LibreSignal • The truly private and Google-Free messenger for Android. (by LibreSignal)

LibreSignal Alternatives

Similar projects and alternatives to LibreSignal
  • Signal-Android

    A private messenger for Android.

  • Signal-Server

    Server supporting the Signal Private Messenger applications on Android, Desktop, and iOS

  • Signal-Desktop

    Signal — Private Messenger for Windows, Mac, and Linux

  • matrix-doc

    Matrix Documentation (including The Spec)

  • 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.

  • synapse

    Synapse: Matrix reference homeserver

  • Telegram-FOSS

    Unofficial, FOSS-friendly fork of the original Telegram client for Android

  • org.signal.Signal

  • signal-back

    Decrypt Signal encrypted backups outside the app

  • libsignal-client

  • axolotl

    A Signal compatible cross plattform client written in Go and Vuejs

  • Signal-Android

    Patches to Signal for Android removing dependencies on closed-source Google Mobile Services and Firebase libraries. In branches whose names include "-FOSS". Uses new "foss" or "gms" flavor dimension: build with "./gradlew assemblePlayFossProdRelease".

  • libsignal-client-node

  • UP-spec

    UnifiedPush Specifications

  • Telegram

    Telegram for Android source

  • matrix-docker-ansible-deploy

    Matrix (An open network for secure, decentralized communication) server setup using Ansible and Docker

  • threema-android

    Threema App for Android.

  • signalbackup-tools

    Tool to work with Signal Backup files.

  • Signal-Android

    Fork from a private messenger for Android with extra options added: full backup and (partial, ony text) xml backup of messages. Restore can happen at any time, not only after a fresh install. Import SMS database. Removed apk expire. Choose between passphrase protection and the Android screenlock. More conversation colors and themes. Choice for the backup location (internal or removable storage). Set the maptype in the place picker. Option to treat view-once media as normal media. Option to ignor

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts. Hence, a higher number means a better alternative or higher similarity.


Posts where LibreSignal has been mentioned. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects - the last one was on 2021-01-18.
  • Signal CEO Moxie Marlinspike explains his vision for the app — and what he sees as the biggest threats to privacy | 2021-01-22
    I can't read this, paywall. Does he mention his hate for alternative Signal clients?
  • Why does Signal require Google Play Store? | 2021-01-20
  • Signal: All communication takes place via tech giants like Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Cloudflare. | 2021-01-20
  • Installing Signal without Google Play? | 2021-01-18
    Is it reliable long term? See, Moxie made libresignal,, which was pretty much the same thing, useless.
  • Signal package for Fedora 33 | 2021-01-17
    It basically boils down to not wanting anybody else using their trademarks, and not wanting anybody else using their servers. Both are somewhat understandable. This was part of the message to LibreSignal, encouraging that project to end.
  • We can do better than Signal | 2021-01-17
    Because the Signal developer firmly opposes federation. | 2021-01-17
    It's not like his motives are secret. He's been straightforward about his stance, however much I disagree with it. | 2021-01-17
    The benefit of running Signal on F-Droid is its secure update mechanism.

    Do you really think a homebrewed self-update mechanism is superior to the battle tested F-Droid?

    Moxie has a complete stranglehold on the Signal system. You are completely at his mercy for all decisions affecting the platform


    The solution is federation, like email has always been.

    There are a couple of ways to solve this problem, which can be used in tandem. We can stop Signal from knowing when we’re talking to each other by using peer-to-peer chats. This has some significant drawbacks, namely that both users have to be online at the same time for their messages to be delivered to each other. You can still fall back to peer-to-server-to-peer when one peer is offline, however. But this isn’t the most important of the two solutions.

    The most important change is federation. Federated services are like email, in that Alice can send an email from to Bob’s address. I should be able to stand up a Signal server, on my own hardware where I am in control of the logs, and communicate freely with other Signal servers, including Open Whisper’s servers. This distributes the security risks across hundreds of operators in many countries with various data extradition laws. This turns what would today be easy for the United States government to break and makes it much, much more difficult. Federation would also open the possibility for bridging the gap with several other open source secure chat platforms to all talk on the same federated network - which would spurn competition and be a great move for users of all chat platforms.

    Moxie forbids you from distributing branded builds of the Signal app, and if you rebrand he forbids you from using the official Open Whisper servers. Because his servers don’t federate, that means that users of Signal forks cannot talk to Signal users. This is a truly genius move. No fork of Signal4 to date has ever gained any traction, and never will, because you can’t talk to any Signal users with them. In fact, there are no third-party applications which can interact with Signal users in any way. Moxie can write as many blog posts which appeal to wispy ideals and “moving ecosystems” as he wants5, but those are all really convenient excuses for an argument which allows him to design systems which serve his own interests

  • Libsignal-client – a Signal protocol implementation in Rust | 2021-01-15
    He does, check this:

    He's very much opposed to other projects using either the name Signal or the servers they provide.

  • Facebook moderating posts about Signal?
    It’s open source but they don’t allow published forks to use their server. For example:
  • WhatsApp says it can't see your shared location; its privacy policy says otherwise | 2021-01-13
    There are functioning third party Telegram apps with e2e. The same cannot be said for Signal, which blacklists your API token if you try distribute your own build of the Signal app. See for example this build of Signal that removes Google tracking: . OpenWhisperSystems told them to go away and thta they'l never work with them
  • Messenger Comparisons – Threema, Signal, Telegram and WhatsApp | 2021-01-12
    I don't think that Signal which is refusing forks or third party clients is any better aligned with the FOSS spirit..

    "You're free to use our source code for whatever you would like but you cannot use our servers" and they also refuse alternative servers or federation.

    So basically you cannot create any fork or alternative client or make any change without their agreement.

    They are very "Apple-like" in a way, "we known what's good for you, so just agree with us and don't try to go outside of what we want".

    They also refuse to be on F-Droid for plainly false arguments. F-Droid offers double security : author signature + reproducible builds yet they keep pretending that you cannot sign apks on F-Droid and force you to download a non-externally verified apk on their website

    Signal in itself is great but the people behind are not reassuring at all I think.

  • Signal Fork with WhatsApp Migration | 2021-01-12
  • Discusión random semanal | 2021-01-11
    Buena acotación, desconozco como funciona android. Pero hubo una pelea por el uso de gcm en los usuarios de signal que termino en la creación de libresignal que actualmente está descontinuado.
  • [Open Source] Signal becomes the top free app on App Store in India, and more countries
    If you had any knowledge of Signal's history, you wouldn't need help to read between the lines of "The ecosystem is moving" as an admission of defeat. This thread might help you. tl;dr: Moxie initially pandered to the security-conscious (opensource) community with the lauded promise of federating, which he did at first, and later backtracked due to the challenges (and/or megalomania, attention whoring or insecurity). Because he couldn't get it for himself, anything federated became the enemy as a result, hence the out of spite blog post.


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