Unigram VS signal-back

Compare Unigram vs signal-back and see what are their differences.


Decrypt Signal encrypted backups outside the app (by xeals)
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Unigram signal-back
4 17
1,786 513
3.6% -
9.7 0.0
1 day ago about 2 years ago
C Go
GNU General Public License v3.0 only Apache License 2.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Unigram. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-05-09.


Posts with mentions or reviews of signal-back. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-04-16.
  • Is a "backup and restore" from a PC to a phone possible?
    1 project | reddit.com/r/signal | 19 Oct 2021
    I have no idea if this works, so please report back if you try it: https://github.com/xeals/signal-back
  • Help restoring backup after loading new ROM
    1 project | reddit.com/r/signal | 20 Sep 2021
    Installed singal-back to check the file could be decrypted with out a phone, all seems fine...
  • Esportare chat Signal
    1 project | reddit.com/r/ItalyInformatica | 4 Jul 2021
    Ciao, potresti dare un'occhiata a signal-back.
  • Can you guys resynch the information on the phone when paired to desktop? Phone being the latest message?
    1 project | reddit.com/r/signal | 2 Jun 2021
    Signal-back is this project: https://github.com/xeals/signal-back
  • Signals response to Grand jury subpoena for user data
    1 project | reddit.com/r/privacytoolsIO | 29 Apr 2021
    On Android if you enable backups, then copy the backup file to a PC (you don't need root for this, it just stores it in a directory you select) you can read those backups using the passphrase you set up and this tool: https://github.com/xeals/signal-back
  • Corrupt Signal DB issue crashing App and losing data
    4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 16 Apr 2021
  • Is xeals/signal-back safe to use?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/signal | 27 Mar 2021
    I just want to read a .backup (created on Android) of my signal messages and found a tool that purports to do that. If I use it on my computer, am I rendering the content vulnerable to remote access?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/signal | 27 Mar 2021
    Unfortunately, it's not. That tool was last updated on 12/17/2018 and hasn't been compatible with Signal's database format since at least 4/19/2019. I'd classify it as abandonware.
  • Signal Desktop is corrupting its database
    10 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 28 Feb 2021
    Report suggest there's some beta/stable mismatching going on.

    While Signal's greatest strength is its privacy features I think that at some point they are going to have to meet their customers/prospects/users' other needs.

    The biggest one being the availability of chat history anywhere, anytime at their own risk if needed.

    We won't educate people to use messaging app in the way we want them to (for privacy sensible conversations only) because the vast majority don't use messaging app like that.

    It's either give up on that idea or heavily advertise that Signal is not a Whatsapp/Telegram/Viber/Messenger/Whatever replacement: it's a tool to use when you want to have private conversations.

    Maybe it'd be better to leave the Signal messaging app lives its life and allows a third party chat history viewer to emerge. You can already export your encrypted backup to a readable CSV file. https://github.com/xeals/signal-back

    Point in case: mom complained the other day that Signal Desktop took some time to launch because it was “syncing things”. I told here that this syncing from her phone to the computer is the proof her messages only exist in the application. Desktop or smartphone, that's why it needs to sync, facebook and others don't work like that (I grossly simplified).

    note: Thread with comments like is how I remember HN is now a site with a huge audience.

  • How to back up SMS?
    1 project | reddit.com/r/signal | 19 Feb 2021
    Thanks. Just checked using https://github.com/xeals/signal-back and indeed the SMS are backed up as well. So, all is well. (Although I would have still preferred Signal to just leave the SMS in the unencrypted phone storage, because now it's hard or impossible to switch the SMS app back to something else)

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Unigram and signal-back you can also consider the following projects:

mollyim-android - A fork of Signal for Android with passphrase lock

TelegramSwift - Source code of Telegram for macos on Swift 5.0

Signal-Desktop - Signal — Private Messenger for Windows, Mac, and Linux

Signal-iOS - A private messenger for iOS.

Signal-Android - Fork from the JohanW fork of Signal, a private messenger for Android. It adds the option to import Whatsapp conversations. The purpose of this fork is to make the transition to Signal easier. It was created out of a personal need and might not be supported or extended in the long run.

signalbackup-tools - Tool to work with Signal Backup files.