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 Oct 14, 2021

    1. Zulip is a group chat app in which messages are threaded by topic, helping you have long-running, organized conversations.
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    2. Franz is a free messaging app / former Emperor of Austria and combines chat & messaging services into one application. Franz currently supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat and many more. You can download Franz for Mac, Windows & Linux.
      Franz vs Skype opinions
      Most users think Franz is a great alternative to Skype.
      There is no video call function in this application
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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      The preservation of privacy is the main driver for this project. Secure technologies, such as WebRTC, are used to establish a direct connection between the participants.
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    3. Empathy is a messaging program which supports text, voice, video chat, and file transfers over many different protocols. You can tell it about your accounts on all those services and do all your chatting within one application.

      Discontinued

      Empathy is currently unmaintained. Last version, 3.25, released in August 2017, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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      Empathy vs Skype opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Empathy is still a legitimate alternative to Skype, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      aasami Enpathy is just a client sofware, not a service like Skype.
      Negative comment about 6 years ago

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      • Hangouts
      What does it do: * Send/receive chat messages * Create/change conversations (rename, add people) * Leave/delete conversation * Notifications * Toggle notifications on/off * Drag-drop, copy-paste or attach-button for image upload.
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      • ZeroNet
      An IRC-like internet chatroom hosted on ZeroNet, a distributed network. 0rc is a fully distributed website, and messages are shared through peers using the ZeroNet stack. In addition, making a new chatroom website is a simple as downloading the files and cloning the site.

      Discontinued

      Last update on github made over 5 years (March 13, 2016).

    4. Clubhouse-like Audio Rooms as a Service Jam lets you add Audio Rooms to your website, webstore or app. Integrations for Wordpress, Webflow, Wix, Shopify, Slack and React available.
    5. A development branch of the Psi XMPP client. Psi is a cross-platform powerful XMPP client (Qt, C++) designed for the XMPP power users.
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      • PortableApps.com
      QuteCom is a community of enthusiasts and developers, creating free software products related to communication over IP.

      Discontinued

      The official website is no longer available. Last version, 2.2.1, released in May 2011, can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine.

    6. AtomJump.com is a well tuned hosted version of the free open-source AtomJump.org. It is free to chat publicly with your family, group or co-workers on your own group.
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