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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, Friendica, GNU social and Hubzilla.

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  1. Diaspora icon

    Diaspora

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    • Self-Hosted
    • Ruby
    158 alternatives to Diaspora 

    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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    1.  DecentralizedDiaspora is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Privacy focusedDiaspora is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  No TrackingDiaspora will not track you or use your personal data.
    4.  Support for ActivityPubDiaspora support ActivityPub, a open and decentralized social network protocol.
    5.  Support for MarkDownDiaspora supports MarkDown for document formatting.
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    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.

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    Yrdael

    So many possibilities are available. Respectful. Nice and clear. Can be self-hosted.

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    Guest

    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.

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    markswiderski

    I have less privacy concerns with Diaspora than I have when using FB

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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.

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    Guest

    Security focused, privacy, open, and without censorship

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    Guest

    more privacy-aware, self controll OSS not so dangerus for democracy

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    Mastodon

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    • Cloudron
    129 alternatives to Mastodon 

    Mastodon is a Free and Open Source federated social network, made with a focus on more personal interaction.

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    1.  DecentralizedMastodon is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Ad-freeMastodon doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Privacy focusedMastodon is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    4.  Support for ActivityPubMastodon support ActivityPub, a open and decentralized social network protocol.
    5.  Two-factor AuthenticationMastodon supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    6.  Support for @mentionsMastodon supports the use of mentions through @ to a particular user, who will be notified personally.
    7.  No TrackingMastodon will not track you or use your personal data.
    8.  Dark ModeMastodon supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Social networking, back in your hands
    You're in control. You decide who you see in your home feed. No surprises.
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    Almost everyone thinks Mastodon is a great alternative to Facebook.
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    Guest

    free(freedom,ad-free,privacy), decentralized, open source... what more do you want

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    Guest

    Mastodon is decentralized and open to all kinds of people. It is closer to Twitter than it is to Facebook. It doesn't seem to attract the alt right like other Facebook alternatives do. I love the interface. It is very well structured and even though you join up for only one instance, you can interact with the whole world!

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    tibi97427

    Mastodon is more an alternative to Twitter than Facebook

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    loziniak

    Mastodon is more like Twitter.

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    Guest

    Non-commercial, allows me to curate a following

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    Guest

    It's is decentralized, without owners, free to post whatever you like and to block whatever you dislike.

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    ndlinn

    Has only a tiny fraction of the functionality Facebook has.

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  3. Friendica icon

    Friendica

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    153 alternatives to Friendica 

    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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    1.  DecentralizedFriendica is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Privacy focusedFriendica is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  Support for ActivityPubFriendica support ActivityPub, a open and decentralized social network protocol.
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    Friendica vs Facebook opinions
    Most users think Friendica is a great alternative to Facebook.
    Guest

    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.

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    loziniak

    It has groups and events.

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    Guest

    "Facebook-like" in its operation and general feel, and is interoperable with other social networks as well.

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    kylepiira

    Federated and focused on keeping in touch with friends and family

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    Guest

    Interacts with other social network APIs, is feature rich, and is decentralized.

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    arndtadler

    It's independent, feature rich and decentralized.

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    GNU social

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    115 alternatives to GNU social 

    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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    1.  DecentralizedGNU social is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Ad-freeGNU social doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    Most users think GNU social is a great alternative to Facebook.
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    Hubzilla

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    96 alternatives to Hubzilla 

    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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    1.  DecentralizedHubzilla is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Support for ActivityPubHubzilla support ActivityPub, a open and decentralized social network protocol.
    3.  Calendar IntegrationHubzilla lets you sync your tasks and events with your calendar application.
    4.  Privacy focusedHubzilla is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    5.  Ad-freeHubzilla doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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  6. Movim icon

    Movim

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    • Android Tablet
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    93 alternatives to Movim 

    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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    1.  DecentralizedMovim is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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    Almost everyone thinks Movim is a great alternative to Facebook.
    Guest

    Nice looking interface and good chat integration.

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    ZeroMe

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    • Messagepack
    • Python
    • JavaScript
    • ZeroNet
    97 alternatives to ZeroMe 

    Social network for the distributed P2P network ZeroNet.

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    1.  DecentralizedZeroMe is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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    ZeroMe vs Facebook opinions
    Almost everyone thinks ZeroMe is a great alternative to Facebook.
  8. BuddyPress icon

    BuddyPress

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    • Wordpress
    124 alternatives to BuddyPress 

    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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    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!

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    Guest

    good to have in wordpress

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    Known

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    166 alternatives to Known 

    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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    1.  DecentralizedKnown is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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    Most users think Known is a great alternative to Facebook.
  10. Open Source Social Network ( OSSN ) icon

    Open Source Social Network ( OSSN )

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    86 alternatives to Open Source Social Network ( OSSN ) 

    opensource-socialnetwork also know as OSSN is a social networking software written in PHP. It allows you to make a social networking website, helps your members build social relationships with people who share similar professional or personal interests.

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