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Ricochet Alternatives

Ricochet is described as 'Anonymous instant messaging for real privacy' and is a instant messenger in the file sharing category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Ricochet for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Android, Mac and iPhone. The best alternative is Signal, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Ricochet are Element, Tox, Jami and RetroShare.

Ricochet 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 Ricochet.
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  1. Signal is a messaging app with an unexpected focus on privacy, combined with all the features expected from a modern IM app. Signal has received a lot of praise from all around the world for its security and privacy-respecting technologies.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionSignal has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedSignal is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeSignal supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineSignal can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingSignal will not track or use your personal data.
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    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


  3. 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.
    ⚫︎ 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.
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    Jami

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • 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.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionJami has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
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    Jami video conference OS X
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    RetroShare

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • BSD
    • OpenSSL
    • OpenPGP

    RetroShare is a open source cross-platform, private and secure decentralized communication system. It lets you to securely chat, share photos, videos, and more, using OpenPGP to authenticate peers and .

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedRetroShare is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedRetroShare is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionRetroShare has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
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  6. An open-source decentralized and encrypted messaging app even without internet connection via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedBriar is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionBriar has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineBriar can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeBriar supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    private messages
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    FluffyChat

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • FLATHUB
    • Ubuntu Touch
    • F-Droid

    FluffyChat is an open, nonprofit and cute matrix messenger app for Ubuntu Touch, Android and iOS.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedFluffyChat is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionFluffyChat has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedFluffyChat is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeFluffyChat supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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  8. Molly is an independent Signal fork for Android.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionMolly has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
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    Status

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • F-Droid
    • APK Downloader

    Chat, browse and transact securely in an open source community committed to bringing the power of Ethereum and a more distributed internet to your pocket.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionStatus has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ DecentralizedStatus is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedStatus is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Bitmessage

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Bitmessage is a P2P communications protocol used to send encrypted messages to another person or to many subscribers. It is decentralized and trustless, meaning that you need-not inherently trust any entities like root certificate authorities.

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