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Self-Hosted Skype Alternatives

Skype 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 Wire. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Element or Mumble. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Skype and many of them are available as a self-hosted solution so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Self-Hosted alternatives to Skype are Jitsi Meet, Matrix.org, Mattermost and Rocket.Chat.

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

    Wire

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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.

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    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.

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    Great security, open source, video calls, responsive developers.

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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.

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    Truly secure and feature reach

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    someonelast

    It's open source, cross-platform, and free!

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    Lura

    Open source, encrypted, stable

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    a better connection and more secure

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    Element

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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.

    Video calls for desktop and mobile
    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.

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    FOSS, free, open source, own nodes etc.

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    Cross platform in terms of Apps and equally good using a browser.

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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.

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    Murz

    Free, opensource and encrypted, with federation support and can be hosted on your servers.

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  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 at the same time.

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    Almost everyone thinks Mumble is a great alternative to Skype.

    Completely open source, very high quality

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    Communication more lightweight due to new opus codec when communicating

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    Mumble requires a server to run

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    Lightweight high quality audio chat. Self-hosted and encrypted, so your communications are private.

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    Mumble requires a server. Skype is end-to-end

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  4. 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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    Jitsi Meet vs Skype opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Jitsi Meet is a great 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.

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    Fast, secure and Open Source.

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    Skype for free, with better quality and more secure.

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    Matrix.org

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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.

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    Mattermost

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    Mattermost is a secure, open source platform for communication, collaboration, and workflow orchestration across tools and teams.

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    Most users think Mattermost is a great alternative to Skype.
    MasteLrugarius

    Its oriented on enterprize

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  7. Rocket.Chat is a Web Chat Server, developed in JavaScript, using the Meteor fullstack framework.

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    Almost everyone thinks Rocket.Chat is a great alternative to Skype.
    edlee

    Good alternative to Slack because it is free and self-hosted.

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  8. Zulip is a group chat app in which messages are threaded by topic, helping you have long-running, organized conversations.

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    Nextcloud Talk

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    • Nextcloud

    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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    Briefing

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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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