The Best Open Source Skype AlternativesTop Group Chat Apps & Instant Messengers like Skype
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.
- - Signal is the most popular Windows, Android, Mac & iPhone alternative to Skype.
- - Signal is the most popular Open Source & free alternative to Skype.
Comments about Signal as a Alternative to Skype
this is like skype without the data log2
Free as in free beer, and fully open source !9
Strong encryption, high quality sound. Uses both WiFi and Mobile Data to grant the best possible quality. Recommended by Edward Snowden. Enjoy!2
Secure, encrypted, not owned by Microsoft or Facebook, keeps your data safe.9
End-to-end encryption and servers do not log data.11
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.
- - Element is the most popular Self-Hosted alternative to Skype.
Comments about Element as a Alternative to Skype
It's arguably the premier Matrix client, which is free software that is decentralized. Riot.im gives you the option to host a Matrix server yourself and connect to it. It also offers end-to-end encryption and high quality video and audio chat. Not to mention the modern UI.5
FOSS, free, open source, own nodes etc.1
Discord is like Skype but better. Element is like Discord but better.0
Cross platform in terms of Apps and equally good using a browser.1
Free, opensource and encrypted, with federation support and can be hosted on your servers.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.
Comments about Tox as a Alternative to Skype
It is completely decentralized, open source, you can freely choose your client (from terminal, over Windows, to iOS)12
Decentralized, Secure, Open-source, fast to setup, no ads.12
free for most of the feature. But no group chat yet, and difficult to sync between multiple devices.5
You cannot setup your microphone properly on any of the major clients. Useless-21
you cannot down load this program-14
Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement
Comments about Jami as a Alternative to Skype
Very good alternative to Skype, WhatsApp and other mainstream chat software. Decentralised, free and open source!1
Jami seems to be really providing the service it declares and not interested in tracking its users in a confused way as other Skype alternatives do (ie Google Hangouts).3
Very fast and open source0
Not only is it free and open, they also do not record all your private conversations and use it against you. As a trial in New Zealand has shown, it also does not spy on your computer like Skype does and does not insert itself into everything.4
Fast, very secure and Open Source.5
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.
Comments about Matrix.org as a Alternative to Skype
Feature-full modern free opensource instant messaging server with federation.3
Mumble was the first and is the most successful and wide spread free and open source software for VoIP. It was the first VoIP software to provide low-latency audio suitable for gaming, and at the same time was a pioneer in high audio quality.
Comments about Mumble as a Alternative to Skype
Completely open source, very high quality4
Communication more lightweight due to new opus codec when communicating4
Mumble requires a server to run3
Lightweight high quality audio chat. Self-hosted and encrypted, so your communications are private.1
Mumble requires a server. Skype is end-to-end-22
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.
Jitsi Meet Features
Comments about Jitsi Meet as a Alternative to Skype
This is an excellent Skype replacement. It's free, open source, encrypted and you don't need to install anything. You simply go to the website, choose a link and email it to the person you want to speak with. Everything happens in your browser. You can password protect your session, have group conversations, share screen, chat and collaborate on text documents. Easier even than Skype and much more private.6
Skype for free, with better quality and more secure.1
Fast, secure and Open Source.0