Alternatives to Online Services

A list of alternatives to online services. 

Personal Cloud Platforms

  • arkOS - Development Ceased. (More Info..)
    • Crowd-funded. Open Source.
  • Sandstorm
    • Sandstorm is an open source platform for personal servers.
    • Sandstorm lets you run your own server and install apps like EtherCalc, GitLab, Wekan, Wave, and more as easily as you'd install apps on your phone.
    • Apps.
    • Uses a model like Docker for installing apps.
  • YunoHost
    • Debian-based distro aiming to make self-hosting accessible to everyone.

One-Click Installer


Mail server (with Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, etc.).


Web Mail UI

  • Kite
  • Mailpile
    • Crowd-funded project. Open source. Looks promising. Will be supported on arkOS.
  • Mailur
    • Webmail client with Gmail-like conversations.



  • Prosody IM XMPP Chat Server
  • Kaiwa browser-based, HTML5-only chat client
  • Rocket Chat Alternative to Slack
  • Let's Chat Self-hosted chat app for small teams
  • Mattermost is an open source, on-prem Slack-alternative
  • Zulip powerful open source group chat runs on your own server







  • This wiki should be used for collecting knowledage.
  • Must have WYSIWYG editing.
  • Should be open source.
  • Realms Wiki
    • Git based wiki written in Python Inspired by Gollum, Ghost, and Dillinger. Basic authentication and registration included.
    • Source Code


Note Taking

  • Alternative to OneNote, Evernote, etc.
  • RedNoteBook
    • Desktop-based, no phone apps.
    • Cross-platform, open source.
  • Good example is Workflowy but it's not open source and can't be self-hosted.
  • LittleOutliner
  • OpenNote
  • MagPie
    • Git-backed Evernote replacement.
    • No longer under active development. More info.
  • Paperwork
    • Source Code
    • OpenSource note-taking & archiving alternative to Evernote, Microsoft OneNote & Google Keep.
    • Demo.


Bookmark Management

  • Bookie
    • Python based replacement
    • Demo
    • No longer active. Demo website is down.
  • Shaarli
    • personal, minimalist, super-fast, no-database delicious clone


Browser-based Document Editing


RSS Reader



  • Alternatives to Instapaper, Readibility, and Pocket.
  • Wallabag.
  • Goose is an Article Fetching service. It's open source.
  • ~~Filo ~~
    • Simple but cute Instapaper clone. Written in Rails.
    • It's open source.
    • No longer active. Demo site is down.


GTD/ToDo software


Cloud Storage

  • Run your own Dropbox server
  • SparkleShare
  • OwnCloud
    • Has apps built on top of it, including Calendar and Contacts.
    • Has sync capabilities.
    • Has lots of apps.
  • Cozy
  • Pydio
  • Camlistore is a different kind of storage.
    • Camlistore is a set of open source formats, protocols, and software for modeling, storing, searching, sharing and synchronizing data in the post-PC era. Data may be files or objects, tweets or 5TB videos, and you can access it via a phone, browser or FUSE filesystem.
    • Camlistore (Content-Addressable Multi-Layer Indexed Storage) is under active development.
  • Tonido
  • Seafile
  • OpenMediaVault is the next generation network attached storage (NAS) solution based on Debian Linux. It contains services like SSH, (S)FTP, SMB/CIFS, DAAP media server, RSync, BitTorrent client and many more. Thanks to the modular design of the framework it can be enhanced via plugins.
    • Very similar to Synology software




Remote Desktop Service




Mind Mapping Software


Design tool




Server Management Dashboard


Web Analytics


VPN Server



Social Network


Password Manager service




Peer-to-Peer Sync


Push Notification


Source Code Management


Personal Assistant


Public Datasets






Android Tablet

  • How to easily share files between tablet and computer.
  • How to access shared folder on home computers from tablet


Linux VPS Hosting


Windows VPS Hosting

Tips on choosing a host

Webmin - Free Control Panel for Linux

Virtualmin - For managing the domains and users

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