Top 23 Privacy Open-Source Projects

  • awesome-selfhosted

    A list of Free Software network services and web applications which can be hosted on your own servers

    Project mention: Top 20 Awesome on Github | | 2024-06-12

    3. Awesome Self-Hosted

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  • Caddy

    Fast and extensible multi-platform HTTP/1-2-3 web server with automatic HTTPS

    Project mention: Ask HN: Is there any software you only made for your own use but nobody else? | | 2024-07-04

    It's a glorified local setup, running in a cloud free tier.

    - Oracle Cloud Free Tier[1] for a Ubuntu VPS (4 ARM cores, 24 GB RAM). Surprisingly pleasant and reliable, given who's offering and for how much ($0). It used to be a FreeBSD VPS on DigitalOcean, until they kept screwing up their FreeBSD support and bricking my machines.

    - Caddy[2] web server with Let's Encrypt certificates, working as reverse proxy.

    - A Go server for HTTP (static files, uploads, maintaining server-sent-event channels).

    - A Python server for the widgets, communicating with the Go server via events exchanged in a socket.

    - Source code edited manually in-place (SSH or SSHFS[3], with Git) and restarted as needed. I know, I know, awful practice. But as I'm the only user, uptime during development is not a concern.

    - Startup is handled by a @reboot cronjob and a bash one liner.

    - Text files for "structured storage" (RSS feed items, authenticated sessions, mapping of uploaded file names).

    As horrible as it might all sound, it has survived ten years and two cloud vendors. Nowadays I might containerize it, or rewrite as one Rust server, but I think I made the right choices at the time.

    8/10 given the unusual requirements.




  • quivr

    Open-source RAG Framework for building GenAI Second Brains 🧠 Build productivity assistant (RAG) ⚡️🤖 Chat with your docs (PDF, CSV, ...) & apps using Langchain, GPT 3.5 / 4 turbo, Private, Anthropic, VertexAI, Ollama, LLMs, Groq that you can share with users ! Efficient retrieval augmented generation framework

    Project mention: Ask HN: I have many PDFs – what is the best local way to leverage AI for search? | | 2024-05-30
  • hosts

    🔒 Consolidating and extending hosts files from several well-curated sources. Optionally pick extensions for porn, social media, and other categories.

    Project mention: Manifest V2 phase-out begins | | 2024-05-31

    Well at least the techie crowd can still use /etc/hosts (or the equivs on Mac/Win) which, if frequently-enough (weekly, biweekly, even monthly is enough) updated with the , seems to "block" ads sufficiently well (no in-page DOM node removals of course, just network-unreachable image/script/iframe/popup URLs).

  • AdGuardHome

    Network-wide ads & trackers blocking DNS server

    Project mention: AdFlush | | 2024-05-29

    Try AdGuardHome.

    I basically have all my devices use it when I am on my network, and when I am off my network, my Wireguard connection (or Tailscale depending...) uses my home DNS server.

  • macOS-Security-and-Privacy-Guide

    Guide to securing and improving privacy on macOS

  • web-check

    🕵️‍♂️ All-in-one OSINT tool for analysing any website

    Project mention: WebCheck: Find out what hackers know about your site | | 2024-07-07

    Web page:

  • InfluxDB

    Power Real-Time Data Analytics at Scale. Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality.

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  • keepassxc

    KeePassXC is a cross-platform community-driven port of the Windows application “Keepass Password Safe”.

    Project mention: Concerns about Passkeys | | 2024-07-19

    > You absolutely should be preventing users from being able to copy a private key!

    Huh? This is dumb. Users should be able to do whatever they want with their private keys. Looks like the post in on point about the push to take away control from the user.

  • ungoogled-chromium

    Google Chromium, sans integration with Google

    Project mention: Google Chrome has a special hidden API accesible only from * | | 2024-07-09
  • Matomo

    Empowering People Ethically with the leading open source alternative to Google Analytics that gives you full control over your data. Matomo lets you easily collect data from websites & apps and visualise this data and extract insights. Privacy is built-in. Liberating Web Analytics. Star us on Github? +1. And we love Pull Requests!

    Project mention: The 50 best open-source alternatives to popular SaaS software | | 2024-07-10

    GitHub: Matomo GitHub Repository

  • Plausible Analytics

    Simple, open source, lightweight (< 1 KB) and privacy-friendly web analytics alternative to Google Analytics.

    Project mention: Plausible Analytics: GDPR Compliance with O Cookie Consent Banner | | 2024-07-08
  • GoAccess

    GoAccess is a real-time web log analyzer and interactive viewer that runs in a terminal in *nix systems or through your browser.

