Chat Clients

The ability to send text, voice, and video messages to anywhere in the world has never been easier. Simply fire up the messaging app of your choice, find the intended recipient that uses the same service, and start typing, attaching, and recording away.

If privacy and security are of the utmost importance, secure end-to-end encrypted messaging services such as Signal can ensure that the only people that know the contents of your conversations are exactly who you want.

  1. Firework is a program for converting websites and web applications into desktop applications. People use one set of web applications every day for work or play.
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    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Facebook
    Tencent QQ, generally referred to as QQ, is the most popular free instant messaging computer program in Mainland China, and has over 856.2 million users. In April 2010, QQ.com ranked 10th overall in Alexas internet rankings.


  2. µTox is the lightweight client with minimal dependencies; it not only looks pretty, it runs fast!
    • FreeProprietary
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    Full-featured XMPP messenger.
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    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted
    • total.js
    • Node.JS
    Total.js Messenger is a small alternative to Slack built on Node.js and total.js .
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  3. With group calls up to 256 users, Video4sure is an easy way to make video calls or setup group meetings. No need to register, install or pay. As soon as you visit the home page, it generates a unique invite link that you can share with your contacts.
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    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    One to one webcam chat.
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Kindle Fire
    Location-based social networking app for meeting singles.
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    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    Tango allows you to easily connect with friends & family or make new friends. Make video & voice calls, send text messages, play games, send music messages powered by Spotify and more all for free.
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  4. With Stream’s chat react components, SDKs, and UI kits, product teams can unleash chat on web, or as a mobile app, with just a few lines of code. Maximize development bandwidth with Stream’s flexible backend messaging API and front-end components.
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    It uses the Tox protocol which is Peer to Peer, it will have a higher battery usage than other Messenger apps. If you are stuck with Antox or uTox (µTox) for Android, try this Tox Client that was especially optimized for Android.
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    • FreeProprietary
    • Chrome OS
    • Google Chrome
    Pickapp allows you to make secure video and voice calls. Call your chrome user friends anytime! While chrome is running you can receive calls.

    Discontinued

    The extension seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 1.2.2, released in October 2014, can be still downloaded from Chrome Web Store.

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  5. A development branch of the Psi XMPP client. Psi is a cross-platform powerful XMPP client (Qt, C++) designed for the XMPP power users.
    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Xbox
    Team.biz is a messaging service for companies, teams, and professionals. Team administration, group messaging, add guests, text (SMS and MMS), open and private topics, drag & drop image and doc sharing, edit messages, view message history, and more.
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    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Twitch
    Tc is a free and open-source desktop chat client for Twitch . FEATURES STREAM PREVIEW - See thumbnail, title and current viewers when live. CHATTER MENU - User info and moderation buttons. TABS - Join as many channels as you want.