updated: June 02, 2022

Please feel free to leave suggestions, critical notes, etc. via hypothes.is comments (see tab on the right-hand side of the screen) and I’ll make sure to add these to the main text

Table of Contents

  1. BigBlueButton — video alternative for teaching, learning, collaboration in projects, etc.
  2. EduMeet — alternative for video conferencing, collaboration in projects, etc.
  3. Unhangout — open source video/chat alternative focusing on group-based breakout sessions
  4. Misc. Open Source video alternatives for teaching: PeerTube — open source alternative to video streaming platforms such as Youtube, Vimeo
  5. CryptPad — text-based collaboration, alternative to GoogleDocs
  6. Etherpad — text-based collaboration / notetaking
  7. HedgeDoc (formerly HackMD / CodiMD) — Markdown-based collaborative writing / notetaking
  8. ExcaliDraw – open-source collaborative whiteboard tool
  9. Polling/Date finder/Scheduler — open-source alternative to Doodle
  10. Jitsi Meet – User- and/or community-run jitsi instances — video meeting / conferencing alternative to proprietary/commercial solutions such as Zoom

Open Source video alternative for teaching purposes: BigBlueButton

 BigBlueButton has a selection of useful features tailored for those teaching online seminars and classes. Next to that, we’ve also been using it for a variety of conferences, project meetings, etc.:

  • Shared whiteboard (multi-user enabled)
  • Shared notes (via minimalist text editor)
  • Public and private messaging options
  • Session recording support
  • Ability to group users for team collaboration via Breakout rooms
  • Polling options available
  • Screen sharing
  • Provides an API for easy integration on web applications
  • Frontend UI via Greenlight plugin, configurable for your own server.

Documentation:

Community-run instances:

Misc. Open Source video alternatives for teaching

Open Source video conferencing alternative: EduMeet

 Alternative open-source approach to Jitsi Meet and BigBlueButton, based on WebRTC and mediasoup. Supported by GÈANT as part of the European Open Science Cloud scoping efforts, listed in EOSCSynergy.

📃 ➡️ Text file of the server list (2021-12-23, 12 servers): 20211223-edumeet-list-12-servers.txt

Description:

In order to create a complete communication and fully functional solution that can meet the expectations of the scientific and research communities, enhanced functional features were designed, in particular:

  • WebRTC audio/video communication;
  • screen sharing, file sharing and chat feature;
  • federated login, including eduGAIN;
  • speaker detection (microphone analyser with visual indicator);
  • audio and video streams management ;
  • full-screen mode, raise hand option, connection testing;
  • customizable view layout (democratic and filmstrip);
  • high resolution support (tested up to 4K).

France

URL Run by SSL Test Server location
https://edu.colman.it run SSL check! Online S.a.s.

Germany

URL Run by SSL Test Server location
https://meet.win-tek.eu Win-Tek run SSL check! Contabo GmbH
https://befair1.iorestoacasa.work BeFair run SSL check! Hetzner Online GmbH
https://iorestoacasa.operweb.cloud OperWEB by OperNEXT run SSL check! Hetzner Online GmbH

Italy

URL Run by SSL Test Server location
https://mm.cedrc.cnr.it Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Ufficio ICT-SAC run SSL check! Consortium GARR
https://edu.meet.garr.it GARR run SSL check! Consortium GARR
https://mm.rd.unidata.it Unidata run SSL check! UNIDATA S.p.A.
https://iorestoacasa02.cineca.it Cineca run SSL check! Consortium GARR
https://edumeeting.area.fi.cnr.it Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Area di Ricerca di Firenze run SSL check! Consortium GARR

Netherlands

URL Run by SSL Test Server location
https://edumeet.geant.org GÈANT run SSL check! MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK

Norway

URL Run by SSL Test Server location
https://letsmeet.no UNINETT run SSL check! UNINETT AS

Poland

URL Run by SSL Test Server location
https://vc.learn.eosc-synergy.eu EOSCSynergy run SSL check! Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry Polish Academy of Science, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center PSNC

Open Source video / chat alternative: Unhangout (by MIT)

Description: Unhangout is an open source platform for running large-scale, participant-driven events online.

