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    Discord Alternatives

    Discord is described as 'Whether you’re part of a school club, a gaming group, a worldwide art community, or just a handful of friends that want to spend time together, Discord makes it easy to talk every day and hang out more often' and is a leading Group Chat app in the social & communications category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Discord for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Android, Mac and iPhone. The best alternative is Element, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Discord are Mumble, Telegram, Tox and Slack.

    Discord is mainly a Group Chat App but alternatives to it may also be Video Chat Apps or Video Calling Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Discord.
    This page was last updated May 23, 2022
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    1. Element is a secure collaboration and messaging app based on the Matrix protocol. It’s decentralised to deliver digital sovereignty, and based on an open standard for easy connections and interoperability. It is end-to-end encrypted by default.
      Element vs Discord opinions
      Most users think Element is a great alternative to Discord.
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      Can create communities and channels, and it's federated, so it's really like Discord where you can join any public community
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      kompowiec2 it's discord clone practical
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      Bruden While the privacy and self-hosting features are nice, I don't see this becoming a wide-spread alternative to Discord, if only because it's overly complicated for what it is.
      Top negative comment  12 months ago

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      RemovedUser Element is Good but it feels like a Half-baked Cake. Some features need tight gearing and I hope in 1-2 years this Platform will become the best FOSS Platform for Group Communication.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      besttoasterovens It is more special to use for me. I love this feature.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Voice features are just lacking too far behind or practically non existent compared to discord. No channels, no audio wizards setup or even basic settings like volume control or open mic threshold settings, no push to talk. It's very very barebones. If it were to have Mumbe's voice features instead of Jitsi's it would be a discord killer.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      coralinecastell FOSS, end-to-end encryption, beautiful interface, easy to set up, fast, responsive. Not bloated like Discord, not a privacy hazard like Discord. You can host your own server. Frequently updated. Supports gifs, videos, emoticons, etc. Clean sound.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    2. Mumble was the first and is the most successful and wide spread free and open source software for VoIP. It was the first VoIP software to provide low-latency audio suitable for gaming, and at the same time was a pioneer in high audio quality at the same time.
      Mumble vs Discord opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Mumble is a great alternative to Discord.
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      The audio quality is great and has less latency than Discord. The server is self-hosted so there is more flexibility as well. But that's the only expect that is better than Discord. Discord has much more functionality like video calling, rich text server chat, etc.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

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      Open source chat and audio call service, but could use a face lift.
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

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      Mumble is a voice chat item. It's closer to teamspeak than discord or slack.
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

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      No text chat channels. Mumble is voice oriented
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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      Opensource and easy-to-create servers. However, you have to host the servers as mumble doesn't do it themselves.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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      It takes up far less resources and is really easy to use and join servers.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      julienth37 Mumble are for real time communication not differed and persistent chat like Discord.
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

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      Telegram is a messaging app created by former VK creators with a focus on speed and security. It’s superfast, simple and free. It is like SMS, but more powerful.
      Telegram vs Discord opinions
      Some users think Telegram is a great alternative to Discord, some don't.
      Telegram DOES HAVE voice chat. It has no premium features, it's all free. Plus stickers.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      Telegram as a communications system does most of what Discord offers, Voice chat is more like a Skype alternative.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      Telegram's desktop (PC) app can not even comparable to Discord. It lacks a LOT of features.
      Top negative comment  over 2 years ago

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      Risei Significantly safer than Discord. Much better text chat features, although lacking in the voice chat department.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      User4133612 Telegram is more akin to whatsapp than discord. Discord would be closer to mumble, teamspeak or ventrilo.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      It's almost exactly like SMS
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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      Lighter, no premium-fees, secure
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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    3. With the rise of widespread government monitoring programs, Tox is an easy to use application that allows you to connect with friends and loved ones without anyone else listening in.
      Tox vs Discord opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Tox is a great alternative to Discord.
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      The privacy capability gives Tox an edge over most other alternatives to Discord.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

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      RemovedUser Tox is an amazing idea, and when it works, it works well. But it's so buggy that it's unusable for me. When they get the kinks worked out this will be an excellent chat/voice/video client.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

