Comparison of cross-platform instant messaging clients

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The landscape for instant messaging involves cross-platform instant messaging clients that can handle one or multiple protocols.[1] The following table compares general and technical information for cross-platform instant messaging clients in active development, each of which have their own wikipedia page that provide further information.

Clients[edit]

Client Developer First public release Monthly active users Registration requirement License Operating system E2EE 2-user chat E2EE group chat File transfer Voice recording Client Voice chat Video chat Read receipts Editing sent messages Deleting sent messages Custom

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Stickers Self-destructing messages Screenshot protection Themes / skins Plugins Peer-to-peer text chat Open source servers Federated servers Client
Windows macOS Linux Web Android iOS
DeltaChat Delta Chat contributors August 14, 2018; 17 months ago (2018-08-14) Any email account GPLv3 Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes DeltaChat No No Yes No No No No No Partial Yes No No Yes Yes DeltaChat
Discord Discord Inc. March 6, 2015; 4 years ago (2015-03-06) 250 million (2019)[2] Email Proprietary Freeware Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Discord Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No No No Discord
eBuddy Paulo Taylor March 9, 2003; 16 years ago (2003-03-09) Phone number Proprietary Freeware No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes eBuddy Yes Yes Yes No Partial No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No eBuddy
Facebook Messenger Facebook, Inc. August 9, 2011; 8 years ago (2011-08-09) 1300 million (2019)[3] Facebook account / Phone number Proprietary Freeware Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Optional No Yes Yes Facebook Messenger Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No Facebook Messenger
FireChat Open Garden March 2014; 5 years ago (2014-03) Email Proprietary Freeware No No No No Yes Yes Optional Yes Yes Yes FireChat Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No No Yes No Optional Yes Yes FireChat
Gadu-Gadu Łukasz Foltyn / GG Network S.A. August 15, 2000; 19 years ago (2000-08-15) Proprietary Freeware Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Gadu-Gadu Yes No No No No Gadu-Gadu
Gajim Yann Le Boulanger May 21, 2004; 15 years ago (2004-05-21) GPL Yes No Yes No No No Optional Plug-in Yes No Gajim Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Gajim
ICQ Mail.Ru November 1996; 23 years ago (1996-11) Phone number Apache license Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No ICQ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No ICQ
Jami Savoir-faire Linux Inc. 2014; 6 years ago (2014) N/A GPLv3 Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes[4] No groupchat Yes Yes Jami Yes Yes No No Partial No No No No Yes No Yes N/A N/A Jami
Jitsi Emil Ivov 2003; 17 years ago (2003) LGPL Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Optional Yes Yes Jitsi Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Jitsi
Kadu Kadu Team August 2001; 18 years ago (2001-08) GPLv2 Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No Kadu Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Kadu
KakaoTalk Kakao Corp. March 18, 2010; 9 years ago (2010-03-18) 49 million (2018)[5] Proprietary Freeware Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Optional Optional Yes KakaoTalk No No No No KakaoTalk
Kik Messenger Medialab October 2010; 9 years ago (2010-10) 15 million (2017)[6] Email Proprietary Freemium adware No No No No Yes Yes No No Yes Kik Messenger Yes Yes No No No Kik Messenger
Line LINE Corporation 2011; 9 years ago (2011) 203 million (2018)[7] Phone number Proprietary Freemium Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Partial Yes[8] Yes Yes Line Yes Yes Yes No Partial No Yes No No Yes Yes No No No Line
MCabber Mikael Berthe June 7, 2005; 14 years ago (2005-06-07) GPL No Yes Yes No No No No No No No MCabber No No No No MCabber
Messages Apple Inc. July 25, 2012; 7 years ago (2012-07-25) Part of macOS and iOS No Yes No No No Yes Optional Optional Yes Messages Yes Yes No No No No No No N/A N/A Messages
Palringo Palringo Ltd 2006; 14 years ago (2006) Proprietary Freemium No No No No Yes Yes No No No No Palringo Yes No No Yes No No No Palringo
Paltalk AVM Software, Inc June 1998; 21 years ago (1998-06) Proprietary Freeware No No No No Yes Yes No No Yes Paltalk Yes Yes No Yes No No No Paltalk
Pidgin Mark Spencer November 1998; 21 years ago (1998-11) GPL Yes Yes Yes No No No Optional No No Pidgin Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Optional Yes Yes Pidgin
Psi Psi and Psi+ developers 2001; 19 years ago (2001) GPL Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No Psi Partial Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes No Psi
RetroShare Cyril Soler, Gioacchino Mazzurco 2006; 14 years ago (2006) GPL Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes RetroShare No Yes N/A N/A RetroShare
Ricochet Invisible.im June 2014; 5 years ago (2014-06) BSD Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Ricochet No Yes N/A N/A Ricochet
Riot.im New Vector Limited July 2016; 3 years ago (2016-07) N/A Apache License Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Optional Optional Yes No Riot.im Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Riot.im
Sicher SHAPE GmbH June 2014; 5 years ago (2014-06) Proprietary Freeware No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Sicher No Yes No No No Sicher
Signal Signal Messenger July 2014; 5 years ago (2014-07) Phone number GPLv3 Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Signal Yes Yes Yes No Partial No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Signal
Silent Phone Silent Circle January 16, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-01-16) Proprietary commercial software No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes[9] Yes Silent Phone No Yes Yes No No No Silent Phone
Skype Skype Technologies, a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation 2003; 17 years ago (2003) 300 million (2018)[10] Proprietary Freemium adware Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Optional No Yes Yes Skype Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No Skype
Slack Slack Technologies August 2013; 6 years ago (2013-08) Email Proprietary Freemium Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Slack Yes Yes Yes No No No Slack
Snapchat Snap Inc. November 2011; 8 years ago (2011-11) 294 million (2019)[11] Email / Phone number Proprietary Freeware No No No No Yes Yes No No No Yes Snapchat Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No Snapchat
Surespot Surespot LLC 2013; 7 years ago (2013) GPLv3 No No No No Yes Yes Yes No groupchat Yes Yes Surespot Yes No No No Yes No No No No Surespot
Telegram Telegram Messenger LLP 2013; 7 years ago (2013) 200 million (2019)[12] Phone number GPLv2, GPLv3[13] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Optional No Yes Yes Telegram Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Telegram
Tencent QQ Tencent Holdings February 1999; 20 years ago (1999-02) 823 million (2019)[14] Proprietary Adware Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Tencent QQ Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Tencent QQ
Threema Threema GmbH December 2012; 7 years ago (2012-12) Proprietary commercial software No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Threema No No No No No Threema
Trillian Cerulean Studios July 1, 2000; 19 years ago (2000-07-01) Proprietary Freemium adware Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Partial Trillian Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Trillian
Viber Rakuten Viber December 2, 2010; 9 years ago (2010-12-02) 260 million (2019)[15] Phone number Proprietary Freemium Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Optional Optional Yes Yes Viber Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Viber
WeChat Tencent Holdings Limited January 21, 2011; 9 years ago (2011-01-21) 1112 million (2019)[16] Phone number/QQ number Proprietary Freeware No No No No Yes Yes No No Yes WeChat No No No No WeChat
WhatsApp WhatsApp Inc., a subsidiary of Facebook January 2009; 11 years ago (2009-01) 1600 million (2019)[17] Phone number Proprietary Freeware Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes WhatsApp Yes Yes Yes No Partial No Yes No No No No No No No WhatsApp
Wickr Wickr Inc. June 2012; 7 years ago (2012-06) N/A Proprietary Trialware Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Wickr Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No No Wickr
Wire Wire Swiss GmbH December 3, 2014; 5 years ago (2014-12-03) Email / Phone number GPLv3 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Wire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes[18] No No No No Yes[19] No Wire
Client Developer First public release Monthly active users Registration requirement License Windows macOS Linux Web Android iOS E2EE 2-user chat E2EE group chat File transfer Voice recording Client Voice chat Video chat Read receipts Editing sent messages Deleting sent messages Custom

