Open Source Skype Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Skype is Signal, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Skype and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Skype are Tox (Free, Open Source), Wire (Free Personal, Open Source), Element (Free Personal, Open Source) and Jami (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 21, 2021

    Platforms

    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Online
    • Windows
    • iPad
    • Mac
    • Android Tablet
    • Linux
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Self-Hosted
    • Chrome OS
    • Windows Phone
    • Apple Watch
    • Google Chrome
    • Blackberry
    • Windows S
    • BSD
    • Windows Mobile
    • Firefox
    • Cloudron

    Features

    • Video chat
    • Group chat
    • Video Conferencing
    • Video calling
    • Share your screen
    • Voice chat
    • Voice Call
    • Chat
    • Encrypted chat
    • Messaging
    • Real time collaboration
    • Team Collaboration
    • WebRTC
    • Integrated File Sharing
    • End-to-End Encryption
    • Call recording
    • Text messaging
    • Ad-free
    • File sharing
    • Privacy focused

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    • 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. View 180 alternatives to Signal
      Most users think Signal is a great alternative to Skype.
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      Signal vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
      End-to-end encryption and servers do not log data.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      10
      Free as in free beer, and fully open source !
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      7
      sedeti this is like skype without the data log
      Positive comment 4 months ago

      1
      Strong encryption, high quality sound. Uses both WiFi and Mobile Data to grant the best possible quality. Recommended by Edward Snowden. Enjoy!
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      1
      patrykmilhouse Secure, encrypted, not owned by Microsoft or Facebook, keeps your data safe.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      8
      Call people without being listened on!
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

      6
    • Send messages, files, create groups and make Tox to Tox audio and video calls. Securely. View 176 alternatives to Tox
      Almost everyone thinks Tox is a great alternative to Skype.
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      Tox vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
      beatrupp It is completely decentralized, open source, you can freely choose your client (from terminal, over Windows, to iOS)
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      bumba Decentralized, Secure, Open-source, fast to setup, no ads.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      12
      you cannot down load this program
      Top negative comment  over 5 years ago

      -12
      free for most of the feature. But no group chat yet, and difficult to sync between multiple devices.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      5
      You cannot setup your microphone properly on any of the major clients. Useless
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

      -21


    • Wire is the most secure collaboration platform featuring messenger, voice, video, conference calls, file-sharing, and external collaboration –all protected by the most secure... View 256 alternatives to Wire
      Almost everyone thinks Wire is a great alternative to Skype.
      • Free PersonalOpen Source
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      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      Wire vs Skype
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      svenjost Group audio calls with screen sharing functionality, open source, nice UI.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      10
      Great security, open source, video calls, responsive developers.
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

      9
      Wire is free, open source and easy to use and, most importantly, PRIVATE. It transmits data only in an encrypted way that even the creators of Wire cannot see, so you can be sure your content is YOURS, and not something the likes of Microsoft (who own Skype) can read, analyze, hand on to authorities or lose to hackers.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      1
      Truly secure and feature reach
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      someonelast It's open source, cross-platform, and free!
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      Lura Open source, encrypted, stable
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      0
      a better connection and more secure
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    • 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. View 244 alternatives to Element
      Almost everyone thinks Element is a great alternative to Skype.
      • Free PersonalOpen Source
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      • Self-Hosted
      • Matrix.org
      • Cloudron
      Element vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
      MasteLrugarius It's like Skype but has open groups like Teamspeak and it has unlimited fileupload. Thanks to a server to server structure, everyone can text everyone.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      6
      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.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

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      FOSS, free, open source, own nodes etc.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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      Cross platform in terms of Apps and equally good using a browser.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      Murz Free, opensource and encrypted, with federation support and can be hosted on your servers.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      2
    • Voice, video and chat communications, secure, decentralized, strong privacy and freedoms. View 123 alternatives to Jami
      Almost everyone thinks Jami is a great alternative to Skype.
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      Jami vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      3
      Fast, very secure and Open Source.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      4
      Very good alternative to Skype, WhatsApp and other mainstream chat software. Decentralised, free and open source!
      Positive comment 12 months ago

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      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).
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      2
      Open source, decentralized
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      0
      jsonoctopus Great p2p voice and text chat.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      0


    • Mumble is an open source, low-latency, high quality voice chat software primarily intended for use while gaming. View 43 alternatives to Mumble
      Almost everyone thinks Mumble is a great alternative to Skype.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      • BSD
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      • Self-Hosted
      • PortableApps.com
      Mumble vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Completely open source, very high quality
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      4
      Communication more lightweight due to new opus codec when communicating
      Top positive comment  almost 6 years ago

      4
      Mumble requires a server to run
      Top negative comment  over 5 years ago

      2
      Lightweight high quality audio chat. Self-hosted and encrypted, so your communications are private.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      1
      Mumble requires a server. Skype is end-to-end
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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    • Secure, fully featured, and completely free video conferencing. View 108 alternatives to Jitsi Meet
      Almost everyone thinks Jitsi Meet is a great alternative to Skype.
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      Jitsi Meet vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      6
      Skype for free, with better quality and more secure.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      1
      Fast, secure and Open Source.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      0
    • 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... View 121 alternatives to Matrix.org
      Most users think Matrix.org is a great alternative to Skype.
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      • WebRTC
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      Matrix.org vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Murz Feature-full modern free opensource instant messaging server with federation.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      3
    • Linphone is one of the most famous open source softphones in the world. It is fully SIP-based, for all calling, presence and IM features. View 77 alternatives to Linphone
      Almost everyone thinks Linphone is a great alternative to Skype.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      Linphone vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Allows voice, video and text converstaions
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

      4
    • Mattermost is an open source, self-hosted Slack alternative. View 122 alternatives to Mattermost
      Most users think Mattermost is a great alternative to Skype.
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      Mattermost vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
      MasteLrugarius Its oriented on enterprize
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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