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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 19 are available as a self-hosted solution so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Self-Hosted alternatives to Signal are Wire, Matrix.org, Jitsi Meet and Zulip.

Signal alternatives are mainly Group Chat Apps but may also be Encrypted Chat Apps or Instant Messengers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Signal.
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  1. Element icon

    Element

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    • Matrix.org
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    264 alternatives to Element 

    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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    1.  DecentralizedElement is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  End-to-End EncryptionElement has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    3.  Privacy focusedElement is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    4.  VoiP CallsElement allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    5.  Support for MarkDownElement supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    6.  File VersioningElement has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    7.  No TrackingElement will not track you or use your personal data.
    8.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Element simultaneously.
    9.  DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
    Video calls for desktop and mobile
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    Collaboration and screen sharing
    Element vs Signal opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Element is a great alternative to Signal.
    CatarinaTeles

    Decentralization and promotes home-servers

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    LinuxDoge

    No phone number. You can choose a good server, but communicate with all. You can run it over Tor. The app is easy to use but full of features, that Signal still dreams of. There are Apps for every platform, in every Form.

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    Wire

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    258 alternatives to Wire 

    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.

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    1.  End-to-End EncryptionWire has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  VoiP CallsWire allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    3.  Screen SharingYou can use Wire to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    4.  Privacy focusedWire is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    5.  Multiple Account supportWire support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
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    Wire vs Signal opinions
    Most users think Wire is a great alternative to Signal.
    Guest

    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

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    jamiegray

    Beautiful user interface, recommended by security researchers, open source

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    Matrix.org

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    134 alternatives to Matrix.org 

    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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    1.  End-to-End EncryptionMatrix.org has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  DecentralizedMatrix.org is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    3.  Multiple Account supportMatrix.org support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    4.  VoiP CallsMatrix.org allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    5.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Matrix.org simultaneously.
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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

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    Pachem

    Its NOT alternative t signal. It is great and I love the Matrix protocol but not a messenger. Its a protocol a messenger could use... those are two distinctly different things.

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    Jitsi Meet

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    122 alternatives to Jitsi Meet 

    Go ahead, video chat with the whole team. In fact, invite everyone you know. Jitsi Meet is a fully encrypted, 100% open source video conferencing solution that you can use all day, every day, for free — with no account needed.

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    1.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Jitsi Meet without registration.
    2.  End-to-End EncryptionJitsi Meet has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    3.  Screen SharingYou can use Jitsi Meet to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    4.  Ad-freeJitsi Meet doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    5.  LightweightJitsi Meet consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Zulip

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    225 alternatives to Zulip 

    Zulip is a group chat app in which messages are threaded by topic, helping you have long-running, organized conversations. Zulip's threading makes it easy for people not always on chat (like managers, remote team members, contractors, part-time workers, etc) to weigh in on...

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    Nextcloud Talk

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    82 alternatives to Nextcloud Talk 

    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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    1.  Screen SharingYou can use Nextcloud Talk to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    2.  End-to-End EncryptionNextcloud Talk has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
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      Tinode

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      188 alternatives to Tinode 

      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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      1.  Ad-freeTinode doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
      2.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Tinode simultaneously.
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      SimpleX Chat

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      12 alternatives to SimpleX Chat 

      SimpleX - the most private and secure chat and applications platform - now with double ratchet E2E encryption! Built on Haskell with Love and Coffee.

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      1.  Privacy focusedSimpleX Chat is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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        Kontalk Messenger

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        54 alternatives to Kontalk Messenger 

        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.

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        1.  End-to-End EncryptionKontalk Messenger has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
        2.  OpenPGPKontalk Messenger supports OpenPGP, a standard of PGP encryption that is open-source for public use.
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          AirMessage

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          45 alternatives to AirMessage 

          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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