iMessage Alternatives for Linux

    iMessage is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Signal, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to iMessage and 16 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to iMessage are Skype (Freemium), Wire (Free Personal, Open Source), Pidgin (Free, Open Source) and Trillian (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jul 29, 2021

    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.
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      Almost everyone thinks Signal is a great alternative to iMessage.
      jamiegray it's safe, secure, cross platform
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      UltraProgrammer It works cross platform, is free, open source, and end to end encrypted
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Skype is the most popular free voice-over IP and instant messaging service globally. It allows users to text, video and voice call over the internet. Users can also call landlines and mobiles at competitive rates using Skype credit, premium accounts and subscriptions.
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      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. Why Wire?
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    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.
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    3. 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 as text messages on your phone.
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    4. 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.

      Discontinued

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

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    5. FluffyChat is an open, nonprofit and cute matrix messenger app for Ubuntu Touch, Android and iOS. Open Opensource and open development where everyone can join. Nonprofit FluffyChat is donation funded. Cute ? Cute design and many theme settings including a dark mode.
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    6. 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.
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      An instant messaging application for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X that connects to the free, open XMPP network.
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      Kaidan is a simple, user-friendly Jabber/XMPP client providing a modern user interface using Kirigami and QtQuick. The back-end of Kaidan is written in C++ using the QXmpp XMPP client library and Qt 5.
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