Wire – encrypted instant messaging client

Wire is a cross-platform, encrypted instant messaging client. It allows users to exchange text, voice, photo, video and music messages. The application also supports group messaging.

Wire is an Electron-based application. Electron allows for the development of desktop GUI applications using front and back end components originally developed for web applications: Node.js runtime for the backend and Chromium for the frontend.

There are packages available for Ubuntu (32 and 64 bit), as well as the option to install via their Debian repository. It’s an experimental build.

Features include:

  • Voice and video calls.
  • Encrypted conference calls with up to 10 people or switch to video for some face-to-face time.
  • High definition group calls in stereo.
  • Share text and photos in a call.
  • Switch between work and personal conversations, and use different profiles for colleagues, business partners, and friends.
  • Guest rooms – allow members of team accounts invite anyone to join a chat.
  • Create chats for specific teams or projects, and involve external partners.
  • Team members can create locked conversations where participants can’t add guests by accident.
  • History backup – take your conversations, images, videos and files with you.
  • Stauts – let people know if you’re available, busy, or away.
  • Secured with end-to-end encryption — text chats, conference calls, files.
  • Multi-device messaging.
  • Verify each conversation partner’s device fingerprints for maximum security.
  • Forward and backward secrecy.
  • Audio filters for voice messages.
  • Username feature – works like Twitter.
  • GIF support.
  • AppImage available – 32 and 64 bit versions are available.
  • Cross-platform support – runs on Linux, macOS, Windows, Androis, iOS, and in a web browser including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera.
  • Internationalization support – Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Turkish, and Ukrainian.

Website: wire.com
Support: GitHub
Developer: Wire Swiss GmbH
License: GNU General Public License v3.0

Wire

Wire is written in TypeScript and JavaScript. Learn TypeScript with our recommended free books and free tutorials. Learn JavaScript with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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