Self-Hosted Signal Alternatives

    Signal is not available as a self-hosted solution but there are plenty of alternatives for power users and business that want to host a solution on-premise. The best Self-Hosted alternative is Element, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Signal and 15 are available as a self-hosted solution so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Self-Hosted alternatives to Signal are Wire (Free Personal, Open Source), Matrix.org (Free, Open Source), Zulip (Free Personal, Open Source) and Nextcloud Talk (Free Personal, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 6, 2021

    1. 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.
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      Element vs Signal opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Element is a great alternative to Signal.
      CatarinaTeles Decentralization and promotes home-servers
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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      Wire is the most secure collaboration platform featuring messenger, voice, video, conference calls, file-sharing, and external collaboration –all protected by the most secure end-to-end-encryption. Why Wire?
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      Wire vs Signal opinions
      Most users think Wire is a great alternative to Signal.
      Works fairly similarly, easy to use, very smooth for the most part, seems actually a little less buggy than signal at times.. I still prefer signal because of the fact that it's from openwhisper systems and I believe it to be the most secure of all the secure private messengers
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      jamiegray Beautiful user interface, recommended by security researchers, open source
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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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.
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      Matrix.org vs Signal opinions
      Most users think Matrix.org is a great alternative to Signal.
      cadetdc1t8x Matrix is a protocol that Element uses. Matrix does not replace the functionality that element offers
      Negative comment 10 months ago

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    2. Zulip is a group chat app in which messages are threaded by topic, helping you have long-running, organized conversations.
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    3. Nextcloud Talk is a fully self-hosted audio/video and chat communication service. It features web and mobile apps and is designed to offer the highest degree of security while being easy to use.
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    4. Dialog Messenger is a customized self-hosted platform usable across multi operation systems simultaneously. dialog provides SDK tools for client interface as well as for server.
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    5. Kontalk is a secure instant messenger, allowing you to send and receive text, image and voice messages (other file types coming soon) to and from other Kontalk users completely free of charge. Kontalk Features: - Your phone number is your ID. No usernames or passwords.
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      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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      • Sailfish OS
      Cyanide is Tox client for Sailfish OS .
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      • Apple Messages
      Apple’s messaging network has gained a lot of popularity in recent years, though it has long been locked down to their platforms. But now, AirMessage makes it easy to send and receive messages to your friends and family through group chats, images, videos and audio messages!
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