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Caprine

Elegant Facebook Messenger desktop app

Caprine is an unofficial and privacy focused Facebook Messenger app with many useful features.

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Highlights

*macOS only

Install

macOS 10.9+, Linux, and Windows 7+ are supported (64-bit only).

Download the latest version on the website or below.

macOS

Download the .dmg file.

Or with Homebrew-Cask: $ brew cask install caprine

Linux

Download the .AppImage or .deb file.

The AppImage needs to be made executable after download.

Windows

Download the .exe file.

For taskbar notification badges to work on Windows 10, you'll need to enable it in Taskbar Settings.

Features

Dark mode

You can toggle dark mode in the View menu or with Cmd D / Ctrl D.

Vibrancy

On macOS, you can toggle the window vibrancy effect in the View menu.

Hide last seen / typing indicator

You can choose to prevent people from knowing when you've seen a message or are currently typing. Both options are available under the Caprine/File menu.

Jump to conversation hotkey

You can switch conversations similar to how you switch browser tabs: Cmd/Ctrl n (where n is 1 through 9).

Compact mode

The interface adapts when resized to a small size.

Desktop notifications

Desktop notifications can be turned on in Preferences.

Always on Top

You can toggle whether Caprine stays on top of other windows in the Window/View menu or with Cmd/Ctrl Shift t.

Image paste confirmation

Confirmation before sending images from the clipboard, to prevent accidental copy-pastes.

Background behavior

When closing the window, the app will 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.

If you like to have Caprine minimized on startup, open it from the command-line with the --minimize flag.

Keyboard shortcuts

Description Keys
New conversation Cmd/Ctrl n
Search conversations Cmd/Ctrl f
Toggle "Dark mode" Cmd/Ctrl d
Next conversation Cmd/Ctrl ] or Ctrl Tab
Previous conversation Cmd/Ctrl [ or Ctrl Shift Tab
Jump to conversation Cmd/Ctrl 19
Mute conversation Cmd/Ctrl Shift m
Archive conversation Cmd/Ctrl Shift a
Delete conversation Cmd/Ctrl Shift d
Toggle "Always on Top" Cmd/Ctrl Shift t
Toggle window menu Alt (Windows only)

Dev

Built with Electron.

Run

$ npm install && npm start

Build

See the electron-builder docs.

Publish

Use np and for example run:

$ np minor --no-publish

Then edit the automatically created GitHub Releases draft, remove the .pkg file, and publish.

Maintainers

Disclaimer

Caprine is a third-party app and is not affiliated with Facebook.

License

MIT