Open Source Discord Alternatives

    Discord is described as 'bout giving people the power to create belonging in their lives. We want to make it easier for you to talk regularly with the people you care about'. There are more than 100 alternatives to Discord for various platforms. The best alternative is Element, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Discord are Mumble (Free, Open Source), Tox (Free, Open Source), Wire (Free Personal, Open Source) and Matrix.org (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Apr 16, 2021

    • 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. View 239 alternatives to Element
      Most users think Element is a great alternative to Discord.
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      Element vs Discord
      pros, cons and recent comments
      nipos It also has chat rooms which can be combined into groups (like Discords servers) and group voice calls. It's open source and can be hosted on an own server or used on one of many free servers.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      RemovedUser Decentralized, end-to-end encrypted, and easy to use. Excellent client for creating a voice chat room for gaming. Of all the alternatives here, this one most closely mirrors Discord (while not infringing on your privacy).
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      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.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

      besttoasterovens It is more special to use for me. I love this feature.
      Positive comment 7 months ago

      Can create communities and channels, and it's federated, so it's really like Discord where you can join any public community
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      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 1 year ago

      kompowiec2 it's discord clone practical
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

    • Mumble is an open source, low-latency, high quality voice chat software primarily intended for use while gaming. View 41 alternatives to Mumble
      Almost everyone thinks Mumble is a great alternative to Discord.
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      Mumble vs Discord
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      D4CX Free open source software, you can easily host your own server.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      Open source chat and audio call service, but could use a face lift.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      Mumble is a pure voice chat with optional text
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

      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.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      No text chat channels. Mumble is voice oriented
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      Opensource and easy-to-create servers. However, you have to host the servers as mumble doesn't do it themselves.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      Mumble is a voice chat item. It's closer to teamspeak than discord or slack.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    • Send messages, files, create groups and make Tox to Tox audio and video calls. Securely. View 170 alternatives to Tox
      Almost everyone thinks Tox is a great alternative to Discord.
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      Tox vs Discord
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      The privacy capability gives Tox an edge over most other alternatives to Discord.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      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.
      Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago

      RemovedUser it is not gaming-oriented
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

      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.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      Good privacy, same voice codec.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      You can chat via it with audio - and also video, that trumps Discord!
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      5247009 This is not a gaming-oriented chat program.
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

    • Wire is the most secure collaboration platform featuring messenger, voice, video, conference calls, file-sharing, and external collaboration –all protected by the most secure... View 251 alternatives to Wire
      Most users think Wire is a great alternative to Discord.
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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... View 120 alternatives to Matrix.org
      Almost everyone thinks Matrix.org is a great alternative to Discord.
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      • WebRTC
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      • Java
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    • Voice, video and chat communications, secure, decentralized, strong privacy and freedoms. View 119 alternatives to Jami
      Most users think Jami is a great alternative to Discord.
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      Jami vs Discord
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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 2 years ago

      Ring lacks most chat features.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

    • Mattermost is an open source, self-hosted Slack alternative. View 121 alternatives to Mattermost
      Most users think Mattermost is a great alternative to Discord.
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    • Zulip is a group chat app in which messages are threaded by topic, helping you have long-running, organized conversations. View 229 alternatives to Zulip
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    • RetroShare is a open source cross-platform, private and secure decentralized communication system. It lets you to securely chat, share photos, videos, and more, using... View 81 alternatives to RetroShare
    • Gitter is a chat and collaboration tool for developers and users. It's a place for developers to talk. View 49 alternatives to Gitter
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      Gitter vs Discord
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      For development teams, it's working very similarly to Discord, although the interface is somewhat different
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      Ornataweaver They work the same for chatting.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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