Free Self-Hosted Facebook Alternatives

    Facebook 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 most popular Self-Hosted alternative is Small Diaspora iconDiaspora, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Facebook 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 Facebook are Small Mastodon iconMastodon (Free, Open Source), Small Gab iconGab (Freemium, Open Source), Small Friendica iconFriendica (Free, Open Source) and Small GNU social iconGNU social (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Mar 24, 2021

    • Diaspora is a federated social networking service, designed to be a more privacy-aware alternative to Facebook . View 125 alternatives to Diaspora
      Most users think Diaspora is a great alternative to Facebook.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Online
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      • Ruby
      Diaspora vs Facebook
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      Security focused, privacy, open, and without censorship
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      JohnFastman Diaspora's key advantage is that it's based on open source software that multiple servers can run. It does not put your private information, your likes, your contacts and your photos in the hands of one corporation who then use it to increase their own private profits by selling your privacy. Diaspora is much smaller though. The UI feels more like Google Plus than Facebook.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      group/collaboration function is absent. not a developer, so im sure i do not understand the difficulties in making this happen. but im pretty sure this is the nr 1 reason diaspora is NOT an fb alternative.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

      markswiderski I have less privacy concerns with Diaspora than I have when using FB
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      RemovedUser Decentralized federated social networks are the only hope for a future internet where discussion is free and private. I doubt most people will use Diaspora or Mastodon, but hopefully the more privacy-conscious of us will help it grow and keep it alive.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      more privacy-aware, self controll OSS not so dangerus for democracy
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      the_real_dvs1 You choose where your data is hosted. Your stream can be refined by aspects (categories of contacts) or followed tags. Posts can be formatted with markdown. There are no advertisements!
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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    • Mastodon is a decentralized microblogging engine. FEATURES - Free and open-source. - Decentralized, no worries about a single company controlling your communications. View 96 alternatives to Mastodon
      Almost everyone thinks Mastodon is a great alternative to Facebook.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • Cloudron
      Mastodon vs Facebook
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      NickFreeman Mastodon is federated, open source and not commercial
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      free(freedom,ad-free,privacy), decentralized, open source... what more do you want
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      loziniak Mastodon is more like Twitter.
      Top negative comment  about 1 year ago

      tibi97427 Mastodon is more an alternative to Twitter than Facebook
      Negative comment 4 months ago

      Non-commercial, allows me to curate a following
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      It's is decentralized, without owners, free to post whatever you like and to block whatever you dislike.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      ndlinn Has only a tiny fraction of the functionality Facebook has.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    • A social network that champions free speech, individual liberty and the free flow of information online. View 148 alternatives to Gab
      Most users think Gab is a great alternative to Facebook.

      Warning

      Gab is less moderated compared to other social networks and could be offensive to some people

      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Online
      • Android
      • Self-Hosted
      Gab vs Facebook
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      Free speech. No censoring. Say what you want, mute anyone that you don't like. GabTV so you can live broadcast. Free.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      No censorship, free, no data harvesting, few bots, friendly and helpful community.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      bird Without dabbing into politics and stuff, the architecture of Gab is more like Twitter than Facebook.
      Top negative comment  almost 2 years ago

      ikimmybee I value free speech, not censorship!!
      Positive comment 3 months ago

      retrojedi7 It has free registration, decentralized, Fediverse-compatible.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      Gab is a platform where free speech reigns. There is no censorship.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      bios you get honest opinions even if they don't agree with you, aaand you don't get those braindead "what i had for breakfast this morning" spam posts as well as the "likes" brigade
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    • Distributed social network. With focus on decentralization, privacy, interoperability. View 122 alternatives to Friendica
      Most users think Friendica is a great alternative to Facebook.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      • PHP
      Friendica vs Facebook
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Friendica interacts with many other social networking platforms in the fediverse... Diaspora, GNUSocial, Hubzilla etc. You can also make groups and the privacy settings are great.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      "Facebook-like" in its operation and general feel, and is interoperable with other social networks as well.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      kylepiira Federated and focused on keeping in touch with friends and family
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      Interacts with other social network APIs, is feature rich, and is decentralized.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      arndtadler It's independent, feature rich and decentralized.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

    • GNU social is a continuation of the StatusNet project. It is social communication software for both public and private communications. View 95 alternatives to GNU social
      Most users think GNU social is a great alternative to Facebook.

      Discontinued

      Git repo seems abandoned, last update was in 2017.

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Self-Hosted


    • Hubzilla is a powerful platform for creating interconnected based websites featuring a decentralised identity, communications, and permissions framework built using common webserver technology. Hubzilla is very suitable for communities (of any size). View 80 alternatives to Hubzilla
      Almost everyone thinks Hubzilla is a great alternative to Facebook.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      Hubzilla vs Facebook
      pros, cons and recent comments
      themagician Feature for feature, Hubzilla is the best decentralized, open source competitor to Facebook. Compatibility with the Diaspora, OStatus (includes Mastodon), & ActivityPub (includes NextCloud) protocols allows it to communicate with nearly every other existing. I am happy that after he created Friendica, Mike Macgirvin & friends have continued to push forward by creating and developing Hubzilla.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      netnut404 Unlike a centralized platform like facebook you can talk to other federated platforms and with a Nomadic Identity you are never locked permanently to one server , yet you can communicate across to other platforms much in the way that email does. In addition to not being locked.. you never need to give out a new address, you keep in communication when you migrate to another server, plus there are many free servers to use, or you can launch your own instance.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      the_real_dvs1 Every user can make private or public forums, a static webpage, an editable markdown based wiki, categorize posts and format them with BBCode. You choose what hub hosts your data, and you can clone your account on another hub to prevent distruption or data loss.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

    • Our philosophy is that your data are yours and you must always be in control. Movim achieves this through a complete decentralisation of users' data and accounts. View 76 alternatives to Movim
      Almost everyone thinks Movim is a great alternative to Facebook.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      • Self-Hosted
      Movim vs Facebook
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Nice looking interface and good chat integration.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

    • ZeroMe - Social network for the distributed P2P network zeroNetEventual common source code: https://github.com/HelloZeroNet/ZeroMeAccessible from HTTP proxy:... View 82 alternatives to ZeroMe
      Almost everyone thinks ZeroMe is a great alternative to Facebook.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • gevent
      • Self-Hosted
      • Messagepack
      • Python
      • JavaScript
      • ZeroNet
    • Known is a simple platform for publishing words, pictures, podcasts and more to a site that you control. View 151 alternatives to Known
      Most users think Known is a great alternative to Facebook.
    • Social networking in a box. Build a social network for your company, school, sports team or niche community all based on the power and flexibility of WordPress. View 108 alternatives to BuddyPress
      Most users think BuddyPress is a great alternative to Facebook.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Self-Hosted
      • Wordpress
      BuddyPress vs Facebook
      pros, cons and recent comments
      JohnFastman BuddyPress can be a Facebook alternative, depending on your needs. It's a Wordpress add-on, which means if you self-host or have hosted for you a Wordpress blog or website, you can add BP to enable you to create a social network of your own. Do it on your server and keep your privacy!
      Positive comment over 4 years ago