7 Best Free Webinar Software Solutions for 2018

Jazmine Betz
Jazmine Betz  |  October 1, 2018

Webinars are utilized by a variety of professionals, from educators to brand managers.

Webinars connect users to their audiences, be it students or clients, in a powerful way. This is accomplished through a combination of the responsivity and flexibility of a face-to-face interaction, and the convenience of cutting-edge technology. Webinars allow users to instantly tailor their messaging to the individuals watching. And live Q&A sessions after webinars clarify and personalize said messaging in a way that couldn’t be achieved with just a blog post or a vlog.

At its most basic level, webinar software includes video conferencing and audio conferencing capabilities via VoIP or toll numbers. Some webinar products will also offer features such as screen sharing, screen recording, file sharing and integration with other software such as Microsoft PowerPoint.

Most webinar software has an upfront cost or a subscription plan. In response, many users have turned to traditional video conferencing software to meet their needs. Video conferencing software and webinar software are often very similar, but differ in the number of attendees and functionality. This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule, though, and many find the webinar functionality they’re looking for in free video conferencing software as well.

Things to Consider When Searching for a Free Video Conferencing or Webinar Tool:

  • Number of attendees or participants
  • Length of your webinar
  • Desired features or functionality (recording, branding, etc.)
  • Need for scalability

The list we’ve outlined here includes any webinar solution with an available free offering. It should be noted that this does not include products that are only free on a temporary basis, such as limited trial versions for new users. They may only support one user or one project, but they’re truly free offerings. Scaling, however, will often require full investments.

Free Webinar Software

These products alone have well over 3,000 validated user reviews on G2 Crowd as of September 17, 2018 and only represent a small portion of the 30-plus webinar software offerings listed on our platform. Whenever possible, the products are ranked by user satisfaction score.

For each product we provide:

  • An overview
  • Highlighted features
  • Free and paid options details

For products with G2 Crowd verified user reviews, we have included:

  • G2 Crowd star rating
  • Reviews highlighting what users like and dislike
  • User recommendations for these considering the product

Best free webinar software

Here are the seven best free webinar software tools from real user reviews in 2018

Product reviews and G2 Crowd star ratings were updated as of September 17, 2018


1. FreeConferenceCall.com

fccProduct NameFreeConferenceCall.com
G2 Crowd Star Rating4.6 out of 5 stars with 214 reviews

 

 

Overview

FreeConferenceCall.com supports webinars for up to 1,000 attendees. The product also comes with a plethora of features not usually provided by free products including branding and 24-hour customer care.

Free option

  • Available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android

Paid option

  • None

Features

  • Screen sharing
  • International dial-in numbers
  • Recording
  • 24/7 customer care
  • Custom branding
  • Customizeable URL

 2. Zoom

zoomProduct Name: Zoom
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 3,816 reviews

 

 

Overview

Zoom has become synonymous with video conferencing in business, boasting an intuitive design and high ease of use. With its free plan, users can host up to 100 participants for 40 minutes at a time with unlimited one-on-one meetings.

Free option

  • Available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android

Paid option

  • Zoom Webinar: $54.99 per month

Features

  • Simultaneous screen share
  • Active speaker view
  • Join by telephone call-in
  • Co-annotation on shared screen
  • Whiteboarding

3. UberConference

uberconferenceProduct Name: UberConference
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars with 568 reviews

 

 

Overview

UberConference offers straightforward functionality and can host up to 10 attendees with its free package. This is an excellent option if you are looking to host a webinar without video and only with media materials such as PowerPoint or Google Slides.

Free option

  • Available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android

Paid option

  • $10 per line: Up to 100 participants, no audio advertisements, international access

Features

  • Unlimited conferences
  • Screen sharing
  • Document sharing
  • Recording

4. Skype

skypeProduct Name: Skype
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars with 2,871 reviews

 

 

Overview

Skype’s group voice and video call functions allow up to 25 people in a webinar at a time. Given Skype’s popularity, your audience may already have it installed, removing one extra step for both you and your participants.

Free option

  • Available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android

Paid option

  • None

Features

  • File sharing
  • Group chat
  • Screen sharing

5. join.me

join.meProduct Name: join.me
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars with 1,623 reviews

 

 

Overview

join.me serves as an excellent, no-nonsense solution for your conferencing and webinar needs. It boasts a robust mobile app and clean user interface. The free version provides hosting for up to three attendees, making it an ideal choice for small team meetings.

Free option

  • Available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android

Paid option

  • $10 per user per month: Up to five attendees, personal URL, standalone audio, unlimited toll and internet calling
  • $20 per user per month: Up to 50 attendees, 10 video feeds, optional toll-free numbers, user management, unlimited audio conferencing
  • $30 per user per month: Up to 250 meeting participants, SSO, Salesforce integration

Features

  • Screen sharing
  • Free audio via VoIP

6. Apache OpenMeetings

apache-logoProduct Name: Apache OpenMeetings
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

 

 

Overview

Apache OpenMeetings offers a surprising amount of unique functionality for a free product, including a moderation system and user management. The software is open source, and its community is dedicated to offering support to new users via an active forum.  

Free option

  • Available for Windows and Mac

Paid option

  • None

Features

  • Recording
  • File explorer
  • Moderation system
  • Chat
  • User and room management
  • Private messaging
  • Integrated calender
  • Polls and votes

7. InstaWebinar

instawebProduct Name: InstaWebinar
G2 Crowd Star Rating: N/A

 

 

Overview

InstaWebinar is a completely free webinar solution with unique functionality. It allows up to 100 attendees with no restrictions on duration.

Free option

  • Available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android

Paid option

  • None

Features

  • PowerPoint and webcam sharing
  • Generates name and email lists of attendees

Next steps for selecting a best free webinar software

When choosing which webinar software solution is best for you, consider how many people you are expecting to host at a given time. Also keep in mind the additional functionality you will need to make your webinar the most effective for your specific use case.  

Having trouble starting your webinar project? Check out our guide on how to plan a webinar.

* Please note: Reviews may have been edited for spelling and grammar.

Jazmine Betz
Author

Jazmine Betz

Jazmine is a Research Specialist focusing on content management and collaboration software at G2 Crowd. She earned her Bachelor’s in psychology from the frozen tundra of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She enjoys running games of Dungeons and Dragons and spending too much time playing DotA 2.