Caprine is an unofficial and privacy-focused Facebook Messenger app with many useful features.
Caprine is feature complete. However, we welcome contributions for improvements and bug fixes.
macOS 10.10+, Linux, and Windows 7+ are supported (64-bit only).
Download the latest version on the website or below.
Or with Homebrew:
$ brew install caprine
pacman -S caprine
Also available as a snap.
The AppImage needs to be made executable after download.
For taskbar notification badges to work on Windows 10, you'll need to enable them in Taskbar Settings.
You can toggle dark mode in the
View menu or with Command d / Control d.
You can prevent others from looking at who you're chatting with by enabling the “Hide Names and Avatars” feature in the “View” menu or with Command/Control Shift n.
On macOS, you can toggle the window vibrancy effect in the
You can choose to prevent people from knowing when you have seen a message and when you are currently typing. These settings are available under the
You can quickly disable receiving notifications from the
File menu or the Dock on macOS.
You can toggle the
Show Message Preview in Notification setting in the
Links that you click on will not be tracked by Facebook.
You can switch conversations similar to how you switch browser tabs: Command/Control n (where
The interface adapts when resized to a small size.
Desktop notifications can be turned on in
You can toggle whether Caprine stays on top of other windows in the
View menu or with Command/Control Shift t.
Support for Work Chat: Messenger for Workplace. You can switch to it in the
You can send code blocks by using Markdown syntax.
When closing the window, the app will by default continue running in the background, in the dock on macOS and the tray on Linux/Windows. Right-click the dock/tray icon and choose
Quit to completely quit the app. On macOS, click the dock icon to show the window. On Linux, right-click the tray icon and choose
Toggle to toggle the window. On Windows, click the tray icon to toggle the window.
Note that you can change the behavior of Caprine so that the app closes when the window is closed. For this, you'll need to go to the settings and click on
Quit on Window Close.
Users can select supported languages from
Spell Checker Language.
macOS detects the language automatically.
Advanced users can modify the colors/styles of Caprine. Click the menu item
Caprine Settings →
Custom Styles and a CSS file will open up in your default editor.
You can enable
Show Menu Bar Icon in the
Caprine Preferences menu to have a Caprine icon in the menu bar. The icon will indicate when you have unread notifications and you can click it to toggle the Caprine window. You can also toggle the Caprine window with the global shortcut Command Shift y.
You can also remove Caprine from the Dock and task switcher by clicking
Hide Dock Icon menu item from the menu bar icon. There will then no longer be any menus for the window, but you can access those from the
Menu item in the menu bar icon menu.
|New conversation||Command/Control n|
|Search conversations||Command/Control k|
|Toggle "Dark mode"||Command/Control d|
|Hide Names and Avatars||Command/Control Shift n|
|Next conversation||Command/Control ] or Control Tab|
|Previous conversation||Command/Control [ or Control Shift Tab|
|Jump to conversation||Command/Control 1…9|
|Insert GIF||Command/Control g|
|Insert sticker||Command/Control s|
|Insert emoji||Command/Control e|
|Attach files||Command/Control t|
|Focus text input||Command/Control i|
|Search in conversation||Command/Control f|
|Mute conversation||Command/Control Shift m|
|Hide conversation||Command/Control Shift h|
|Delete conversation||Command/Control Shift d|
|Toggle "Always on Top"||Command/Control Shift t|
|Toggle window menu||Alt (Windows/Linux only)|
|Toggle main window||Command Shift y (macOS only)|
|Toggle sidebar||Command/Control Shift s|
|Switch to Messenger||Command/Control Shift 1|
|Switch to Workchat||Command/Control Shift 2|
On macOS, you can change these in the System Preferences and you can even add your own keyboard shortcuts for menu items without a predefined keyboard shortcut.
The main app interface is already localized by Facebook. The app menus are not localized, and we're not interested in localizing those.
Built with Electron.
$ npm install && npm start
$ npm run release
Then edit the automatically created GitHub Releases draft and publish.
Caprine is a third-party app and is not affiliated with Facebook.