Elegant Facebook Messenger desktop app
Caprine is an unofficial and privacy-focused Facebook Messenger app with many useful features.
- Dark theme
- Vibrant theme*
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Menu bar mode*
- Work Chat support
- Code blocks
- Touch Bar support
- Custom styles
- Disable autoplay for videos
- Silent auto-updates
- Custom text size
- Emoji style setting
- Respects Do Not Disturb*
macOS 10.10+, Linux, and Windows 7+ are supported (64-bit only).
Download the latest version on the website or below.
Or with Homebrew-Cask:
$ brew cask 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.
Hide Names and Avatars
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
Mute desktop notifications
You can quickly disable receiving notifications from the
File menu or the Dock on macOS.
Hide notification message preview
You can toggle the
Show Message Preview in Notification setting in the
Prevents link tracking
Links that you click on will not be tracked by Facebook.
Jump to conversation hotkey
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
Always on Top
You can toggle whether Caprine stays on top of other windows in the
View menu or with Command/Control Shift t.
Image paste confirmation
Confirmation before sending images from the clipboard, to prevent accidental copy-pastes.
Work Chat support
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.
Quick access to conversations from the Dock menu (macOS only)
Touch Bar support (macOS only)
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|
|Focus text input||Command/Control i|
|Search in conversation||Command/Control f|
|Mute conversation||Command/Control Shift m|
|Archive conversation||Command/Control Shift a|
|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.
Can I contribute localizations?
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.
- The Essential Windows Apps for 2018 - Lifehacker
- Caprine review: Customize Facebook Messenger on Windows 10 - Windows Central
Caprine is a third-party app and is not affiliated with Facebook.