Open Source Facebook Alternatives

    Facebook is described as 'Free online social media and network service connecting people with friends, family, classmates and more'. There are more than 100 alternatives to Facebook for various platforms. The best alternative is Minds, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Facebook are Diaspora (Free, Open Source), Mastodon (Free, Open Source), Gab (Freemium, Open Source) and Friendica (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated May 6, 2021

    • We are a free and open-source platform to launch your digital brand, social network and mobile app. We are also a social network ourselves. View 150 alternatives to Minds
      Almost everyone thinks Minds is a great alternative to Facebook.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Minds vs Facebook
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      Open source, transparent and does not push any particular ideology.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      MindMunition It does everything I want to do from Facebook and Twitter and it doesn't censor people.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      It's made by people for people ;)
      Positive comment 4 months ago

      Great ethics and policies. All software should be open source. People get paid to make content and it's scaled
      Positive comment 6 months ago

      I just started there today - but facebook make to mucht against the free speak, so I hope Minds.com will be a good place
      Positive comment 7 months ago

      Privacy focused "facebook"
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      It's a great social network! I experience more user-engagement here than on Facebook, and posts from people you're subscribed to shows in chronological order. That means you won't miss a single post if you take your time to scroll through your newsfeed! Minds is still evolving, and It's a joy to behold.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    • Diaspora is a federated social networking service, designed to be a more privacy-aware alternative to Facebook . View 130 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 100 alternatives to Mastodon
      Almost everyone thinks Mastodon is a great alternative to Facebook.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • Cloudron
      Mastodon vs Facebook
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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  over 1 year ago

      tibi97427 Mastodon is more an alternative to Twitter than Facebook
      Negative comment 5 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 152 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
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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 4 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 128 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

      loziniak It has groups and events.
      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 99 alternatives to GNU social
      Most users think GNU social is a great alternative to Facebook.
      • 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 84 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 6 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

    • A non-censored social platform where users are incentivized to contribute and curate content. The users decide what is valuable by voting, and content regarded valuable is rewarded with money. View 116 alternatives to Steemit
      Most users think Steemit is a great alternative to Facebook.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Online
      Steemit vs Facebook
      pros, cons and recent comments
      ndlinn SteemIt an exciting new decentralized blockchain-based platform, but currently is still in beta and doesn’t offer a comparable feature set at present. It’s more akin to a blogging platform like Medium.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

      MintDice Content creators are paid for their actions.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    • Nitter is a free and open-source front-end mirror of Twitter, which allows you to consult Twitter, with a focus on privacy. View 126 alternatives to Nitter
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Online
      • Google Chrome
      • Firefox
    • 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 79 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 about 3 years ago

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