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 Jan 28, 2021

    • Diaspora is a federated social networking service, designed to be a more privacy-aware alternative to Facebook .
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Facebook.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Linux
      • Online
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      • Ruby
      Security focused, privacy, open, and without censorship
      Positive comment about 2 years ago 7 users agree and 1 doesn't

      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.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago 10 users agree and 2 don't

      Yrdael So many possibilities are available. Respectful. Nice and clear. Can be self-hosted.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago 9 users agree and 3 don't

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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.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Facebook.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • Cloudron
      NickFreeman Mastodon is federated, open source and not commercial
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago 5 users agree and 1 doesn't

      free(freedom,ad-free,privacy), decentralized, open source... what more do you want
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago 10 users agree and 4 don't

      alternative_be Decentralized, anonymous, aliases allowed
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago 1 users agree

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

      Warning

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

      • Freemium • Open Source
      • Online
      • Android
      • Self-Hosted
      Free speech. No censoring. Say what you want, mute anyone that you don't like. GabTV so you can live broadcast. Free.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago 31 users agree and 7 don't

      No censorship, free, no data harvesting, few bots, friendly and helpful community.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago 24 users agree and 6 don't

      300 character limit means you can actually get a decent thought out.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago 11 users agree and 4 don't

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    • Distributed social network. With focus on decentralization, privacy, interoperability.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Facebook.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      • PHP
      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.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago 2 users agree

      "Facebook-like" in its operation and general feel, and is interoperable with other social networks as well.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago 1 users agree

      Interacts with other social network APIs, is feature rich, and is decentralized.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago 1 users agree

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

      Discontinued

      Git repo seems abandoned, last update was in 2017.

      • Free • Open 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).
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Facebook.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      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 almost 3 years ago 3 users agree

      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 4 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 almost 3 years ago 2 users agree and 1 doesn't

    • 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.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Facebook.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      • Self-Hosted
      Nice looking interface and good chat integration.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago 1 users agree and 3 don't

    • HumHub is a free social network software and framework built to give you the tools to make teamwork easy and successful.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Facebook.
      • Freemium • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      i have installed many of the opensource self-hosted and by far Humhub is the easiest feature rich Facebook alternative
      Positive comment 10 months ago

    • ZeroMe - Social network for the distributed P2P network zeroNetEventual common source code: https://github.com/HelloZeroNet/ZeroMe
      • Free • Open 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.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Facebook.