Download Open Source Messaging - Best Software & Apps

  • SplitCam

    5.4.4.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Use your webcam with multiple applications

    7
    203 votes
    • PROS:Means you don't have to close one program and open another using same video source, One webcam can serve mutliple messaging services
    • CONS:Becomes confusing communicating between different IM', Connection and setup can be lengthy
  • Signal Private Messenger

    0.33.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free and open-source private mesenger for personal computers

    -
    No votes yet
    • PROS:Users will not be charged to download and use Signal Private Messenger, There are nearly 40 different languages supported by this software
    • CONS:Video calls may experience lag times or poor image quality, There is currently no variant of this package designed for mobile phones
  • HexChat

    Varies with device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    It is like a free version of XChat for Windows

    -
    No votes yet
    • PROS:It is free fully open source, It has spellcheck SASL proxies and DCC support
    • CONS:The starting GUI is pretty ugly, Chat rooms are not very popular or populated these days
  • Mac Messenger

    3.5.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Open source MSN Messenger client for Mac

    4
    5 votes
    • Win Crypto Chat

      4.5

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Encryption for your IM chats

      -
      No votes yet
      • PROS:Protects IM messages from snooping, Open source
      • CONS:Very complicated to setup
    • aMSN

      0.98.9

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      An open source alternative to MSN Messenger

      8
      22 votes
      • PROS:More features than MSN, Extended customization
      • CONS:Some trouble when opening new chat windows, Known to use up lots of CPU, Webcam feature still a bit unstable, Weak interface
    • Goofy

      3.0.3

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac

      Free open-source Facebook messenger

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      No votes yet
      • PROS:Free and open-source, Clever features
      • CONS:RAM intensive, Little advantage over Facebook's page