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Jitsi, promissing alternative to Skype and Hangouts

If you are looking for an alternative to Skype or Hangouts that is easy to use, Open Source, well maintained, with promising features, focused on privacy, security and with the ability to host most of it, well I strongly recommend Jitsi !

Alternative to Skype or Hangouts
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“Jitsi (formerly SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, AIM/ICQ, Windows Live, Yahoo! and many other useful features” such as:

  • Desktop sharing
  • Audio & Video conference call
  • Call recording
  • Call & OTR encryption

Jitsi is Open Source / Free Software, and is available under the terms of the LGPL.

Already mufti-platforms (Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android,…), several developments is being carried to improve even further its features, such as JitMeet, WebRTC JavaScript Application and even a HTML5 interface is about to start being developed.


You could actually host by yourself the XMPP server and their VideoBridge (For multi-user video conference call bridge). But if you don’t want to do so, you could simply register to their XMPP at and start using it !

They actually presented during the FOSDEM 2014 their Jitsi Videobridge, JitMeet and the other components that they used to build the service.


Also, you could find a recent interview of Emil Evov, CEO of Blue Jimp, the company behind the Jitsi open source VoIP client on Worth to read !

I’ve moved completely to Jitsi for my XMPP and SIP experience and I’m very happy with it. Obvisouly a lot of improvement can be made, but the good news is they are really working on it and at a good speed !

Have you tried this service already? Or do you think you use a better alternative?

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