Zoom Alternatives

    Zoom is described as 'video communication company that provides remote conferencing services that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration' and is a well-known app in the Remote Work & Education category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Zoom for a variety of platforms, including Online / Web-based, Android, Windows, iPhone and Mac. The best alternative is Jitsi, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Zoom are Jitsi Meet (Freemium, Open Source), Discord (Freemium), Element (Freemium, Open Source) and Skype (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Oct 14, 2021

    1. Jitsi (previously SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator with full encryption that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, ICQ/AIM, Windows Live, Yahoo!, GTalk/Hangouts extensions, as well as OTR, ZRTP, etc.
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      Jitsi vs Zoom opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Jitsi is a great alternative to Zoom.
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      Free, open source, much better privacy, and endo-to-end encryption. Does not bow to the whims of the Chinese government.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

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      It is free and open source and as such avoids exactly the problems which Zoom has. Zoom is proving to be a disaster in many ways. It's privacy policy is a joke, it is not secure, and the company itself does not act in good faith; it lied about having end to end encryption and even made unauthorised use of users' webcams possible. Read about all this in the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/apr/02/zoom-technology-security-coronavirus-video-conferencing
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      altenativeto Has problems with large meetings and no mature moderation functions
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      It's not available for linux
      Negative comment 12 days ago

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      Scrumplex Jitsi is better than some commercial offerings
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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      rosano No login or app download necessary, works with any web browser.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      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.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    2. 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. What else can you do with Jitsi Meet?
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      Almost everyone thinks Jitsi Meet is a great alternative to Zoom.
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      Jitsi works in your browser, no download. It's free & open source and you can choose between using their service or hosting your own server.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      Open Source, no registration needed. Just love it <3
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      strugkrz It's free and open source with no limitations on numbers and time.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

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      Open source, isn't proprietary.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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      end-to-end encrypted, FOSS, owned by a large company (Atlassian) that I trust
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      it just works, no need even to register, just set up your chat and give out the url.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      It's privacy respecting and fast.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      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. Create an invite-only place.
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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
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      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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      Tiger3000 Discord doesn't provide functionality needed for effective video conferencing with clients
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

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      Feels less serious and you can make more friends there
      Positive comment 12 months ago

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      Totally free, it has even increased the voice chat participants due to the pandemic and is easy to use.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Discord is not a video calling app.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      1a95f0352dab Zoom is ad-hoc video conferencing without requiring participants to register. In Discord every participant needs to be registered to the server beforehand which is mostly a chat and voice service for gamers, less a video-conferencing solution.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    3. 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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      Most users think Element is a great alternative to Zoom.
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      Biep Riot is a matrix client, so it implements a much more powerful platform, and doesn't lock in.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      Much more secure, decentralized, free and open source
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      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.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

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      It's good, but not alternative..
      Negative comment 9 months ago

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      RemovedUser Better privacy, also free, open-source.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Unlike Discord and Skype, Matrix is a decentralized, encrypted and more privacy-oriented communications platform. :)
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      1a95f0352dab Doesn't do video conferencing (can optionally embed Jitsi Meet). Requires account registration to join chat rooms.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      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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      Skype vs Zoom opinions
      Most users think Skype is a great alternative to Zoom.
      frankiejo It is safer and more secure than Zoom.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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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
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Tiger3000 Does not perform well. Lot of hick-ups
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    4. Hangouts is a messaging app that lets you send and receive messages, photos and more, and even start free video and voice calls – one to one or with a group!
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      Hangouts vs Zoom opinions
      Most users think Hangouts is a great alternative to Zoom.
      Hangouts is way more social than zoom, feels less serious.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    5. 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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      Most users think Tox is a great alternative to Zoom.
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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. Why Wire?
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      Wire vs Zoom opinions
      Most users think Wire is a great alternative to Zoom.
      altenativeto more secure. also an messenger
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    6. Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement Open Source and cross-platform. Jami gives you a full control over your communications and an unmatched level of privacy.
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      Almost everyone thinks Jami is a great alternative to Zoom.
      Jami does video chat and also text chat
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    7. BigBlueButton enables universities and colleges to deliver a high-quality learning experience to remote students.
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      Almost everyone thinks BigBlueButton is a great alternative to Zoom.
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      xplosionmind It's self hosted and Open Source. In the meanwhile, it has all the capabilities of Zoom
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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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.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      similar features but far more secure
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      UnleavenedEagle It's not the best software, but it is the most similar to Zoom.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      All the capacities of Zoom
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      altenativeto Has a lot of similar features but better privacy capabilities and a more serious/transparent development
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Good alternative for course meetings. Screen sharing works, webcam is usable, too. Maybe not as polished as Zoom, but worked for me very reliably.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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