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      rad1an It doesn't have servers, is less convenient
      Top negative comment  8 months ago

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      Tox is general has great ideas, I love the decentralized part, but also miss features of a centralized service like sending messages to offline users. Would be cool if someone manage to make a web client for Tox.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      RemovedUser it is not gaming-oriented
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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      Good privacy, same voice codec.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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      You can chat via it with audio - and also video, that trumps Discord!
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    4. Slack is a unified communication platform built with an optimized workflow to keep modern teams focused and productive. A familiar chat interface facilitates discussions while advanced features are easily exposed based on context.
      Slack vs Discord opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Slack is still a legitimate alternative to Discord, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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      OAKSIF0 Has the same chat features, is more secure than discord, lets you call.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

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      Slack = business Discord = Gaming
      Top negative comment  over 2 years ago

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      User4133612 They do have voice calling but slack isn't made for gaming. Compared to mumble, teamspeak or ventrilo, you would be better off using your phone in a group call. Latency is going to be the biggest issue since slack's target audience is business and not gaming.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      Many features discord has are paid in Slack, it's a horrible alternative targeted for businesses
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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      RemovedUser you can't just open a second organization chat in one app instance - you must have it opened twice (more RAM usage), also it doesn't have voice chat.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

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      Pretty much identical to Discord, just different UI, no voice stuff, and more professional looking...
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      VaiTon86 Slack don't provide voice chat
      Negative comment about 6 years ago

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      Matrix defines a set of open APIs for decentralised communication, suitable for securely publishing, persisting and subscribing to data over a global open federation of servers with no single point of control.
      Almost everyone thinks Matrix.org is a great alternative to Discord.
    5. TeamSpeak is a proprietary Voice over IP software that allows users to speak on a chat channel with other users, much like a telephone conference call. A TeamSpeak user will often wear a headset with an integrated microphone.
      TeamSpeak vs Discord opinions
      Most users think TeamSpeak is a great alternative to Discord.
      Legit just the older-brother to all other voips except the old trashy ones
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

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      usernamehere Choose whether you want to host your own server for free or rent. Better permission system than discord.
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

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      TS is for Voice with optional chat. Not a persistent chat app.
      Top negative comment  almost 5 years ago

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      BananaOnGitHub garbage, too complex compared to discord. nothing beats discord when it comes to chat and vc
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      Risei Teamspeak is hosted by the user and is much more private and safe when compared to Discord and its data collection.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      RemovedUser servers are self-hosted, it focuses on voice chat, android app is paid
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

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    6. 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.
      Most users think Wire is a great alternative to Discord.
    7. An advanced gaming chat platform competitor to Discord with features like calendars, advanced voice chat, and forums to better manage and grow your gaming communities.
      Guilded vs Discord opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Guilded is a great alternative to Discord.
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      sethpdietrich I like Guilded as an alternative because I feel like the developers are super friendly and active, and it seems to have a LOT of features that Discord sort of skips out on. The fact that I don't have to pay a subscription to the devs (and now you can only pay to the owner of your server - no Nitrolike option at all!) for the features is actually really great.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

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      Similar to Discord's layout but with much more channel types.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

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      Kippenhof It Isn't Polished as much. Discord Is really good in keeping the UI Clean, Modern and Polished. Guilded doesn't do that very well.
      Top negative comment  about 1 year ago

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      Useful different channel types
      Positive comment 12 months ago

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      its, mostly the fact that it has more features, better than discord and it’s all for free. Not a single penny to be paid
      Positive comment 12 months ago

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      DaBaldEagul The staff is super nice, development is super fast, and the community is awesome. It has a lot of features, and you can even transfer your Discord server to Guilded with only a few clicks.
      Positive comment 12 months ago

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      Found out about Guilded from others moving away from Discord and i'm so glad I checked it out before blindly defending Discord. It's superior in almost every way for free...
      Positive comment 12 months ago

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    8. Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement
      Jami vs Discord opinions
      Most users think Jami is a great alternative to Discord.
      Ring lacks most chat features.
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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      RemovedUser Decentralized, end-to-end encrypted, and ironically works better than other services that I have used. I'm not sure if it has group calls, though.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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