Snikket Hosting

Your own messaging service in the cloud

Snikket is a fully open-source personal messaging server that allows groups of people such as family, friends, clubs and organisations to have their own private communication space.

You can run a Snikket service yourself on your own server, VPS or even a low-power device such as a Raspberry Pi.

We can also run your Snikket service for you. It’s a great option if you’re just looking for a more privacy-friendly alternative to mainstream messengers such as Facebook, WhatsApp or Telegram, without the learning curve required to run your own server. You can always migrate your data at any time.

Features

  • Private messaging service for your family, friends or organisation.
  • No ads, no data mining. Your data is your data.
  • Secure. Messages and data are encrypted to modern security standards.
  • Fully open-source, no surprises. We trust our software, and so can you.

Availability

Snikket Hosting is currently in beta. If you’re interested trying the service, send us an email to hosting@snikket.org!

Frequently asked questions

How much does the service cost?

During the beta period there is no charge for the service, however donations are welcome.

Once we launch publicly we will be charging a reasonable monthly fee per Snikket instance that you choose to host with us (your Snikket instance can support a group of users). The pricing is not yet final, but we will provide a range of instance sizes to choose from (e.g. small, medium, large), each with a fixed price and user limits. The cost of each plan will average to less than 2 EUR/month per user.

If you join during the free beta period you will have at least 2 months notice before we enable billing on your account.

Will there be a free service?

No. Although there are many “free” online communication options available, in reality it always costs money to run a service. Free services are either not sustainable or they generate money in hidden ways, such as exploiting your personal data. We do not do those things, and choose to simply charge an honest price for the service we offer.

You will always have the option to migrate to a self-hosted instance if you prefer.

Where is the service located?

The current service is hosted in Germany. We may make other regions available in the future if there is demand.

We also run media relay servers in certain other geographic regions (e.g. North America) to improve audio and video call latency for people in those locations.

What if my question is not here?

Please check out the general Snikket FAQ, or contact us with your question and we’ll be happy to help!