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Stickers Self-destructing messages Screenshot protection Themes / skins Plugins Peer-to-peer text chat Open source servers Federated servers Client
Operating system


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References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Instant Messaging". The top 6 best Instant Message client apps on any platform. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Most popular messaging apps 2019 - Statista". Statista.
  3. ^ "Most popular messaging apps 2019 - Statista". Statista.
  4. ^ "About Ring". Savoir-faire Linux Inc. Retrieved 8 December 2017. Your communications will be encrypted without any exception with the most advanced current techniques (see our page dedicated to security). Ring stores your secrets (private key for encryption and identity) only on the machine that runs it.
  5. ^ "Most popular messaging apps 2018 - Statista". Statista.
  6. ^ Ponciano, Jonathan. "Billion-Dollar Kik Taps $125 Million Token Offering To Energize User Base".
  7. ^ "Most popular messaging apps 2018 - Statista". Statista.
  8. ^ Shin, Ki Bin (11 August 2016). "The next step for even safer messaging: Letter Sealing". Line Corporation. Archived from the original on 2 October 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Silent Phone 6.0 is Here!". Silent Circle. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Most popular messaging apps 2018 - Statista". Statista.
  11. ^ "Most popular messaging apps 2019 - Statista". Statista.
  12. ^ "Most popular messaging apps 2019 - Statista". Statista.
  13. ^ "Telegram license info". Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Most popular messaging apps 2019 - Statista". Statista.
  15. ^ "Most popular messaging apps 2019 - Statista". Statista.
  16. ^ "Most popular messaging apps 2019 - Statista". Statista.
  17. ^ "Most popular messaging apps 2019 - Statista". Statista.
  18. ^ "Safe and tidy with Timed Messages". Wire Swiss. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  19. ^ "Wire server code now 100% open source – the journey continues". Medium. Wire Swiss GmbH. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2017.