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Kaidan Alternatives

Kaidan is described as 'simple, user-friendly Jabber/XMPP client providing a modern user interface using Kirigami and QtQuick. The back-end of Kaidan is written in C++ using the QXmpp XMPP client library and Qt 5' and is a instant messenger in the social & communications category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Kaidan for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and BSD. The best alternative is Element, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Kaidan are Tox, Pidgin, WhatsApp and HexChat.

Kaidan alternatives are mainly Instant Messengers but may also be Encrypted Chat Apps or Group Chat Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Kaidan.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux
  • Android
  • Ubuntu Touch
  • Plasma Mobile

Kaidan is a simple, user-friendly Jabber/XMPP client providing a modern user interface using Kirigami and QtQuick. The...

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  1. Element icon

    Element

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • Matrix.org
    • Cloudron
    • F-Droid
    • FLATHUB

    Element is a secure collaboration and messaging app based on the Matrix protocol. It’s decentralised to deliver digital sovereignty, and based on an open standard for easy connections and interoperability. It is end-to-end encrypted by default.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedElement is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionElement has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedElement is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningElement has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownElement supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingElement will not track or use your personal data.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Element simultaneously.
    ⚫︎ DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
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    Video calls for desktop and mobile
  2. With the rise of widespread government monitoring programs, Tox is an easy to use application that allows you to connect with friends and loved ones without anyone else listening in.

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedTox is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ DecentralizedTox is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionTox has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Tox without registration.
    ⚫︎ Screen SharingYou can use Tox to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeTox supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ LightweightTox consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingTox will not track or use your personal data.
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    The Universal Tox Client. A Tox client that runs on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, FreeBSD & the web. Written in JS using React & React Native / electron.


  3. Pidgin is an easy to use, multi-protocol chat client client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, XMPP, and more chat networks all at once. It has built-in support for NSS, offering client-to-server message encryption for protocols that support it.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsPidgin can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportPidgin support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    ⚫︎ PortablePidgin can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  4. WhatsApp is an iPhone and Android messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionWhatsApp has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeWhatsApp supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Two-factor AuthenticationWhatsApp supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    ⚫︎ Expiring StoriesYou can create, view, interact and share temporary stories in WhatsApp.
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    HexChat

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Xfce
    • MacPorts
    • XQuartz

    HexChat is an IRC client based on XChat for Linux , but unlike XChat it’s completely free for both Windows and Unix-like systems.

    ⚫︎ PortableHexChat can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  6. Conversations is a privacy focused, open source XMPP Texting [Jabber] client for Android 4.0+ smart phones with wife-approved easy encryption [OTR, OMEMO, or GPG].

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedConversations is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionConversations has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Self destructing messagesConversations supports the use of private messages that will be auto deleted according to a specified time or action.
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    Facebook Messenger

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Android Wear

    Facebook Messenger is a faster way to message. Reach friends right on their phones, get and send messages fast, message everyone at once and more.

    ⚫︎ Expiring StoriesYou can create, view, interact and share temporary stories in Facebook Messenger.
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    Trillian

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • iPad

    Trillian is an instant messaging app that works on phones, tablets, and desktops while keeping your chats neatly synchronized between all of them! We think conversation should be easily shared between all of your devices, not trapped as text messages on your phone.

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  9. Adium is a free and open source instant messaging application for Mac OS X, written using Mac OS Xs Cocoa API, released under the GNU GPL and developed by the Adium team.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableAdium is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Xabber

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • F-Droid

    Open source Jabber (XMPP) client with multi-account support, clean and simple interface. Being both free (as in freedom!) and ad-free, Xabber is designed to be the best Jabber client for Android .

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    Discontinued

    The project seems no longer developed since 2019. Last version, 2.6.6, released in October 2019, can be still downloaded from F-Droid, it's no longer available on Google Play Store

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