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Open Source Franz Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Franz is Station. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Franz and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Franz are Ferdium, Hamsket, Empathy and Nertivia.

Franz alternatives are mainly Instant Messengers but may also be Group Chat Apps or Video Calling Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Franz.
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Franz is a free messaging app / former Emperor of Austria and combines chat & messaging services into one application....

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  1. Station is the first open-source smart browser for busy people. A single place for all of your web applications.

    Discontinued

    From the GitHub repository: “This project is not actively maintained.”

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    Almost everyone thinks Station is a great alternative to Franz.

    Had the services I wanted that Franz didn't, even with its recipes some apps were impossible to add.

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    Easier than franz to use, configure and consume less ram from computer!

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    Beautiful design and more easy to configure, right. A lot of apps, right. But, no languages support (only english) and really not consume less ram. On my test : 4 services connected on both (Franz and Station), Station takes about 2,1 Go of Ram ! Franz consume 700 mo. In comparision, I have also 30 opened tabs in Chrome and it consume about 1 Go of my Ram.

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    400+ apps. Very modern design. It has also a notifications manager.

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  2. Add all your services in one place for quick and easy access and never search your tabs or bookmarks again!

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    Ferdium vs Franz opinions
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    Uraael

    It's Ferdi after the Ferdi developer threw a wobbly and walked away (Ferdi being forked from Franz after THAT developer started pricing a little too aggressively). If you liked Ferdi you'll like Ferdium 'cos it's the same, innit. Ferdium seems to be still getting updates but its future is anyone's guess at this point.

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  3. Hamsket is a fork of Rambox that was started when Rambox moved from being totally free to a "freemium" model.

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    This is the tracker-free version of Rambox which is the best alternative for Franz

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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.

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    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.
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    Nertivia

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Online

    Nertivia is an chat client that allows you to chat to anyone across the world. There are a lot of features that don't require you to pay at all such as, gif profile pictures, free custom emojis and more coming soon!

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  6. Free open source Electron based multi instant messaging (IM) client.

    Combine all your IM applications (or whatever you want) in a single browser (Electron) window.

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    Almost everyone thinks ElectronIM is a great alternative to Franz.
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    Tangram

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • FLATHUB

    Tangram is a new kind of browser. It is designed to organize and run your Web applications. Each tab is persistent and independant. You can set multiple tabs with different accounts for the same application.

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    emascandam

    Unlike many alternatives that rely on Blink, Tangram relies on WebKit and thus some users might see memory improvement (it still used a lot of RAM though).

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    Kopete

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Kopete is an instant messenger supporting AIM, ICQ, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, Novell GroupWise Messenger, and more. It is designed to be a flexible and extensible multi-protocol system suitable for personal and enterprise use.

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    YakYak

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Hangouts

    Desktop client for Google Hangouts.

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    YakYak is a client only for Google Hangouts

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    Tinode

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Self-Hosted
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Fully open source instant messaging server and clients. No proprietary components or non-free dependencies. Backend in pure Go (GPL 3.0), with a command-line administration tool in python + gRPC. Clients for Android, iPhone, and Web - ReactJS (all licensed under Apache 2.0).

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