what-is-jitsi-diagram

The world’s best video conferences are built on Jitsi.

Jitsi is a set of open-source projects that allows you to easily build and deploy secure videoconferencing solutions. At the heart of Jitsi are Jitsi Videobridge and Jitsi Meet, which let you have conferences on the internet, while other projects in the community enable other features such as audio, dial-in, recording, and simulcasting.

Jitsi started life as a way to talk to people over the internet using audio and video. Over the course of a decade, though, it’s become so much more. Today, Jitsi is:

A vibrant developer community.

First and foremost, Jitsi is a community of developers that are pushing the envelope of video conferencing quality on the web. Come join us!

The foundation of some really amazing products.

HipChat is built on Jitsi. So is Highfive. In fact, our community members have developed countless projects and products that started with Jitsi code. Check ‘em out!

A crazy-good, completely free video conferencing solution that anyone can use.

Jitsi is a favorite videoconferencing solution for anyone with privacy concerns, journalists, for example. There’s a reason so many people use Jitsi Meet as a Skype alternative for video conferencing. Try it out and download it for free.

Features:

  • Unlike other videoconferencing technologies, Jitsi Videobridge, the heart of Jitsi, passes everyone’s video and audio to all participants, rather than mixing them first.
  • The result is lower latency, better quality and, if you are running your own service, a much more scalable and inexpensive solution.
  • Jitsi is compatible with WebRTC, the open standard for Web communication.
  • Jitsi supports advanced video routing concepts such as simulcast, bandwidth estimations, scalable video coding and many others.
  • Jitsi is written in Java and some native code.

The history of Jitsi, in brief

2015

Atlassian acquires Blue Jimp, making a long-term investment in keeping Jitsi open source, community-based, and pushing the envelope of great video conferences.

2014

Using a prototype from Philipp Hancke as a basis, the Jitsi community starts the Jitsi Meet project: a Web Conferencing application that rivals Hangouts and Skype.

2013

Jitsi’s video routing capabilities are extracted in a separate server application and Jitsi Videobridge is born. Later this year Jitsi Videobridge adds support for ICE and DTLS/SRTP, thus becoming compatible with WebRTC clients. This is a first step to its importance in today’s WebRTC ecosystem.

2012

Jitsi adds video conferencing capabilities based on the concept of routing video streams. The client of the conference organizer acts as a video router.

2011

SIP Communicator is renamed Jitsi (from the Bulgarian “жици”, or “wires”), since it now also supports audio and video over XMMP’s Jingle extensions and it would be silly to still call it SIP Communicator.

2009

Emil Ivov founds the Blue Jimp company, which employs some of Jitsi’s main contributors. They offer professional support and development services.

2007

We get our own Wikipedia entry. Look out, world.

200x

JsPhone departs from the JAIN SIP reference implementation project, and becomes a separate project on java.net. It’s renamed SIP Communicator, since it mostly made audio/video calls through the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).

2005

SIP communicator is completely rearchitected, adopting a new OSGi based design to make it easier to write plugins for the project.

2003

Emil Ivov, a student at the University of Strasbourg, France, creates JsPhone. He also teaches salsa and West Coast swing.