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    Open Source iMessage Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to iMessage is Signal. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to iMessage and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to iMessage are Pidgin (Free, Open Source), Wire (Free Personal, Open Source), Conversations (Free, Open Source) and QKSMS (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Apr 15, 2022
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    1. Signal is a messaging app with an unexpected focus on privacy, combined with all the features expected from a modern IM app. Signal has received a lot of praise from all around the world for its security and privacy-respecting technologies.
      Signal vs iMessage opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Signal is a great alternative to iMessage.
      UltraProgrammer It works cross platform, is free, open source, and end to end encrypted
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      jamiegray it's safe, secure, cross platform
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

    2. Pidgin is an easy to use, multi-protocol chat client client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, XMPP, and more chat networks all at once. It has built-in support for NSS, offering client-to-server message encryption for protocols that support it.

    3. Wire is the most secure collaboration platform featuring messenger, voice, video, conference calls, file-sharing, and external collaboration –all protected by the most secure end-to-end-encryption.
    4. Conversations is a privacy focused, open source XMPP Texting [Jabber] client for Android 4.0+ smart phones with wife-approved easy encryption [OTR, OMEMO, or GPG].
    5. QKSMS brings a refreshingly beautiful and responsive Material Design touch to the stale state of text messaging.

    6. 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.
    7. FluffyChat is an open, nonprofit and cute matrix messenger app for Ubuntu Touch, Android and iOS.
    8. Open source Jabber (XMPP) client with multi-account support, clean and simple interface. Being both free (as in freedom!) and ad-free, Xabber is designed to be the best Jabber client for Android .
    9. Chat, browse and transact securely in an open source community committed to bringing the power of Ethereum and a more distributed internet to your pocket.
    10. Empathy is a messaging program which supports text, voice, video chat, and file transfers over many different protocols. You can tell it about your accounts on all those services and do all your chatting within one application.


      Empathy is currently unmaintained. Last version, 3.25, released in August 2017, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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