A list of free and open source front-ends and alternatives to popular services like like Twitter, Instagram, Reddit and YouTube
Here’s a list of free and open source front-ends and alternatives to popular services like Twitter, Instagram, Reddit and YouTube. This list will be updated as soon as more front-ends and alternative services will be available.
NOTE: the list is now available and actively maintained on our GitLab.
1. Nitter – Nitter is a free and open source alternative Twitter front-end focused on privacy.
- All requests go through the backend, client never talks to Twitter
- Unofficial API (no rate limits or developer account required)
- Lightweight ( 60KB vs 784KB from twitter.com )
- RSS feeds
- Mobile support (responsive design)
- AGPLv3 licensed, no proprietary instances permitted
2. Mastodon – Mastodon is a free, open-source social network server based on ActivityPub where users can follow friends and discover new ones. On Mastodon, users can publish anything they want: links, pictures, text, video. All Mastodon servers are interoperable as a federated network
3. Yotter – Allows you to follow and gather all the content from your favorite Twitter and YouTube accounts in a beautiful feed so you can stay up to date without compromising your privacy at all.
4. Misskey – a decentralized microblogging platform born on Earth. Since it exists within the Fediverse (a universe where various social media platforms are organized), it is mutually linked with other social media platforms.
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1. Bibliogram – Bibliogram is a website that takes data from Instagram’s public profile views and puts it into a friendlier page that loads faster, gives downloadable images, eliminates ads, generates RSS feeds, and doesn’t urge you to sign up.
2. Pixelfed – Pixelfed is an image sharing platform, an ethical alternative to centralized platforms like Instagram.
1. Teddit – Teddit is a free and open source alternative Reddit front-end focused on privacy.
- All requests go through the backend, client never talks to Reddit
- Lightweight (teddit frontpage: ~30 HTTP requests with ~270 KB of data downloaded vs. Reddit frontpage: ~190 HTTP requests with ~24 MB)
2. Lemmy – Reddit alternative. Lemmy allows you to subscribe to forums you’re interested in, post links and discussions, then vote, and comment on them. Behind the scenes, it is very different; anyone can easily run a server, and all these servers are federated (think email), and connected to the same universe, called the Fediverse.
3. Lobste.rs – Reddit alternative. Lobsters is a computing-focused community centered around link aggregation and discussion, launched on July 3rd, 2012.
4. Raddle – Reddit alternative. It’s been said Raddle is a community for outsiders, malcontents and wayward dreamers.
5. Aether – Peer-to-peer ephemeral public communities. Open source, self-governing communities with auditable moderation and mod elections
6. Ruqqus – Open source Reddit Alternative
7. SaidIt – Open Source Reddit clone.
8. Libreddit – An alternative private front-end to Reddit
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1. Invidious – Invidious is an alternative front-end to YouTube
- Copylefted libre software (AGPLv3+ licensed)
- Audio-only mode (and no need to keep window open on mobile)
- Lightweight (the homepage is ~4 KB compressed)
- Tools for managing subscriptions:
- Only show unseen videos
- Only show latest (or latest unseen) video from each channel
- Delivers notifications from all subscribed channels
- Automatically redirect homepage to feed
- Import subscriptions from YouTube
- Dark mode
- Embed support
- Set default player options (speed, quality, autoplay, loop)
- Support for Reddit comments in place of YouTube comments
- Import/Export subscriptions, watch history, preferences
- Developer API
- Does not use any of the official YouTube APIs
- No need to create a Google account to save subscriptions
- No ads
- No CoC
- No CLA
- Multilingual (translated into many languages)
3. LBRY – Alternative to YouTube. LBRY is a place where users can find great videos, music, ebooks, and more: imagine a vast digital library that is available on all of your devices. But under the hood, LBRY is many components working together.
4. Odysee – Video platform backed by the creators of LBRY and uses the LBRY blockchain protocol
5. Yotter – Allows you to follow and gather all the content from your favorite Twitter and YouTube accounts in a beautiful feed so you can stay up to date without compromising your privacy at all.
6. PeerTube –
- Vutuv – a business network which is hosted at https://www.vutuv.de. Think of it as a free, fast and secure open-source alternative for LinkedIn or XING
1. Radicle – open-source alternative to GitHub. Peer-to-peer, removes the dependency for a centralized server.