qTox – An Open Source P2P Instant Messaging and VoIP App

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

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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Are you familiar with qTox? Tell us about your experience with it in the comments section and feel free to add your suggestions.

Divine Okoi is a cybersecurity postgrad with a passion for the open-source community. With 700+ articles covering different topics in IT, you can always trust him to inform you about the coolest tech.

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2 thoughts on “qTox – An Open Source P2P Instant Messaging and VoIP App”

  1. Many thanks for this article, Divine!
    I recently installed the latest qTox at a client site to see how well it
    works on internal LAN and over Internet for one of their Managers at home.
    Still playing around…

    However, one issue — unless I’m totally blind! HOW the heck do you
    DELETE a message or multiple messages to a particular user?? It’s quite logical for a user to want to delete a message in the Outbox queue that hasn’t yet been sent since the user is offline.

    If this program can’t do this, I haven’t a clue why TF its sooo popular.

  2. 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.


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