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    Open Source Discord Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Discord is Element. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Discord and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Discord are Mumble (Free, Open Source), Tox (Free, Open Source), Matrix.org (Free, Open Source) and Wire (Free Personal, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jan 25, 2022

    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.
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      Element vs Discord opinions
      Most users think Element is a great alternative to Discord.
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      besttoasterovens It is more special to use for me. I love this feature.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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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  about 2 years 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.
      Top negative comment  about 2 years 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 6 months 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.
      Negative comment 8 months 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 about 2 years ago

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      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).
      Positive comment almost 3 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.
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      Mumble vs Discord opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Mumble is a great alternative to Discord.
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      Open source chat and audio call service, but could use a face lift.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

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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  over 1 year 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 over 2 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 almost 3 years ago

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      It takes up far less resources and is really easy to use and join servers.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      julienth37 Mumble are for real time communication not differed and persistent chat like Discord.
      Negative comment over 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.
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      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  almost 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  almost 3 years ago

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      rad1an It doesn't have servers, is less convenient
      Top negative comment  4 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 over 3 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 over 4 years ago

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      You can chat via it with audio - and also video, that trumps Discord!
      Positive comment over 4 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.
    4. 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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      Most users think Wire is a great alternative to Discord.


    5. Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement Open Source and cross-platform. Jami gives you a full control over your communications and an unmatched level of privacy.
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      Jami vs Discord opinions
      Most users think Jami is a great alternative to Discord.
      Ring lacks most chat features.
      Negative comment almost 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 almost 3 years ago

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    6. Mattermost is a secure, open source platform for communication, collaboration, and workflow orchestration across tools and teams.
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      Most users think Mattermost is a great alternative to Discord.
    7. Zulip is a group chat app in which messages are threaded by topic, helping you have long-running, organized conversations.
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    8. 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 OpenPGP to authenticate peers and...
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    9. Communication is critical. Privacy is essential. Simple, just how you like it. Revolt is built on the same technologies as other popular chat applications, so there won’t be any need to re-learn on how to use it. Also, you can customize it to your heart’s content.
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      schmebi In short: Open Source Discord, with special care about privacy. It offers all the basic features + costumization options you only have on Discord with Nitro. Totally free, and has everything you need, so definitly try it out!
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

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