Best Franz Alternatives in 2021

    Franz is described as 'free messaging app / former Emperor of Austria and combines chat & messaging services into one application. Franz currently supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat and many more. You can download Franz for Mac, Windows & Linux' and is a well-known app in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Franz for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is Rambox, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Franz are Ferdi (Free, Open Source), Ripcord (Free Personal), Empathy (Free, Open Source) and Hamsket (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 21, 2021

    1. Rambox gives you the possibility to add common services many times you need, all in one place. It's perfect for people who work with many services for business and private accounts.
      Rambox vs Franz opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Rambox is a great alternative to Franz.
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      syntax Very similar concept. Rambox is also open-source and supports more applications.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      edmundlaugasson Rambox has similar concept like Franz and has more services than Franz which makes it extremely cool. However, Rambox is still too raw - it forgets your configuration when you try to restore from backup and when you have more than 25 services then you just do not see more than 25 and navigating between them is uncomfortable.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

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      javaorca Doesn't have problems with notifications for whatsapp and google chat as Franz has
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      RemovedUser It's better, open-source, and cheaper.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      Murz Opensource app with large list of supported messenger types!
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      Very similar plus it's opensource
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      michalciania Very similar to Franz. Same base (Electron) and same concept (multi tabbed window with separate sessions). But Rambox is very immature and raw in design UI details, notification, user experience, so now I prefer to stay at Franz.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    2. Hard-fork of Franz, adding awesome features and removing unwanted ones.
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      Ferdi vs Franz opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Ferdi is a great alternative to Franz.
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      I searched for a free alternative to Franz, and Ferdi is the free open source fork of Franz project! Nothing to add...
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      batlopes Best free option for those coming from Franz! It has exactly the same interface, so there is no need to learn everything again, and offers all of Franz's premium features.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

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      it's free, simple, and nice graphics
      Positive comment 8 months ago

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      vstyler96 It's the best, no restrictions, constantly updated, I loved it
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Hassle free experience that works better than Franz.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      open source version - it's got all the features of the original, and more.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      edapm Basically Franz for free.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    3. Ripcord is a desktop chat client for group-centric services like Slack and Discord. It provides a traditional compact desktop interface designed for power users.
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    4. Empathy is a messaging program which supports text, voice, video chat, and file transfers over many different protocols. You can tell it about your accounts on all those services and do all your chatting within one application.

      Discontinued

      Empathy is currently unmaintained. Last version, 3.25, released in August 2017, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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      Some users think Empathy is a great alternative to Franz, some don't.
    5. Hamsket is a fork of Rambox that was started when Rambox moved from being totally free to a "freemium" model. Nightly build artifacts are available in Windows (Win64), Mac (DMG / App), and Linux (AppImage64 / RPM64 / DEB64 / Tarball64) packaging flavors.
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      RemovedUser This is the tracker-free version of Rambox which is the best alternative for Franz
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Chat everywhere! IM+ is the most widely used mobile IM app! Connect all-in-one to MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, AIM, Jabber, ICQ, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter on ALL popular mobile platforms.
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      IM+ vs Franz opinions
      Most users think IM+ is a great alternative to Franz.
      Does not support the same range of messengers
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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    6. Dialog Messenger is a customized self-hosted platform usable across multi operation systems simultaneously. dialog provides SDK tools for client interface as well as for server.
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      Dialog Messenger vs Franz opinions
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      Franz is an all-in-one chat client for multiple chat protocols/services. Dialog is yet another chat service, and offers its own chat protocol
      Negative comment 8 months ago

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    7. Unofficial Facebook Messenger app.
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      Caprine vs Franz opinions
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      Caprine is a client only for Facebook Messenger
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
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      • Linux
      • Hangouts
      What does it do: * Send/receive chat messages * Create/change conversations (rename, add people) * Leave/delete conversation * Notifications * Toggle notifications on/off * Drag-drop, copy-paste or attach-button for image upload.
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      YakYak vs Franz opinions
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      YakYak is a client only for Google Hangouts
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    8. Web2Desk is a tool to convert your favorite websites to Desktop app in just one click. Regardless of Platform( OSX, Linux, Windows) we got it covered and it's Free!.
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