Facebook Messenger Alternatives for Linux

    Facebook Messenger is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Telegram, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Facebook Messenger and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Facebook Messenger are Signal (Free, Open Source), Element (Free Personal, Open Source), Jitsi (Free, Open Source) and Skype (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jul 20, 2021

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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.
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      Telegram vs Facebook Messenger opinions
      Most users think Telegram is a great alternative to Facebook Messenger.
      brandonc backed by a non profit (compared to fb's reliance on ad dollars)
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      tibi97427 It's tidy, you want to search a link, a picture, a video : with messenger good luck, with telegram it's all organized.
      Positive comment 7 months ago

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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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      Signal vs Facebook Messenger opinions
      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.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      It's the only one which is completely secure.
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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.
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      Most users think Element is a great alternative to Facebook Messenger.
    2. Jitsi (previously SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator with full encryption that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, ICQ/AIM, Windows Live, Yahoo!, GTalk/Hangouts extensions, as well as OTR, ZRTP, etc.
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      Skype is the most popular free voice-over IP and instant messaging service globally. It allows users to text, video and voice call over the internet. Users can also call landlines and mobiles at competitive rates using Skype credit, premium accounts and subscriptions.
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      Most users think Skype is a great alternative to Facebook Messenger.


    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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      Almost everyone thinks Tox is a great alternative to Facebook Messenger.
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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. Why Wire?
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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
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      It's secure. It doesn't spy on you. It makes money from enterprise customers, no shady business.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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    4. Rambox gives you the possibility to add common services many times you need, all in one place. It's perfect for people who work with many services for business and private accounts.
      Rambox vs Facebook Messenger opinions
      Some users think Rambox is a great alternative to Facebook Messenger, some don't.
      Rambox doesn't provide any chat services itself, it only wraps other services (including Facebook Messenger) in a nice UI.
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    5. Zulip is a group chat app in which messages are threaded by topic, helping you have long-running, organized conversations.
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      With Viber, everyone in the world can connect. Freely. More than 460 million Viber users text, make HD-quality phone and video calls, and send photo and video messages worldwide over WiFi or 3G - for free.
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      Most users think Viber is a great alternative to Facebook Messenger.
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