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qTox – An Open Source P2P Instant Messaging and VoIP App

qTox P2P IM and VoIP for Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi

As you probably already know, GNU/Linux has no shortage of VoIP apps. We’ve written on Wire and Discord. And we even compiled a list of The 10 Best Instant Messaging Apps for Linux.

Today, we’ve got a new app to add to our list of instant messaging apps and it goes by the name of qTox.

qTox is a free and open source p2p instant messaging, audio and video calls app and is (apparently) the most feature-rich Tox client. As a powerful Tox client, it follows Tox’s design guidelines while maintaining a uniform UI/UX across all the major platforms.

It is built with privacy as its paramount goal and the team has even made a public statement that user safety is their priority and nothing in the world can change that.

Features in qTox

  • FOSS: qTox is free to download and use. And its source code is available on GitHub
  • Cross-Platform: Enjoy qTox on Windows, OS X, FreeBSD, and Linux
  • Intuitive and clean User Interface without ads
  • Free VoIP service
  • Instant Messaging
  • Video calls and video conferencing
  • Support for 30+ languages
  • Support for Emoticons, ToxMe, and Tox
  • Support for file transfers and image previews
  • Leading-class encryption to guarantee user privacy
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qTox has a couple of other features that you may prefer using compared to those available in Skype for Linux. Especially since updates are being rolled out to the project at a ridiculously slow rate.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Jr. (Dillivine) Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Web designer & developer, technical writer, and programmer.

  • TheOuterLinux

    You can also use qTox to send files between computers or phones. iPhone’s version is called “Antidote,” and I can confirm that it works great. If you are a command line guy, you can use “Toxic,” all be it no voice or video calling. They should try to utilize Hasciicam some how and it then would be possible. It would be great way to “distort” video if anything.

    • Martins Divine Okoi

      It’s interesting how you know the smartphone clients for qTox. I don’t think most people will be down to use a CLI VoIP app when there are so many more convenient GUI apps though.