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Pidgin Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to Pidgin for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Jitsi Desktop, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Pidgin and loads of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Pidgin are Matrix.org, Jami, SeaMonkey and Utopia.

Pidgin alternatives are mainly Encrypted Chat Apps but may also be Group Chat Apps or Instant Messengers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Pidgin.
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  1. Jitsi Desktop (previously SIP Communicator) is a legacy audio/video and chat communicator with full encryption, precedessor of Jitsi Meet .

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedJitsi Desktop is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Jitsi Desktop without registration.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsJitsi Desktop can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportJitsi Desktop support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
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    Discontinued

    Jitsi Desktop is not actively developed anymore: last version, released in October 2017, can be still downloaded from GitHub. Its successor is Jitsi Meet icon Jitsi Meet

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    Most users think Jitsi Desktop is a great alternative to Pidgin.

    It's only focused on video chat, no more Xmpp Support

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    it does not support Jabber/XMPP anymore

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    Jitsi is now a video-chat only application, with no support for XMPP/Jabber functionality.

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    Matrix.org

    • FreeOpen Source
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    Matrix defines a set of open APIs for decentralised communication, suitable for securely publishing, persisting and subscribing to data over a global open federation of servers with no single point of control.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionMatrix.org has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ DecentralizedMatrix.org is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportMatrix.org support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Matrix.org simultaneously.
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    Matrix does allow multi-protocol chat via "bridges". https://matrix.org/bridges/

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    It's not a universal messaging platform

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    Jami

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedJami is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedJami is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeJami doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionJami has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Screen SharingYou can use Jami to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
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    Jami vs Pidgin opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Jami is still a legitimate alternative to Pidgin, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    Pidgin more focused on text and mutiprotocol messaging. While Ring more focused on a distributed non-multiprotocol service.

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  4. Web-browser, advanced e-mail, newsgroup and feed client, IRC chat, and HTML editing in one application. Itis built on the open source Mozilla Gecko engine, the same code which underlies Thunderbird and is the base for the Firefox browser.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableSeaMonkey is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ LightweightSeaMonkey consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedSeaMonkey is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ PortableSeaMonkey can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsSeaMonkey can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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  5. Utopia P2P Ecosystem. Utopia is a feature-rich platform that is specifically designed to protect privacy of communication, confidentiality, and security of personal data. Utopia is a decentralized network, with no central server involved in data transmission or storage.

    ⚫︎ No TrackingUtopia will not track or use your personal data.
    ⚫︎ DecentralizedUtopia is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ AES-256 EncryptionUtopia has AES-256 Encryption, i.e. very strong security.
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    Trillian

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    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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    Trillian vs Pidgin opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Trillian is a great alternative to Pidgin.

    Pidgen supports multiple accounts from multiple services, while this is a single service. So instead of allowing you to use all your existing accounts it requires you to use their account. The beauty of Pidgen is that you can connect with your friends using the service they use instead of trying to sell them on the service you want to use.

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  7. Franz is a 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.

    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportFranz support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
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    Franz is discontinued

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  8. The goal of Gajim is to provide a full featured and easy to use XMPP client. Gajim works nicely with GNOME, but does not require it to run. It is released under the GNU General Public License.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedGajim is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGajim can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Supports more XMPP features and has it already integrated in the base.

    Pidgin needs a lot of plugin to have a similar support for features.

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    It's a Jabber client only, not a multi-protocol / multi-channel chat client. Similar to Pidgin on it's root purpose can only by another multi-protocol client. Gajim is not.

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  9. Dino is a modern open-source chat client for the desktop. It focuses on providing a clean and reliable Jabber/XMPP experience while having your privacy in mind. Using GTK+/Vala.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionDino has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportDino support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedDino is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ DecentralizedDino is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Dino simultaneously.
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  10. 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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    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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    Empathy vs Pidgin opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Empathy is a great alternative to Pidgin.

    Both free and open source and works in Linux Support many protocols

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