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Zoom is described as 'Cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, events, contact centers, VoIP cloud phones, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and on-site room systems' and is a very popular Video Calling app in the remote work & education category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Zoom for a variety of platforms, including Android, iPhone, iPad, Online / Web-based and Windows. The best alternative is Jitsi Desktop, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Zoom are Jitsi Meet, Discord, Element and Skype.

Zoom alternatives are mainly Video Calling Apps but may also be Group Chat Apps or Encrypted Chat Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Zoom.
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  1. Jitsi Desktop icon

    Jitsi Desktop

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    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.
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    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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    Guest

    Free, open source, much better privacy, and endo-to-end encryption. Does not bow to the whims of the Chinese government.

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    Scrumplex

    Jitsi is better than some commercial offerings

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    ei

    Jitsi Desktop is not an alternative Zoom client. It does not allow the user to join a Zoom meeting with other Zoom users. Listing it as an alternative Zoom client is misleading.

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    insightsmuse

    Google Hangouts is the best chat, event, conference, Zoom Alternative.

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    Guest

    It's not available for linux

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    rosano

    No login or app download necessary, works with any web browser.

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    Guest

    It's free and open source. The interface is extremely good, not like a lot of open source projects. You can also download and run your own instance, and the video is peer to peer thus it can even be run on a cheap VPS.

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  2. Jitsi Meet icon

    Jitsi Meet

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    121 alternatives to Jitsi Meet 

    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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    1.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Jitsi Meet without registration.
    2.  End-to-End EncryptionJitsi Meet has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    3.  Screen SharingYou can use Jitsi Meet to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    4.  Ad-freeJitsi Meet doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    5.  LightweightJitsi Meet consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Almost everyone thinks Jitsi Meet is a great alternative to Zoom.
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    onkoe

    Feels like Zoom but open source, easier to use, and much better UI. I think my grandma could use this just fine if that says anything!

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    Guest

    Open source, isn't proprietary.

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    Goldmaster

    Go with jitsi over zoom, it's more trustworthy and web based. It's also been around longer than zoom.

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    strugkrz

    It's free and open source with no limitations on numbers and time.

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    Guest

    end-to-end encrypted, FOSS, owned by a large company (Atlassian) that I trust

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    Guest

    it just works, no need even to register, just set up your chat and give out the url.

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    Guest

    It's privacy respecting and fast.

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    Discord

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    152 alternatives to Discord 

    Whether you’re part of a school club, a gaming group, a worldwide art community, or just a handful of friends that want to spend time together, Discord makes it easy to talk every day and hang out more often.

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    1.  VoiP CallsDiscord allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    2.  Ad-freeDiscord doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Screen SharingYou can use Discord to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    4.  Text to SpeechDiscord allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    5.  LightweightDiscord consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    6.  Two-factor AuthenticationDiscord supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    7.  Dark ModeDiscord supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Discord vs Zoom opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Discord is a great alternative to Zoom.
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    Henry220

    I think that Discord is much more convenient because It's an awesome tool for long-term communication. You can separate people by role and give them different permission. You can share information that should be only visible for your particular department. And of course an awesome sound and video quality. I think discord one of the best app for communication now

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    Guest

    Has all the options zoom has and doesnt have any the security issues. No need for premium. private calls and rooms can be setup, file sharing, screen sharing, video and audio calls are all available

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    ei

    Discord is not an alternative Zoom client. It does not allow the user to join a Zoom meeting with other Zoom users. Listing it as an alternative Zoom client is misleading.

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    onkoe

    Provides very different functionality. Registration required, knowledge of server management/conversation creation. Some limits are imposed by Discord Nitro as well, making text largely unreadable on 1080p displays.

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    Guest

    Feels less serious and you can make more friends there

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    Guest

    Totally free, it has even increased the voice chat participants due to the pandemic and is easy to use.

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    Guest

    Discord is not a video calling app.

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  4. Element icon

    Element

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    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
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    Collaboration and screen sharing
    Element vs Zoom opinions
    Most users think Element is a great alternative to Zoom.
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    LinuxDoge

    Element is one app that communicates over the Matrix protocol. You can use it via the Tor-Browser, so its as private as possible.

    But for Matrix there are tons of other apps for all operating systems.

    As an Alternative to Zoom, its not just for Videocalls, but a replacement for Discord and Telegram (features) or Signal and Whatsapp (End to End encrypted Chats), while not tracking you, being open source, self-hostable and by that decentralized.

