Wire: Privacy Focused Open Source Slack Alternative for Businesses

Brief: ‘Wire’ is an impressive open-source slack alternative. Here, we take a quick look at it.

Wire: An Open Source Slack Alternative

Wire Messaging
‘Wire’ Desktop Client

Since the beginning, Wire marketed itself as the world’s most private messaging app. It offers end to end encryption to text and voice calls, graphics, images, basically every content you share.

Of course, now we have a lot of options to choose from when considering security and privacy for messaging.

But, when it comes to open-source messaging platforms for team collaboration like Slack, we may not have loads of alternatives. Fortunately, Wire comes into the rescue as an open-source messaging platform.

Also, it is worth noting that it wasn’t open-source originally until Q2 2016.

Features of Wire

Wire Screenshot

Wire is available as a desktop client (electron-based) for Linux and can be accessed through the desktop browser as well.

In addition to all that, it supports Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows. Here are some of the key features of Wire:

  • Open-source application
  • Complete encryption for all type of contents
  • No ads, no data gathering, no data sharing
  • Text, voice and video chats
  • Group chats and calls
  • You can choose to log in with your Phone number (which is optional)
  • Sleek, modern interface
  • Protected by strict data laws (Swiss HQ & EU servers)
  • Free (personal) and paid options available.

Wire has some seriously cool features up its sleeve. You can utilize it as just another private messenger with your friends and family.

However, if you want a team to collaborate with all the necessary features, you can go for the paid Pro/Enterprise plans (head to the official pricing page to know about it.)

Installing Wire on Ubuntu/Linux

You can access it through your browser if you want.

If you want o get it installed on your Linux system, you can look it up from your software center. It may not be the latest version, but you might find it listed in your app center.

In either case, you can install it using the .Deb/.AppImage or compressed tar file/source from its official GitHub releases page to make sure you have the latest version.

Wrapping Up

Wire is indeed an interesting messaging platform for personal use and work. Being an open-source solution, it features a modern and sleek UI.

The cross-platform availability and lower pricing for team collaboration in comparison to Slack/Mattermost make it an interesting choice.

What do you think about it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments down below.

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  • Web/desktop chats aren’t synced to phone’s “on purpose”, “for security reasons”. Security reasons my a**. Do it right and stop making excuses. No sync makes the web/desktop app useless.

    The phone app is a joy to use. The GIFs thing is very funny, while obviously not very privacy safe… (so much for “security reasons”…)

  • The thing I don’t get is why It’s always got to be something NEW that I’ve got to convince people to switch to if I want to actually use it. All I’m looking for is something a little more inclusive that doesn’t require a new signup for some new service, and a new download that nobody really wants because they already have something they use for that. I’m currently using signal, and although not perfect, it’s nice to be able to use it as my standard default messaging app on my phone and I can still communicate with people without forcing a “flavor of the week” messaging app on them. Any creative devs out there? THAT’s a project for you.

    • Well Christopher, most apps have their loyal fan base. Take Telegram for example. It’s very popular in some regions but it has minimal base in some other regions where WhatsApp is more popular.

      Point is, you don’t have ditch your favorite app to try something new. Try it, if you like it, suggest it to other people. If not, just remove it. This is what I do :)