Is there any video chat app that works on Windows and Linux and has an always-on-top / pop out video window like Skype?

Bonus points if it's open-source and/or allows self-hosting.


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You can try Ekiga. It's an open-source SoftPhone, video conferencing and instant messenger software. It runs on windows and linux. I believe you can host with it, but I've never done it. It should be explained in the Manual.
To make it always on top with windows, I use AutoHotkey. There are some good explanations in this HowToGeek article.


Jitsi meet. You can always make the browser window on top. It is open source.


As far as I remember, TrueConf allows self-hosting. It is not open-source. They have a separate server and clients for many platforms including Linux. I remember TrueConf company as an experts in video conferencing. I met their representatives on one exhibit.


Try Google Hangouts.

Download it as Application OR Use it as extension in the browser(Only in Chrome)

  • Please post a screenshot showing its always-on-top / pop out video window, which is a requirement.
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Sep 29, 2016 at 5:38

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