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Open Source Facebook Messenger Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Facebook Messenger is Signal. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Facebook Messenger and loads of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Facebook Messenger are Element, Jitsi Meet, Tox and Pidgin.

Facebook Messenger alternatives are mainly Group Chat Apps but may also be Instant Messengers or Video Calling Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Facebook Messenger.
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  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 Facebook Messenger.

    It's the most secure messaging app out there. Unlike messenger it doesn't rely on personal tracking and ad funding, but is backed by a non-profit.

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    It's the only one which is completely secure.

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    I like Signal because it allows me to message people without having to worry about my data being sold

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    Private. Open. Secure. etc.

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    Element

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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.

    Video calls for desktop and mobile
    Most users think Element is a great alternative to Facebook Messenger.


  3. Go ahead, video chat with the whole team. In fact, invite everyone you know. Jitsi Meet is a fully encrypted, 100% open source video conferencing solution that you can use all day, every day, for free — with no account needed.

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  4. 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.

    The Universal Tox Client. A Tox client that runs on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, FreeBSD & the web. Written in JS using React & React Native / electron.
    Almost everyone thinks Tox is a great alternative to Facebook Messenger.
  5. 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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    Wire

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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.

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    Wire vs Facebook Messenger opinions
    Most users think Wire is a great alternative to Facebook Messenger.

    It supports multiple apps, and has rich chat features and group chats

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    It's secure. It doesn't spy on you. It makes money from enterprise customers, no shady business.

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    Jami

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    Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement

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

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  10. Conversations is a privacy focused, open source XMPP Texting [Jabber] client for Android 4.0+ smart phones with wife-approved easy encryption [OTR, OMEMO, or GPG].

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    Has End-to-End encryption by default. Is decentral/federated so not to block or shutdown.

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