    Messenger for Desktop

    A simple & beautiful app for Facebook Messenger. Chat without distractions on any Operating System.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Bundleware Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
  • 4talk Messenger icon

    4talk Messenger

    4talk IM service is a complete IM service for communicating with your phone contacts using your PC in the office or at home. You can transfer files and messages and access your correspondence from your mobile devices.

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone

  • ScrollZ IRC Client icon

    ScrollZ IRC Client

    ScrollZ is an advanced IRC client based on ircII. It incorporates many useful features found in all sorts of scripts. The main difference between these scripts and ScrollZ is the code - whereas ircII scripts take a lot of disk and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • BitlBee icon

    BitlBee

    BitlBee brings IM (instant messaging) to IRC clients. It's a great solution for people who have an IRC client running all the time and don't want to run an additional MSN/AIM/whatever client. BitlBee currently supports the...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Tor Messenger icon

    Tor Messenger

    Tor Messenger is a cross-platform chat program that aims to be secure by default and sends all of its traffic over Tor. It supports a wide variety of transport networks, Off-the-Record (OTR) messaging and has an easy-to-use graphical...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • MCabber

    MCabber is a small XMPP (Jabber) console client. It includes features such as SASL/SSL/TLS support, MUC (Multi-User Chat) support, history logging, command completion, OpenPGP encryption, OTR (Off-the-Record Messaging) support...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

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