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Tor Messenger is described as 'cross-platform chat program that aims to be secure by default and sends all of its traffic over Tor. It supports a wide variety of transport networks, Off-the-Record (OTR) messaging and has an easy-to-use graphical user interface' and is a instant messenger in the social & communications category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Tor Messenger for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, BSD and Android. The best alternative is Signal, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Tor Messenger are Element, Jitsi Desktop, Tox and Pidgin.

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

    Signal

    • Mac
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    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    203 alternatives to Signal 

    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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    1.  End-to-End EncryptionSignal has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  Privacy focusedSignal is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  Ad-freeSignal doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  Self Destructing MessagesSignal supports the use of private messages that will be auto deleted according to a specified time or action.
    5.  VoiP CallsSignal allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    6.  Dark ModeSignal supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    7.  Works OfflineSignal can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    8.  No TrackingSignal will not track you or use your personal data.
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  2. Element icon

    Element

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    • Online
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    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
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    • Self-Hosted
    • Matrix.org
    • Cloudron
    • F-Droid
    • FLATHUB
    264 alternatives to Element 

    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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    1.  DecentralizedElement is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  End-to-End EncryptionElement has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    3.  Privacy focusedElement is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    4.  VoiP CallsElement allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    5.  Support for MarkDownElement supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    6.  File VersioningElement has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    7.  No TrackingElement will not track you or use your personal data.
    8.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Element simultaneously.
    9.  DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
    Video calls for desktop and mobile
    Collaboration widgets


  3. Jitsi Desktop icon

    Jitsi Desktop

    • Mac
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    • Linux
    • Online
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    70 alternatives to Jitsi Desktop 

    Jitsi Desktop (previously SIP Communicator) is a legacy audio/video and chat communicator with full encryption, precedessor of Jitsi Meet .

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    1.  Privacy focusedJitsi Desktop is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    2.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Jitsi Desktop without registration.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsJitsi Desktop can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    4.  Multiple Account supportJitsi Desktop support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    5.  Desktop SharingJitsi Desktop enables you to share your screen with other people in the same office or working remotely.
    Discontinued

    Jitsi Desktop is not actively developed anymore: last version, released in October 2017, can be still downloaded from GitHub. Its successor is Jitsi Meet icon Jitsi Meet

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    Call Window in an Audio/Video call.
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    Tox

    • Mac
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    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    179 alternatives to Tox 

    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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    1.  DecentralizedTox is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Privacy focusedTox is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  End-to-End EncryptionTox has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    4.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Tox without registration.
    5.  Screen SharingYou can use Tox to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    6.  Dark ModeTox supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    7.  LightweightTox consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    8.  No TrackingTox will not track you or use your personal data.
    9.  VoiP CallsTox allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    The Universal Tox Client. A Tox client that runs on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, FreeBSD & the web. Written in JS using React & React Native / electron.
    qTox. A Tox client developed in C++ with the Qt framework
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    Pidgin

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    • PortableApps.com
    • Xfce
    116 alternatives to Pidgin 

    Pidgin is an easy to use, multi-protocol chat client client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, XMPP, and more chat networks all at once. It has built-in support for NSS, offering client-to-server message encryption for protocols that support it.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsPidgin can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  Multiple Account supportPidgin support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    3.  VoiP CallsPidgin allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    4.  PortablePidgin can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Jami

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    • Android Tablet
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    135 alternatives to Jami 

    Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement

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    1.  DecentralizedJami is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Privacy focusedJami is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  Ad-freeJami doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  End-to-End EncryptionJami has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    5.  Screen SharingYou can use Jami to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    Jami video conference OS X
    Jami conference call Linux
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    RetroShare

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • BSD
    • OpenSSL
    • OpenPGP
    93 alternatives to RetroShare 

    RetroShare is a open source cross-platform, private and secure decentralized communication system. It lets you to securely chat, share photos, videos, and more, using OpenPGP to authenticate peers and .

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    1.  DecentralizedRetroShare is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Privacy focusedRetroShare is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  End-to-End EncryptionRetroShare has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    4.  GPG EncryptionRetroShare supports GPG (aka GnuPG) for encryption of things like emails, messages, files, etc.
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    Briar

    • Linux
    • Android
    • F-Droid
    47 alternatives to Briar 

    An open-source decentralized and encrypted messaging app even without internet connection via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Messages are stored securely on your device, not in the cloud. Connect directly with nearby contacts - no Internet access is required.

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    1.  DecentralizedBriar is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  End-to-End EncryptionBriar has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    3.  Works OfflineBriar can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    4.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Briar without registration.
    5.  Dark ModeBriar supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Adium

    72 alternatives to Adium 

    Adium is a free and open source instant messaging application for Mac OS X, written using Mac OS Xs Cocoa API, released under the GNU GPL and developed by the Adium team. Based on the libpurple protocol library, Adium can connect you to any number of messaging accounts on any...

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    Bitmessage

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    45 alternatives to Bitmessage 

    Bitmessage is a P2P communications protocol used to send encrypted messages to another person or to many subscribers. It is decentralized and trustless, meaning that you need-not inherently trust any entities like root certificate authorities.

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