Each event has a landing page, which we call the lobby. When participants arrive, they can see who else is there and chat with each other. Hosts can welcome their community and do introductions in a video window that gets streamed into the lobby. Participants can then join breakouts, which are small group video chats, for in-depth conversations, peer-to-peer learning, and collaboration on projects.


Open Source alternative to video streaming platforms such as Youtube, Vimeo

PeerTube, developed by the good folks at FramaSoft, is a free software that, once installed on a server, generates a video hosting platform. This platform can be federated, to share its video catalog with other PeerTube platforms. It also provides a resilient video broadcasting system, which combines peer-to-peer and traditional streaming.

A list of more than 900 instances that run Peertube can be found at: https://instances.joinpeertube.org/instances


Open Source alternative to GoogleDocs, etc.: CryptPad

official: https://cryptpad.fr/

💡 For more alternatives to Google services, see the excellent DeGoogle list maintained by Josh Moore: https://degoogle.jmoore.dev/, and GitHub repo


Open Source alternative to GoogleDocs for collaborative writing: Etherpad

 … see the Etherpad Lite GitHub Wiki and https://etherpad.org for more details.

➡ make sure to also check the Etherpad Lite list of sites that run Etherpad Lite.


Open Source alternative to GoogleDocs for markdown-based collaborative writing: HackMD/CodiMD, now HedgeDoc


Open source collaborative whiteboard: Excalidraw

Virtual whiteboard for sketching hand-drawn like diagrams

Official: https://excalidraw.com
GitHub: https://github.com/excalidraw/excalidraw
Twitter: @excalidraw


Misc. Open Source Date-Finding / Polling alternatives to Doodle

Framadate

An open-source polling/scheduling tool focusing on privacy, run by French non-profit Framasoft

Source: https://framadate.org


User- and/or community-run jit.si instances

 as decentralized additive approach to lessen the load on https://meet.jit.si/

You can use DNS Lookup, GeoIP Lookup, and KeyCDN Geo Tool to find out more about each server’s location.

✨✨ Official Servers

✨🧰 User- and/or community-run jit.si instances by country

(feel free to add other servers you know of via hypothes.is comments (see commentary feature on the right-hand side)

📃 ➡️ Server list, text file: 2021-12-26, 195 servers

➡️ ➡️ … and the Community Wiki on GitHub

🖥️ ➡️ Jitsi Monitor “… monitors all known public Jitsi Meet instances for ping times and TLS quality”: Guardianproject/JitsiMonitor and JitsiMonitor on GitLab

🌟🖥️ ➡️ Jitsi Meter “… Helping with the decision of which instance of Jitsi to use. An list of public Jitsi Meet instances sorted for ping times and TLS quality in relation to the user’s location: JitsiMeter and JitsiMeter Repo

🖥️ ➡️🖥️ Jitsi Admin – central admin and management interface for Jitsi server setups. Project website and GitHub repo

🌟🌟 special feature: auto-forwarding to a random jitsi-Serverjitsi.random-redirect.de —– How does it work? check out the GitHub repo

📲📲 Next to its native webclient interface, Jitsi Meet is now also available as

Europe

Austria

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easyconference.uibk.ac.at run SSL check! University of Innsbruck
meet.epicenter.works run SSL check! Nessus GmbH
fairmeeting.net run SSL check!
pro.fairmeeting.net run SSL check!
meet.graz.social run SSL check!

Belarus

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meet.naveksoft.com run SSL check! Navek Soft & Mobile Service LTD

Belgium

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jitsi-1.belnet.be run SSL check! BELNET
praatbox.be run SSL check!

Czech Republic

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jitsi.ssps.cz run SSL check! Futruy s.r.o.
meet.vpsfree.cz run SSL check! Master Internet s.r.o.

