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Self-Hosted Discord Alternatives

Discord is not available as a self-hosted solution but there are plenty of alternatives for power users and business that want to host a solution on-premise. The best Self-Hosted alternative is Element, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Discord and many of them are available as a self-hosted solution so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Self-Hosted alternatives to Discord are Mumble, Matrix.org, Wire and Mattermost.

Discord alternatives are mainly Group Chat Apps but may also be Video Calling Apps or Encrypted Chat 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 Jun 15, 2022
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  1. Element

    • FreemiumOpen Source
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    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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    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 4 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.

    Top positive comment  11 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.

    Top negative comment  about 1 year ago
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    besttoasterovens

    It is more special to use for me. I love this feature.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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    D4CX

    Free open source software, you can easily host your own server.

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    Open source chat and audio call service, but could use a face lift.

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    Mumble is a pure voice chat with optional text

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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.

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    No text chat channels. Mumble is voice oriented

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    Opensource and easy-to-create servers. However, you have to host the servers as mumble doesn't do it themselves.

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    Mumble is a voice chat item. It's closer to teamspeak than discord or slack.

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  3. Matrix.org

    • FreeOpen Source
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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

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
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    • Self-Hosted
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    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    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.
  5. Mattermost

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    Mattermost is a secure, open source platform for communication, collaboration, and workflow orchestration across tools and teams.

    Most users think Mattermost is a great alternative to Discord.


  6. Zulip is a group chat app in which messages are threaded by topic, helping you have long-running, organized conversations.

  7. Briefing

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Self-Hosted

    The preservation of privacy is the main driver for this project. Secure technologies, such as WebRTC, are used to establish a direct connection between the participants.

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    FunnyMeatball

    Awesome instant video meetings, but misplaced in this list as an "alternative", as this has absolutely no similarities to discord and doesn't serve the same use-case.

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  8. Fosscord

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
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    • Self-Hosted

    Fosscord a free open source selfhostable chat, voice and video discord-compatible platform.

  9. Dialog Messenger

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    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Dialog Messenger is a customized self-hosted platform usable across multi operation systems simultaneously. dialog provides SDK tools for client interface as well as for server.

  10. Corteza Messaging is a secure, high performance, open source Slack alternative that allows your teams to collaborate more efficiently, as well as communicate safely with other organisations or customers.

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