Alternatives to Franz for Linux with any license

  • Rambox

    Free, open source and cross platform messaging and emailing app that combines common web applications into one.

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux

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    • Very similar concept. Rambox is also open-source and supports more applications. syntaxFeb 2017 • 11 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Similar to Franz but badge notifications are quite confusing. Guest • Apr 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. edmundlaugassonJul 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. michalcianiaSep 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Opensource app with large list of supported messenger types! MurzApr 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Empathy

    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...

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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

    What does it do: * Send/receive chat messages * Create/change conversations (rename, add people) * Leave/delete conversation * Notifications * ...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux Hangouts

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  • Kopete

    Kopete is an instant messenger supporting AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, IRC, Gadu-Gadu, Novell GroupWise Messenger, and more. It is designed to be a flexible and...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Linux BSD

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  • Caprine

    Caprine is an unofficial and privacy focused Facebook Messenger app with many useful features.

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux

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  • Messenger for Desktop

    A simple & beautiful app for Facebook Messenger. Chat without distractions on any Operating System.

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux

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    • Bundleware Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
    • Not a multi-protocol app while Franz does. Guest • Sep 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • qutIM

    qutIM - free open-source multiprotocol ( ICQ, Jabber/GTalk/Ya.Online/LiveJournal.com, Mail.Ru, IRC ) instant messenger for Windows, Linux, MacOS X, OS/2, Symbian...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux S60 BSD ... Haiku

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    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed. Last versions for Windows, Mac, Linux and other platforms can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • Cutegram

    Cutegram is a free and opensource telegram clients for Linux, Windows, OS X and OpenBSD, focusing on user friendly, compatibility with desktop environments.

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD

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  • ManageYum

    One desktop app for many apps, included Gmail, Inbox, Skype, Facebook Messenger, but also professional collaboration platforms like Salesforce, GitHub, Confluence...

    Commercial $ $ $ Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Gyach

    Gyach is a GTK+ based Yahoo! Chat client.

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, v0.9.8, released in July 2004, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • Sim-IM

    Sim-IM, Simple Instant Messenger, is a multiple protocol instant messenger for MS Windows, GNU/Linux, FreeBSD. Sim-IM supports Jabber/XMPP, Google Talk, ICQ and AIM...

    Free Windows Linux BSD

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    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed. Last versions for Windows and Linux date back to 2008, but they can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • Fire

    Fire is a multi-protocol instant messenger client for Mac OS X based on freely available libraries for each service. Currently Fire handles AOL Instant Messenger®...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Linux BSD

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    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.5.6, released in February 2006, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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