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 Sep 13, 2021

    1. Coccinella is a free and open-source cross-platform instant messaging client with a built-in whiteboard for improved collaboration with other people.

      Discontinued

      The last version 0.96.20 is from late 2010, but the software can still be downloaded from their website.

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Symbian S60
      • BSD
      • Haiku
      qutIM - free open-source multiprotocol ( ICQ, Jabber/GTalk/Ya.Online/LiveJournal.com, Mail.Ru, IRC ) instant messenger for Windows, Linux, MacOS X, OS/2, Symbian, Maemo/MeeGo, Solaris and *BSD.

      Discontinued

      The project seems to be no longer developed. Last versions for Windows, Mac, Linux and other platforms can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    2. Messenger for WhatsApp™ (WA Messenger) is a wrapper for WhatsApp Web. It loads WhatsApp Web in toolbar popup UI and has badge icon text notification for all new conversations (even if toolbar popup is closed).
    3. MyChat is an instant messenger that works in LAN and over the Internet. Reliable in slow connections. Do not require too many system resources. The program has its own server where a user control everything happening in the chat.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      FBMessenger is a stand-alone Facebook Messenger app for Linux, very similar to the official Messenger for Windows. It was created by Jack O'Connor, a Facebook Developer.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      Gyach is a GTK+ based Yahoo! Chat client.

      Discontinued

      The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, v0.9.8, released in July 2004, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    4. Sim-IM, Simple Instant Messenger, is a multiple protocol instant messenger for MS Windows, GNU/Linux, FreeBSD. Sim-IM supports Jabber/XMPP, Google Talk, ICQ and AIM (Oscar), Yahoo! Messenger and Microsoft Messenger (MSN)

      Discontinued

      The project is no longer developed. Last versions for Windows and Linux date back to 2008, but they can be still downloaded from the official website.

    5. aMSN is a free open source MSN Messenger clone. aMSN attempts to emulate the look and feel of Windows Live Messenger, and supports many of its features.

      Discontinued

      The project is dead. The last release was on May 2012 according to SourceForge.

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      GyachE Improved (GyachI) is a fork from Gyach Enhanced Yahoo! client for Linux operating systems. This Yahoo! client supports almost all of the features you would expect to find on the official Windows Yahoo!
    6. Emoty is a messaging application with emphasis on simplicity, freedom and safety. It's a client for RetroShare network, hence use the same decentralized, Friend-to-Friend network structure with end-to-end encryprtion.

      Discontinued

      The project seems no longer developed. Last version, 0.3, released in January 2018, can be still downloaded from GitHub.

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