Finland

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jitsi.riot.im run SSL check! UpCloud Ltd, hosted by New Vector on behalf of the Matrix.org Foundation

France (partly sourced via Framasoft/Framatalk)

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allo.bim.land SSL check ILOTH
blabla.dedidream.com SSL check Online S.a.s.
conf.conf.domainepublic.net SSL check Bouygues Telecom SA
conf.underworld.fr SSL check Bouygues Telecom SA
meet.kbu.freifunk.net run SSL check! Online S.a.s.
suricate.tv run SSL check! Online S.a.s.
jump.chat run SSL check! Online S.a.s.
framatalk.grifon.fr SSL check Association GRIFON
jitsi.cheezecake.ovh SSL check Online S.A.S.
jitsi.hadoly.fr SSL check Grenode
jitsi.hivane.net SSL check Hivane
jitsi.milkywan.fr SSL check MilkyWan
jitsi.nextmap.io SSL check NXT Initiative SAS
jitsi.q2r.net SSL check Online S.a.s.
jitsi.tetaneutral.net SSL check Tetaneutral.net
jitsi.videodulib.re SSL check Tetaneutral.net
meet.artifaille.fr SSL check
meet.digdeo.fr SSL check OVH SAS
meet.evolix.org SSL check Evolix SARL
meet.lenalio.fr SSL check Oceanet Technology SAS
meet.nevers-libre.org SSL check Netrix SAS
meet.tedomum.net SSL check Online S.a.s.
meet.yapbreak.fr SSL check OVH SAS
meeting.rezopole.net SSL check Rezopole A.D.
rendez-vous.renater.fr SSL check Renater
jitsi.debamax.com run SSL check! Online S.a.s.
talk.fdn.fr SSL check Association Gitoyen
talk.ouvaton.coop SSL check Inulogic Sarl
avecvous.linagora.com SSL check
jitsi.laas.fr SSL check
video.devloprog.org SSL check Bouygues Telecom SA
video.omicro.org SSL check OVH SAS
jitsi.komuniki.fr SSL check OVH SAS
visio.lafranceinsoumise.fr SSL check Online S.a.s.
webcall.paulla.asso.fr SSL check Axione S.a.s.
webconf.viviers-fibre.net SSL check OVH SAS
vidconf.tech4good.ch SSL check

special cases (limited access)

Germany

➡️ ➡️ for a subset collected by the folks at Chaos Computer Club, see pads.ccc.de/jitsiliste

