Open Source Skype Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to Skype for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Discord. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Skype and loads of them is available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Skype are Telegram (Free), Signal (Free, Open Source), Tox (Free, Open Source) and Wire (Free Personal, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 13, 2021

    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.
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      Signal vs Skype opinions
      Most users think Signal is a great alternative to Skype.
      End-to-end encryption and servers do not log data.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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

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

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

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      patrykmilhouse Secure, encrypted, not owned by Microsoft or Facebook, keeps your data safe.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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

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    2. 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.
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      Tox vs Skype opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Tox is a great alternative to Skype.
      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

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

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

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      you cannot down load this program
      Negative comment over 5 years 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 Skype opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Wire is a great alternative to Skype.
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      svenjost Group audio calls with screen sharing functionality, open source, nice UI.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

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

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      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 almost 2 years ago

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      Truly secure and feature reach
      Positive comment over 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 almost 4 years ago

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      a better connection and more secure
      Positive comment almost 4 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.
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      Element vs Skype opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Element is a great alternative to Skype.
      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  almost 5 years ago

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      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  over 2 years ago

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      FOSS, free, open source, own nodes etc.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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

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

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    3. Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement Open Source and cross-platform. Jami gives you a full control over your communications and an unmatched level of privacy.
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      Jami vs Skype opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Jami is a great alternative to Skype.
      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

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

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      Very good alternative to Skype, WhatsApp and other mainstream chat software. Decentralised, free and open source!
      Positive comment about 1 year 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 over 2 years ago

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      Open source, decentralized
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      jsonoctopus Great p2p voice and text chat.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    4. 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 at the same time.
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      Mumble vs Skype opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Mumble is a great alternative to Skype.
      Completely open source, very high quality
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

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

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      Mumble requires a server to run
      Top negative comment  almost 6 years ago

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

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      Mumble requires a server. Skype is end-to-end
      Negative comment over 5 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 Skype opinions
      Most users think Matrix.org is a great alternative to Skype.
      Murz Feature-full modern free opensource instant messaging server with federation.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      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. Use Linphone for free, and enjoy its intuitive interface and advanced features with our free SIP service or with an existing SIP account.
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      Linphone vs Skype opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Linphone is a great alternative to Skype.
      Allows voice, video and text converstaions
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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      Mattermost is an open source alternative to Slack.
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      Mattermost vs Skype opinions
      Most users think Mattermost is a great alternative to Skype.
      MasteLrugarius Its oriented on enterprize
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

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    5. Rocket.Chat is a Web Chat Server, developed in JavaScript, using the Meteor fullstack framework.
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      Rocket.Chat vs Skype opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Rocket.Chat is a great alternative to Skype.
      edlee Good alternative to Slack because it is free and self-hosted.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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