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List of top Open Source alternatives to popular products.

fayaz profile image Fayaz Ahmed Updated on ・2 min read

So I am collecting new and amazing tools for a directory app I am making, v2 of Appydev.

I found out there are some great alternatives to some very popular products. Here's a list of some interesting things people pay for.

Although, the title say's don't pay, most of these OSS projects are made by independent developers on their free time, consider donating them on github sponsors or opencollective etc.

Shopify

  1. WooCommerce
  2. Magento
  3. Prestashop

Slack/Microsoft Teams

  1. Rocketchat
  2. Wire

Firebase

  1. Appwrite

ngRok

  1. Localtunnel

Postman

  1. Insomnia
  2. Postwoman

Sendgrid, Mailchimp

  1. Mail For Good

Bitly

  1. Polr
  2. Zero Width Shortner

Google analytics

  1. Fathom
  2. Matomo
  3. Plausible
  4. Ackee

Github/Bitbucket

  1. Gitlab

Intercom/Livechat

  1. Chatwoot
  2. Chaskiq

Salesforce

  1. Odoo
  2. SuiteCRM
  3. Crust CRM

Trello/Asana

  1. Wekan
  2. Taiga
  3. Kanboard

Zapier

  1. n8n
  2. Huginn

Algolia

  1. MeiliSearch
  2. Elastic Search

Typeform

  1. Oh My Form
  2. Super Easy Forms

Filmora/Adobe Audition

  1. Audacity

MS Office/Google Doc

  1. Open Office.
  2. Libre Office

Lastpass

  1. Bitwarden

Google maps

  1. Openstreet maps - (Leaflet.js wrapper)

Google Chrome

  1. Brave
  2. Firefox

Google Drive/Dropbox

  1. NextCloud

Wix

  1. Grapejs

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Simon Aronsson

Great list! However, money needs to come from somewhere. It's unsustainable to expect great technology to just be free.

If you use any of these projects, consider also supporting them on opencollective.com, GitHub Sponsors, ko-fi.com, or patreon.com - wherever they might accept donations or support. Every dollar makes a difference!

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Jordi Cabot

Fully agree. Even if a certain user cannot contribute to the open source project with a monetary donation, there are many different ways to contribute to open source projects, e.g. by publicizing it so that it reachers others that can help with the funding

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Fayaz Ahmed Author

Yes totally agree, Not paying to these awesome people who make these open source tools and Projects was not my motive, instead the other way around.

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Fayaz Ahmed Author

Agreed, the title might be misleading.

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Fayaz Ahmed Author

Added a small note about this. Thanks.

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miguel michelson

Hey Fayaz, Chaskiq.io founder here. Thanks for the mention, greatly appreciated.

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Fayaz Ahmed Author

Thanks for making it

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Fayaz Ahmed Author

I had some questions, would you mind answering them?

I am available on t.me/fayazara or twitter.com/fayazara

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miguel michelson

sure, just drop me a line at Chaskiq.io chat :D or send me a DM at twitter @michelson / @chaskiqapp

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Pacharapol Withayasakpunt

Firebase is a series of products...

What's a safe alternative to Firebase Auth / Google Auth, or do you collect Oauth2 client ID / secrets, by yourself?

Firebase Auth is a guaranteed way to work with Google OAuth2, BTW. I have problem with getting permission from Facebook and Twitter...

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Fayaz Ahmed Author

Auth0 & Okta are good alternatives. Or you could directly implement oAuth 2.0 client authentication with respective sdk's

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Pacharapol Withayasakpunt

Not sure if Auth0 is better or cheaper than Firebase Auth. Actually, I moved from Auth0 to Firebase Auth.

MongoDB Stitch also have an Auth.

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Fayaz Ahmed Author

Why not handle the authentication yourself? I did it recently with Nuxt + Node + Mongodb + Google sign in

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Pacharapol Withayasakpunt

I still need some kind of Object / Image storage, though. But I don't think I should use MongoDB Atlas's 500 MB of GridFS...

That's why I come to Firebase Auth + Firebase Storage.

I use Google Cloud for hosting BTW, not AWS.

Nuxt Auth Module might be nice, but still I fear security and not being able to track...

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Fayaz Ahmed Author

Honestly, Mongodb atlas free tier is good for small apps.

If you do need image storage, you could probably use imgur or imgbb

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Pacharapol Withayasakpunt

Still looks complicated, but I will consider...

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Corentin Bettiol

Openoffice is nearly dead, I would not use it :/

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Fayaz Ahmed Author

Just an alternative, would definitely add something if you know anything similar.

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Corentin Bettiol

All kde applications have a great UI and are easy to use :)

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Fayaz Ahmed Author

Adding this

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Ali Aljowaher

Take a look at WPS office

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Vincenzo Buttazzo

There is also owncloud.org/ as alternative for Google Drive/Dropbox.

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Matthieu Cneude

And Nextcloud!

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Fayaz Ahmed Author

Nextcould is already added

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Ben Sinclair

And Syncthing for a different approach.