URL Non-Google
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meet.ffmuc.net ❌ (only Frontend
no videotraffic
through CF)
run SSL check! CLOUDFLARENET
meet.teamcloud.work SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
besprechung.net SSL check Host Europe GmbH
meet.physnet.uni-hamburg.de SSL check
meet.rexum.space SSL check
meet.in-berlin.de SSL check
meet.jotbe.io SSL check
meet.nerd.re SSL check Contabo GmbH
fi-hel-1.jitsi.rocks SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
fi-hel-2.jitsi.rocks SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
framatalk.org SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
freejitsi01.netcup.net SSL check netcup GmbH
jitsi.amikoop.coop SSL check Contabo GmbH
jitsi.arl.wtf SSL check fux eG
jitsi.debian.social SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
jitsi.dorf-post.de SSL check
jitsi.fem.tu-ilmenau.de SSL check DFN
jitsi.flyingcircus.io SSL check KAMP Netzwerkdienste GmbH
jitsi.freifunk-duesseldorf.de SSL check Freifunk Duesseldorf e.V.
jitsi.hamburg.ccc.de SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
jitsi.hs-anhalt.de SSL check
jitsi.komun.org SSL check Contabo GmbH
jitsi.linux.it SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
jitsi.netways.de SSL check NETWAYS GmbH
jitsi.osna.social SSL check Verein zur Foerderung eines Deutschen Forschungsnetzes e.V.
jitsi.piratenpartei-duesseldorf.de SSL check Contabo GmbH
jitsi.sixtopia.net SSL check Alexej Senderkin
jitsi.uni-kl.de SSL check Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern
jitsi.v3g.de SSL check Liberty Global B.V.
jitsi.zfn.uni-bremen.de SSL check DFN
konferenz.netzbegruenung.de ✅ — 📞 SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
www.kuketz-meet.de SSL check netcup GmbH
meet.adminforge.de SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
meet.alpha.berlin SSL check manitu GmbH
meet.alps.one SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
meet.cybercyber.digital SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
jitsi.stura.htwk-leipzig.de SSL check DFN
meet.darmstadt.social SSL check netcup GmbH
meet.ffrn.de SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
meet.ffbrb.de SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
meet.freifunk-aachen.de SSL check RelAix Networks GmbH
meet.freifunk-rhein-sieg.net SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
meet.golem.de SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
meet.hackerspace-bremen.de SSL check
meet.hasi.it SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
meet.isf.es SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
meet.jugendrecht.org SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
meet.kobschaetzki.de SSL check myLoc managed IT AG
meet.lrz.de SSL check Leibniz-Rechenzentrum
meet.lug-stormarn.de SSL check
meet.meerfarbig.net SSL check meerfarbig GmbH & Co. KG
meet.no42.org SSL check 1&1 Ionos Se
meet.opensuse.org SSL check
meet.piraten-witten.de SSL check netcup GmbH
meet.piratenpartei-sh.de SSL check ISPpro Internet KG
meet.roflcopter.fr SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
meet.rollenspiel.monster SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
meet.scheible.it SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
meet2.scheible.it SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
meet3.scheible.it SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
meet.schnuud.de SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
meet.stura.uni-heidelberg.de SSL check
meet.systemli.org SSL check Digitale Partizipation e.V.
meet.techkids.org SSL check
meet.weimarnetz.de SSL check Foerderverein Freie Netzwerke e.V.
teamjoin.de SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
talk.snopyta.org SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
vc.autistici.org SSL check Hetzner Online GmbH
viko.extinctionrebellion.de SSL check SysEleven GmbH
webmeeting.opensolution.it SSL check DIGITALOCEAN-ASN
virtual.chaosdorf.space SSL check
jitsi.eichstaett.social run SSL check! Severloft GmbH
konferenz.buehl.digital run SSL check!
meet.stuvus.uni-stuttgart.de run SSL check! Universität Stuttgart
jitsi.hs-anhalt.de run SSL check! Hetzner Online GmbH
custom.jitsi.rocks run SSL check! Hetzner Online GmbH
jitsi.php-friends.de run SSL check! PhP-Friends GmbH
meet.studiumdigitale.uni-frankfurt.de run SSL check! Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt am Main
onlinetreff.ash-berlin.eu run SSL check! netcup GmbH
jitsi-meet.online run SSL check! Hetzner Online GmbH
meet.nerd.re run SSL check! Hetzner Online GmbH
meet.bjoernhaendler.de run SSL check! netcup GmbH
jitsi.mpi-bremen.de ✅ – 📞 run SSL check! Verein zur Foerderung eines Deutschen Forschungsnetzes e.V.
meet.rdi.zimt.uni-siegen.de run SSL check! Verein zur Foerderung eines Deutschen Forschungsnetzes e.V.
meet.ur.de run SSL check! Verein zur Foerderung eines Deutschen Forschungsnetzes e.V.
jitsi-01.csn.tu-chemnitz.de run SSL check! Verein zur Foerderung eines Deutschen Forschungsnetzes e.V.
jitsi.folkwang-uni.de run SSL check! Verein zur Foerderung eines Deutschen Forschungsnetzes e.V.
jitsi.hs-nb.de run SSL check! Verein zur Foerderung eines Deutschen Forschungsnetzes e.V.

special cases (limited access, mostly HEI)

Italy

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jitsi.area.fi.cnr.it run SSL check! Consortium GARR
jitsi.cedrc.cnr.it run SSL check! Consortium GARR
iorestoacasa01.cineca.it run SSL check! Consortium GARR
smaug.lixper.it run SSL check! Telecom Italia
iorestoacasa.unicam.it run SSL check! Consortium GARR
meet.a80.it run SSL check! Consortium GARR
balin.siriustec.it run SSL check! Sirius Technology SRL
open.meet.garr.it run SSL check! Consortium GARR

Netherlands

URL Non-Google
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beeldbellen.vc4all.nl run SSL check! Transip B.V.
jitsi.tuxis.net run SSL check!
meet.greenmini.host run SSL check!
meetme.bit.nl run SSL check! BIT BV
calls.disroot.org run SSL check! Serverius Holding B.V.
jitsi.hivos.org run SSL check! WorldStream B.V.
meet.waag.org run SSL check!
jitsi.nluug.nl run SSL check! ProcoliX B.V.
vdc.dyne.org run SSL check!
meet.greenhost.net run SSL check!
meet.domov.de SSL check RouteLabel V.O.F.
meet.speakup.nl run SSL check!
video.linxx.net run SSL check! Hetzner Online GmbH

Portugal

URL Non-Google
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jitsipodcast.linuxtech.pt run SSL check!