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    RemovedUser

    Better privacy, also free, open-source.

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    Guest

    It's good, but not alternative..

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    Guest

    Riot does not provide video conferencing on its own. The centralized integration server scalar.vector.im allows to embed Jitsi Meet, which is an independent project.

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    Guest

    Unlike Discord and Skype, Matrix is a decentralized, encrypted and more privacy-oriented communications platform. :)

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    1a95f0352dab

    Doesn't do video conferencing (can optionally embed Jitsi Meet). Requires account registration to join chat rooms.

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    Guest

    it's friendly, free and decentralized

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  5. Skype icon

    Skype

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    314 alternatives to Skype 

    Skype is the most popular free voice-over IP and instant messaging service globally. It allows users to text, video and voice call over the internet. Users can also call landlines and mobiles at competitive rates using Skype credit, premium accounts and subscriptions.

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    1.  Screen SharingYou can use Skype to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    2.  VoiP CallsSkype allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    3.  LightweightSkype consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  IFTTT IntegrationYou can connect different services to automatically trigger actions within Skype using IFTTT.
    5.  Live Captions TranslationSkype can add captions to a video call, audio messages or multimedia file and translate them in real time.
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    Skype vs Zoom opinions
    Most users think Skype is a great alternative to Zoom.
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    Skype is not an alternative Zoom client. It does not allow the user to join a Zoom meeting with other Zoom users. Listing it as an alternative Zoom client is misleading.

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    frankiejo

    It is safer and more secure than Zoom.

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    comercial24

    Cross platform, file sharing, simultaneous video conferencing, free. Only need to subscribe or use your MS, Hotmail, Live, Outlook credentials

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    Tiger3000

    Does not perform well. Lot of hick-ups

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    Tox

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    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
    uTox. A Tox client written in C using OS primitives to draw it's interface
    Tox vs Zoom opinions
    Most users think Tox is a great alternative to Zoom.
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    Tox is not an alternative Zoom client. It does not allow the user to join a Zoom meeting with other Zoom users. Listing it as an alternative Zoom client is misleading.

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    Jami

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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.
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    Jami vs Zoom opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Jami is a great alternative to Zoom.
    riveravaldez

    Zoom keeps getting worst and can close any day. Jami instead keeps getting better and as a GPLed software anybody can improve it and develop it. There's no central point of failure. You have E2E encryption and full control over video and audio quality (also JACK is implemented).

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    Guest

    Jami does video chat and also text chat

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    BigBlueButton

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    101 alternatives to BigBlueButton 

    BigBlueButton enables universities and colleges to deliver a high-quality learning experience to remote students.

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    1.  Screen SharingYou can use BigBlueButton to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    2.  Desktop SharingBigBlueButton enables you to share your screen with other people in the same office or working remotely.
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    BigBlueButton vs Zoom opinions
    Almost everyone thinks BigBlueButton is a great alternative to Zoom.
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    LinuxDoge

    BBB is stable and has a lot of good features.

    Everything you need for chatting works, and you can create Group links, joining code, manage user permissions and more.

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    grinapo

    Can handle many participants, works with or without registration, shared screen, slides and whiteboard, conference recording, free and open source.

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    ei

    BigBlueButton is not an alternative Zoom client. It does not allow the user to join a Zoom meeting with other Zoom users. Listing it as an alternative Zoom client is misleading.

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    Guest

    similar features but far more secure

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    UnleavenedEagle

    It's not the best software, but it is the most similar to Zoom.

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    Guest

    All the capacities of Zoom

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    altenativeto

    Has a lot of similar features but better privacy capabilities and a more serious/transparent development

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    Wire

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    259 alternatives to Wire 

    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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    1.  End-to-End EncryptionWire has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  VoiP CallsWire allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    3.  Screen SharingYou can use Wire to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    4.  Privacy focusedWire is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    5.  Multiple Account supportWire support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
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    Wire vs Zoom opinions
    Most users think Wire is a great alternative to Zoom.
    altenativeto

    more secure. also an messenger

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    Rocket.Chat

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    131 alternatives to Rocket.Chat 

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

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    1.  Ad-freeRocket.Chat doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsRocket.Chat can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  Screen SharingYou can use Rocket.Chat to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
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    Rocket.Chat vs Zoom opinions
    Most users think Rocket.Chat is a great alternative to Zoom.
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    Rocket.Chat is not an alternative Zoom client. It does not allow the user to join a Zoom meeting with other Zoom users. Listing it as an alternative Zoom client is misleading.

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