    Project mention: The 50 best open-source alternatives to popular SaaS software | | 2024-07-10

    GitHub: GoAccess GitHub Repository

  • personal-security-checklist

    🔒 A compiled checklist of 300+ tips for protecting digital security and privacy in 2024

    Project mention: The Personal Security Checklist | | 2024-02-21

    Checklists at

  • Leon

    🧠 Leon is your open-source personal assistant.

    Project mention: Jailbreaking RabbitOS: Uncovering secret logs, and GPL violations | | 2024-07-19
  • universal-android-debloater

    Cross-platform GUI written in Rust using ADB to debloat non-rooted android devices. Improve your privacy, the security and battery life of your device.

    Project mention: Debloat non-rooted Android devices | | 2024-03-16
  • optimizer

    The finest Windows Optimizer

    Project mention: My Windows Computer Just Doesn't Feel Like Mine Anymore | | 2024-06-21

    every software that ever updates has options that are subject to change; a user needs to be proactive in knowing whats running. i do agree we shouldnt need a the privacy treadmill, but until we have better consumer laws the treadmill will continue...

    as far as powershell scripts; i cant say i am a fan (i do like the potential targeting of offline machines with something like the mentioned website) - but my favorite to date is still:

  • openvpn-install

    Set up your own OpenVPN server on Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS or Arch Linux. (by angristan)

    Project mention: PiVPN v4.6.0: The End | | 2024-04-06 or if you want to be free from your distro's OpenSSL version: (recommended, just rebuild the container if it becomes outdated)

  • Atlas

    🚀 An open and lightweight modification to Windows, designed to optimize performance, privacy and usability.

    Project mention: Microsoft's Weather app now shows more ads | | 2024-07-10

    It does a bunch of things to minimize Windows’ footprint:

    Mind you, I don’t agree with some of those, like removing Windows Defender and disabling core isolation. I skipped those during setup.

  • awesome-privacy

    Awesome Privacy - A curated list of services and alternatives that respect your privacy because PRIVACY MATTERS.

    Project mention: Why privacy is important, and having "nothing to hide" is irrelevant (2016) | | 2024-07-06
  • FreeTube

    An Open Source YouTube app for privacy

    Project mention: YouTube is A/B testing limiting logged out access to videos | | 2024-06-07

    The only way I view Youtube is through FreeTube (desktop Linux [1]) and NewPipe (Android [2]). I would not be surprised it Google finally killed their access in some way.


  • ente

    Fully open source, End to End Encrypted alternative to Google Photos and Apple Photos

    Project mention: Ente Auth: open-source Authy alternative for 2FA | | 2024-07-05

    We have intentionally opted out of this[1][2] for now, since we did not want to create a dependency on iCloud for backups.

    So if you purchase a new device, you will either have to sign in to Ente Auth again (for E2EE sync), or export your codes from the older device, and import it to the newer device.



  • Cryptomator

    Multi-platform transparent client-side encryption of your files in the cloud

    Project mention: Cryptomator: end-to-end encrypt files in any cloud | | 2024-07-13

    To prevent this from happening, you can use a tool like Cryptomator to automatically encrypt your files before uploading them to the cloud.

  • Gotify

    A simple server for sending and receiving messages in real-time per WebSocket. (Includes a sleek web-ui) (by gotify)

    Project mention: Gotify: A simple server for sending and receiving messages | | 2024-03-12
  • SaaSHub

    SaaSHub - Software Alternatives and Reviews. SaaSHub helps you find the best software and product alternatives

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NOTE: The open source projects on this list are ordered by number of github stars. The number of mentions indicates repo mentiontions in the last 12 Months or since we started tracking (Dec 2020).

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What are some of the best open-source Privacy projects? This list will help you:

Project Stars
1 awesome-selfhosted 187,651
2 Caddy 55,756
3 quivr 34,200
4 hosts 26,173
5 AdGuardHome 23,653
6 macOS-Security-and-Privacy-Guide 21,070
7 web-check 20,824
8 keepassxc 20,183
9 ungoogled-chromium 19,751
10 Matomo 19,358
11 Plausible Analytics 19,136
12 GoAccess 17,842
13 personal-security-checklist 16,309
14 Leon 14,997
15 universal-android-debloater 14,788
16 optimizer 13,093
17 openvpn-install 12,917
18 Atlas 12,601
19 awesome-privacy 12,520
20 FreeTube 12,436
21 ente 12,096
22 Cryptomator 10,990
23 Gotify 10,498

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