Romania

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Russian Federation

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conf.edu-kuban.ru run SSL check!
jitsi.ufanet.ru run SSL check!

Slovenia

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Spain

URL Non-Google
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meet.guifi.net run SSL check! Fundacio Privada per a la Xarxa Lliure, Oberta i Neutral, guifi.net
videoconferencia.valenciatech.com run SSL check! VALENCIATECH – Servicios de Informática con Software Libre – Administración y provisión de servidores GNU/Linux.

Sweden

URL Non-Google
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jitsi.brainmill.com run SSL check! Stiftelsen Chalmers Studenthem
meet.operationtulip.com run SSL check! Bahnhof AB

Switzerland

URL Non-Google
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open.meet.switch.ch run SSL check! SWITCH
meet.securemeet.ch run SSL check!
swiss-meet.hidora.com run SSL check! HIDORA
vidconf.tech4good.ch run SSL check! VTX Services SA
www.free-solutions.org run SSL check! VTX Services SA
swisschat.free-solutions.org run SSL check! VTX Services SA
tel.free-solutions.org run SSL check! VTX Services SA
eelo.free-solutions.org run SSL check! VTX Services SA
noalyss.free-solutions.org run SSL check! VTX Services SA
meet.infomaniak.com run SSL check!
jitsi.math.uzh.ch run SSL check! SWITCH
jitsi.ff3l.net run SSL check! Init7
unibe.meet.switch.ch run SSL check! SWITCH
unifr.meet.switch.ch run SSL check! SWITCH
uzh.meet.switch.ch run SSL check! SWITCH
meet-7.immerda.ch run SSL check!
hosttech.chat run SSL check!
meet.cyon.tools run SSL check!
meet.init7.net run SSL check! Init 7 AG
meet.hostpoint.ch run SSL check! Hostpoint AG
meet.coredump.ch run SSL check! Nine Internet Solutions AG

UK / GB

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South & North America

Argentina

URL Non-Google
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jitsi.unp.edu.ar run SSL check! Red de Interconexion Universitaria
jitsi.uner.edu.ar run SSL check! Universidad Nacional de Entre Rios
jitsi.hostcero.com run SSL check! Servicios y Telecomunicaciones S.A.
jitsi.justiciajujuy.gov.ar run SSL check! Telecom Argentina S.A.

Canada

URL Non-Google
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conference.facil.services run SSL check! OVH SAS
meet-6.immerda.ch run SSL check! KOUMBIT

Chile

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vc.sanclemente.cl run SSL check! ENTEL CHILE S.A.

El Salvador

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jmeet.uca.edu.sv run SSL check! GOOGLE

United States

URL Non-Google
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gruveo.com run SSL check! AMAZON-AES
meet.jit.si run SSL check! AMAZON-02
meet.mayfirst.org run SSL check! HURRICANE
team.video run SSL check! HURRICANE
swrtc.talky.io run SSL check! AMAZON-02
jitsi.member.fsf.org/ run SSL check! Free Software Foundation

Uruguay

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Africa

South Africa

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noumeet.com run SSL check! Teraco Johannesburg

Tunisia

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Asia

India

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Sri Lanka

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meet.gov.lk run SSL check! Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka

Thailand

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vroom.truevirtualworld.com run SSL check!

Some additional bits & pieces …

Jitsi use advice:

  • use chromium / Chrome — for those not wanting to install Google Chrome, you might consider using Iridium or Brave instead.
  • if not really necessary, have most participants use audio-only, in many settings it is not necessary that all people are visible. Turning video off helps safe bandwith

Jitsi setup advice:

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