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Pacharapol Withayasakpunt

Trying to see if I can find a Cloudflare alternative, possibly FOSS.

Can I really trust Cloudflare, BTW?

Another downside of Open Source and Free, is sometimes they don't provide hosting / support. And self-hosting, especially VPS, does cost something.

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Fayaz Ahmed Author

You mean the CDN?

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Pacharapol Withayasakpunt

Proxying, and security shield.

Asset loading performance comes after that. But in the end, it also matters.

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Garret

Why would you not trust cloudflare?

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Alex Brindley

Probably worth noting that not all open-source is a good alternative to a paid option.

For example magento is historically one of the worst platforms to work in, and definitely not easy for non-dev people. Where as shopify has tools that make it much simpler for average people to get started as well as a whole developer toolkit.

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Fayaz Ahmed Author

Agreed, but I had developers in mind while making this list.

A company I worked for, used magento and handled thousands of orders a month smoothly, I think if you have people in your team who know the stuff they're using, then its not an issue.

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Aditya Rachman Putra

Fof firebase alternative, I've just found out about Supabase recently and it seems decent :)
Haven't tried it yet btw

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Maciej Cieslik

Taiga isn't open source, it just have free tier.

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Maciej Cieslik

Ok, my mistake, sorry

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Peter Saxton

Is anyone interested in open source alternatives to "Sign in with Google/Facebook" buttons.
We are in the process of open sourcing did.app (taking a little while we kept user notes in our source in one big mono repo) but we should get there soon.
Seam's like a key piece of the internet that would be good to open source, and would also be awesome if there was more than one option

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Rémi Lavedrine

For Google Drive/Dropbox, you should add Syncthing which is by far the most efficient solution I found to replace Dropbox or Google Drive.
I actually wrote an article about it as I was so enthusiastic about that software.

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Vinay Hegde

Thoroughly compiled list Fayaz! While apps like Polr, Rocketchat, ElasticSearch, Nextcloud are good free alternatives but there's the effort of hosting, maintaining/debugging & upgrading them.

This would imply only people with the requisite know-how can use them rather than all. Given the complexity of some of those apps, wouldn't that lead people to switch back to paid options?

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Fayaz Ahmed Author

I guess so, but sometimes you need to build something on top of these OSS projects, say a client has a requirement of something like Google Drive for his organization, you dont have to build it from scratch, just build on top of these projects.

I recently read a post by @ben on how someone built a forum/blogging platform on top of dev.to as it is open source. That is a great example actually.

But for individuals, its best to use the free versions of these proprietary software.

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Vinay Hegde

In that use-case, yes OSS projects would help save time & effort.

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Marko Saric

Great list Fayaz and thanks for including Plausible Analytics!

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Paulo

I'd also add ProtonMail and Tutanota as alternatives to gmail

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Lauri Ojansivu

If you mean anonymity related, here more:

fsf.org/campaigns/surveillance

prism-break.org/en/

Also see other campaings at fsf.org/campaigns/

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Elvis Iraguha

I would add httpie a command-line alternative to Postman

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Liyas Thomas

Thanks for featuring Postwoman 🌱✨

GitHubSponsor us

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Ali GOREN

Thank you. I’ll share this in Turkish. Can I? I’ll mention this URL.

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Fayaz Ahmed Author

Sure, please go ahead

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Google Analytics is free and others are paid 🤔 Start paying?

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Fayaz Ahmed Author

Open source, that was the point of this list, people cant take a hint.. I guess I'll have to update the title.

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Daragh Byrne

The picture you chose says "Stop Paying" so I got confused :)

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Matthieu Cneude

A humble suggestion: ActivityWatch, an open source version of RescueTime with privacy.

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Santi Scalzadonna

Thanks Fayaz, great work!!
Just one thing I found outdated, Google Analytics alternatives, the ones that you mentioned are no longer free :(

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Fayaz Ahmed Author

Yes, I need to update this.

You can still host them yourself though.

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Santi Scalzadonna

Yes, that's what I'm planning to do, thanks for your response

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Oluwatobi Owolabi

Great list, you may want to add Mautic as alternaty to MailChimp and Sendgrid although it is more than just email but marketing automation.

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Amritanshu Pandey

I think you should put Gitea (gitea.io/en-us/) as a FOSS alternative to Github/Bitbucket.
It is lightweight, simple and self hosted.

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Shaiju T

AppyDev is useful 😄, Is AppyDev Open Source ?

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Bin

seems it is not open-sourced 😄

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Jing Xue

The link to Polr actually goes to postwoman.

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Simon Daniel Haan Kristensen

You should add Photopea as free alternative to Photoshop! (It's only partially open source, but still such a great alternative, that it should make the cut!)

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Shadow Scientist

Isn't Google Chrome already free?

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Bernard Baker

Awesome list of alternatives.

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Rodolfo Silva

Heroku

1 - CapRover - caprover.com/
2 - Dokku - dokku.viewdocs.io/dokku/
3 - Flynn - flynn.io/

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skoontastic

Fathom is a great alternative to Google Analytics, but it's not open source.