I am looking for a free self-hosted alternative to Skype: a video chat server.

I have tried OpenMeetings, but it has too many features, I need something more simple.

I already looked at the Wikipedia article Comparison of web conferencing software, but nothing free was good enough.

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    (Unless it works in the browser) For which operating system(s) does the client have to be available? Which OS on the server? Should users have to register on your server? Any other features? (Support for multi-user video chats? Text chat in addition? File transfers? Desktop sharing?) Does the server need any backend features, like logging, offline messages, user management, …?
    – unor
    Commented Jun 12, 2015 at 23:57
  • The server OS is not relevant, it will be running on a virtual machine on which I can install whatever OS. The client would be better if it si a browser client, otherwise it should run on windows. All the other features are irrelevant, I don't care about registration neither about offline messages or chat. Commented Jun 14, 2015 at 8:11
  • Similar question from 2020: softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/q/73912/1935 Commented Apr 13, 2020 at 16:31

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You can look at SignalRTC, it's a video chat web application (no need to install anyting, no browser plugins), which uses WebRTC and SignalR, works only on Chrome and Firefox, not IE. I didn't check other browser.

No registration, user can enter any name. Now only two users can have video chat, but it's planned multi-user video communication in future.

Disclaimer: I'm developer of this web app and now it's in development process, probably alpha version.

  • Seems interesting. Is the source code available? Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 12:24
  • no, it isn't open source. But application consists from 2 parts: server part is located on one server, and client part is just html file with JavaScript. This html file can be placed on any web server. You can get more info here: kickstarter.com/projects/378959681/signalrtc
    – Alexan
    Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 15:18
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    This really does not meet @user3161330's requirement of being self-hosted.
    – Tom
    Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 22:32
  • client part of application is actually self-hosted
    – Alexan
    Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 0:15

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