Open Source Twitter Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Twitter is Gab, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Twitter and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Twitter are Mastodon (Free, Open Source), Minds (Freemium, Open Source), Diaspora (Free, Open Source) and Pixelfed (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 11, 2021

    1. Gab Social is an open source and fully decentralized social network powered by the Gab Platform. It is the new social network of Gab.com. This change was made to further Gab's commitment to its users trust and privacy online.

      Warning

      Gab is less moderated compared to other social networks and could be offensive to some people

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      Gab vs Twitter opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Gab is a great alternative to Twitter.
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      bernieshowalter Free. No commercials. No shadow banning or censorship of Views.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      No corporate censorship. As Big Tech®™? censors and deplatforms more users for the tiniest of infractions, Gab will grow. It has its issues (UI needs improvement, needs a “media” tab like Twitter has). I’ve had my account for two years. Not a single lockout, suspension, or forced deletion of my posts. I’m done with Twitter.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

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      ccesar Have a different feature set: a voting on links system similar to Reddit.
      Top negative comment  almost 3 years ago

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      Gab is NOT a haven for extremists. It's a haven for people like me who want to get away from extremists. There's no censorship of your views and opinions because the CEO doesn't like them and it's totally free of the cancel-culture lobby.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

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      Open to Conservative voices
      Positive comment 9 months ago

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      Gab's Pro Free Speech is better than Twitter's denial of freedom. Alternativeto should remove warning on Gab and place it on Twitter.
      Positive comment 12 months ago

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      Gab is a Free Speech site... not illegal. There's a difference. I'm sad that this site has a Warning label on a great site with great users. Disapppointed in you, alternativeto.net :(
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    2. Mastodon is a decentralized microblogging engine. FEATURES - Free and open-source. - Decentralized, no worries about a single company controlling your communications. - Supports the standardized ActivityPub protocol - Fully interoperable with...
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      Mastodon vs Twitter opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Mastodon is a great alternative to Twitter.
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      mrmbl It's very much like Twitter with a character limit of 500, except there's not *one* website you have to trust, but you can choose the mastodon server ("instance") that you trust and they are linked, so you can follow people from other instances. The instances all have their own rules, so you can pick a place with as few or many rules as you are comfortable with.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      Decentralized social media app that doesn't collect private data, has no advertisements and uses free and open source software. Censorship free due to ability to host your own instances. No recommendation algorithms that contribute to online radicalization. Optimizable and extendable for individual needs due to being open source.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      XanderLeaDaren It’s part of the Fediverse
      Positive comment 9 months ago

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      Lot better than twitter plus lot safer
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Mogster Similar to Twitter but decentralized with no ads, no tracking and open source!
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      Open source, secure, customisable, and managed by people who care about the quality of it's users
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      amenthes Mastodon is similar in a lot of ways, but different in a very important one: people or small groups of people can have their own server. These server then connect to each other in much the same way that email does. Everyone can talk, but you really own your own data.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    3. We are a free and open-source platform to launch your digital brand, social network and mobile app. We are also a social network ourselves. It is a global social network of social networks. Available in either decentralized or centralized options.
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      Minds vs Twitter opinions
      Most users think Minds is a great alternative to Twitter.
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      samclark It'a FB, Twitter and youtube rolled into one.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      MindMunition I can do everything on Minds I can do on Twitter with no censorship!
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      kozumel Got kicked out recently... no reason why, cannot login, password recovery does not work and won't be able to use the same @ if willing to sign up again because it is "already taken". This looks to me like if my account has been stolen in some way a couple of months ago but I am not able to get it back again since help is just not working. Too bad.
      Top negative comment  about 1 month ago

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      thomasfrankenbach some posts are from Minds + Users - to see them you need a Minds + Account, wich is not free.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

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      I have been on Minds.com since the beginning.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      twiinscorpio More of an Alt To Facebook. Great site. 100 times better than facebook.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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      free speech. no censorship. no politcal bullcrap. simple, honest and true. hope they do now become a political social conglomerate under disguised as leftist.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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    4. Diaspora is a federated social networking service, designed to be a more privacy-aware alternative to Facebook . Share what you want, with whom you want.
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      Diaspora vs Twitter opinions
      Some users think Diaspora is a great alternative to Twitter, some don't.
      Diaspora makes great use of hashtags, and has a large user base with many established instances. It also allows a person to have an account there but connect across other platforms like GNUSocial, Friendica and Hubzilla
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      clacke_ Diaspora is a network, not a single service. You can run your own service ("pod"), and still follow users from other pods in the network, and like and comment on their posts.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      not a micro blogging site.
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

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      decentralized and easy to use
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      velnemed Diaspora is a Facebook alternative, it's not Twitter-like
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

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      because you can type what you want and they won't ban you for it!
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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    5. Pixelfed is an image sharing platform with focus on Privacy, Safety and Security, an ethical alternative to centralized platforms like Instagram. Federated, Ad-Free, No algorithms, No 3rd party analytics or tracking. Can run on your own server.
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    6. GNU social is a continuation of the StatusNet project. It is social communication software for both public and private communications. It is widely supported and has a large userbase.
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      GNU social vs Twitter opinions
      Almost everyone thinks GNU social is a great alternative to Twitter.
      godisinthewind It is very similar to twitter, but it is decentralized. In many instances the character count is higher which is nice.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    7. Pleroma is a free, federated social networking server built on open protocols. It is compatible with GNU Social, Mastodon, and many other ActivityPub and OStatus implementations.
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      Pleroma vs Twitter opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Pleroma is a great alternative to Twitter.
      clacke_ Pleroma is part of the OStatus fediverse and the ActivityPub fediverse. Your service is only one out of many, and you can interact with users running SocialHome, Mastodon, Pleroma, PixelFed, PeerTube and other services, and like and comment on their content. If you don't like how your service is run, you can run your own and still be part of the same networks.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      ccesar Interface similar to Twitter, interacts with the Fediverse, better moderation tools than Mastodon.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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    8. A free and open source alternative Twitter front-end focused on privacy. Inspired by the invidio.us project.
      Nitter vs Twitter opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Nitter is a great alternative to Twitter.
      It's a good front-end alternative to Twitter, if you like privacy and such. It's not an alternative _service_ to Twitter, as it still connects to Twitter servers.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    9. Friendica is a distributed social network application. Which allow users to connect with others via their own Friendica server, but may also fully integrate contacts from other platforms including Twitter, diaspora*, Pump.io and StatusNet into their 'newsfeed'.
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      Friendica vs Twitter opinions
      Some users think Friendica is a great alternative to Twitter, some don't.
      clacke_ Friendica is part of the OStatus fediverse, the ActivityPub fediverse and the Diaspora Federation. Your service is only one out of many, and you can interact with users running Diaspora, SocialHome, Mastodon, Pleroma, PixelFed, PeerTube and other services, and like and comment on their content. If you don't like how your service is run, you can run your own and still be part of the same networks.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      skyling Designed after the Facebook-style model, not microblogging
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    10. It's better than email because: - Private messages are end-to-end encrypted, always. - You have to follow somebody to get messages from them, so you won't get spammed.
      Patchwork vs Twitter opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Patchwork is a great alternative to Twitter.
      Patchwork is a decentralized messaging platform where your computer networks have the same topology as your social networks.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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      ktorn Patchwork the p2p social network is actively used and growing fast. The "Patchwork" client is being replaced by newer clients, like patchwork-next.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      borysn89 this is a healthy community space
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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