I am looking for a messenger program that:

  1. Is End-to-end encrypted
  2. Is Libre (FLOSS) - given Snowden's revelations it would be naive to trust E2E without the source code
  3. Has loads of cute emoticons - This is a requirement for user acceptance (Yes it really is!)
  4. Runs on Microsoft Windows

It would be nice if it worked without a central server (similar to https://ricochet.im/).

"Loads of cute emoticons" is a bit hard to quantify, but apparently Skype qualifies for that point. (But Skype fails on point 2).

A few examples that do not qualify:

  • IRC with OTR (fails on 3)
  • Skype (fails on 2)
  • Facebook Messenger (fails on 2)
  • Ricochet.im (fails on 3 - unless there is some add-on I do not know)

In the answer please include a link to the source code and a link to a screen shot of "cute emoticons".

  • Um, doesn't 4 contradict 1 and 2? Just saying ;)
    – Izzy
    Apr 13, 2020 at 15:14
  • 1
    Ricochet.im runs on Microsoft Windows. Ricochet.im is end-to-end encrypted and libre software. So Ricochet.im provides 1,2, and 4 (+ the serverless bonus).
    – Ole Tange
    Apr 13, 2020 at 16:14
  • @OleTange I was rather pointing at Windows not being open-source and MS siphoning off data ("telemetry" etc) and controlling your PC – so E2E doesn't help much with the spy sitting on (at least) one end.
    – Izzy
    Apr 13, 2020 at 21:14
  • @Izzy Just because we are all going to die anyway, it does not mean we might as well commit suicide.
    – Ole Tange
    Apr 13, 2020 at 23:17
  • Certainly not (but neither we need picnic on the graveyard) :D Sorry that I could not resist the note – and I hope I didn't offend! Shall I remove this chain of comments?
    – Izzy
    Apr 14, 2020 at 7:02

3 Answers 3


Try using https://ricochet.im/. It actually does meet 3, because of these interesting bits of Unicode called emojis. On Windows 10, you can pick emojis by pressing Win+., There are more than 3K of them, so hopefully that qualifies as "loads".

(Sorry, this should be a comment, but I don't have enough rep.)


I would suggest using an Emoji App + Riot, or any other FOSS chat app.

PS: If you are so concerned about privacy I would switch to Linux. It is just as easy to use as windows, and it has a better support community. I would recommend Majaro Linux's KDE Plasma Edition (that's what I use)

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that You still can't turn spyware off in Windows. So never mind your chats being recorded, Microsoft's Spyware records your whole life!

  • We unfortunately have one killer application that does not run on GNU/Linux.
    – Ole Tange
    Apr 23, 2020 at 21:01
  • @OleTange That stinks. What is it? Apr 23, 2020 at 21:11
  • Locally developed software from a national company.
    – Ole Tange
    Apr 23, 2020 at 22:02
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    Have you tried wine?
    – easrng
    Apr 25, 2020 at 2:25

We experienced trouble adding people on Ricochet.im and qTox.

We are currently testing Riot.im. Given @Perhaps-you-see-this-name input on Win+. it may be OK.

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