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 best Self-Hosted alternative is Diaspora, 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 Mastodon (Free, Open Source), Gab (Freemium, Open Source), Friendica (Free, Open Source) and GNU social (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 13, 2021

    1. Diaspora is a federated social networking service, designed to be a more privacy-aware alternative to Facebook . Share what you want, with whom you want.
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      Most users think Diaspora is a great alternative to Facebook.
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      Security focused, privacy, open, and without censorship
      Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago

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      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  almost 5 years ago

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      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  about 2 years ago

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      markswiderski I have less privacy concerns with Diaspora than I have when using FB
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      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 over 2 years ago

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

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      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 over 3 years ago

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    2. Mastodon is a decentralized microblogging engine. FEATURES - Free and open-source. - Decentralized, no worries about a single company controlling your communications. - Supports the standardized ActivityPub protocol - Fully interoperable with...
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      Almost everyone thinks Mastodon is a great alternative to Facebook.
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      NickFreeman Mastodon is federated, open source and not commercial
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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

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

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      tibi97427 Mastodon is more an alternative to Twitter than Facebook
      Negative comment 11 months ago

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      Non-commercial, allows me to curate a following
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      It's is decentralized, without owners, free to post whatever you like and to block whatever you dislike.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      ndlinn Has only a tiny fraction of the functionality Facebook has.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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    3. Gab Social is an open source and fully decentralized social network powered by the Gab Platform. It is the new social network of Gab.com. This change was made to further Gab's commitment to its users trust and privacy online.

      Warning

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

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      Most users think Gab is a great alternative to 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  over 4 years ago

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

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

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      Great communities. Free speech. Ability to mute other users.
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

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      Kedman Freedom of SPEACH, for everyone !
      Positive comment 5 months ago

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      ikimmybee I value free speech, not censorship!!
      Positive comment 9 months ago

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

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    4. Friendica is a distributed social network application. Which allow users to connect with others via their own Friendica server, but may also fully integrate contacts from other platforms including Twitter, diaspora*, Pump.io and StatusNet into their 'newsfeed'.
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      Friendica vs Facebook opinions
      Most users think Friendica is a great alternative to Facebook.
      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  about 4 years ago

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      "Facebook-like" in its operation and general feel, and is interoperable with other social networks as well.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

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      loziniak It has groups and events.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      kylepiira Federated and focused on keeping in touch with friends and family
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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

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

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    5. GNU social is a continuation of the StatusNet project. It is social communication software for both public and private communications. It is widely supported and has a large userbase.
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      Most users think GNU social is a great alternative to Facebook.


    6. 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).
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      Hubzilla vs Facebook opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Hubzilla is a great alternative to Facebook.
      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 over 3 years ago

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      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 11 months ago

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      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 over 3 years ago

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    7. 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.
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      Movim vs Facebook opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Movim is a great alternative to Facebook.
      Nice looking interface and good chat integration.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • gevent
      • Self-Hosted
      • Messagepack
      • Python
      • JavaScript
      • ZeroNet
      ZeroMe - Social network for the distributed P2P network zeroNet

      Eventual common source code: https://github.com/HelloZeroNet/ZeroMe

      Accessible from HTTP proxy: https://bit.no.com:43110/1MeFqFfFFGQfa1J3gJyYYUvb5Lksczq7nH
      Almost everyone thinks ZeroMe is a great alternative to Facebook.
    8. Known is a simple platform for publishing words, pictures, podcasts and more to a site that you control. Choose to share it on social networks like Twitter and Facebook, or extend it to integrate with the software you already use.
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      Most users think Known is a great alternative to Facebook.
    9. 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. Install BuddyPress directly through your WordPress dashboard plugins page, or download it manually from the WordPress.
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      BuddyPress vs Facebook opinions
      Most users think BuddyPress is a great alternative to Facebook.
      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 almost 5 years ago

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      good to have in wordpress
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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