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Elegant Facebook Messenger desktop app

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



*macOS only


macOS 10.10+, Linux, and Windows 7+ are supported (64-bit only).

Download the latest version on the website or below.


Download the .dmg file.

Or with Homebrew-Cask: $ brew cask install caprine


Download the .AppImage or .deb file.

Arch Linux: pacman -S caprine

Also available as a snap.

The AppImage needs to be made executable after download.


Download the .exe file.

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


Dark mode

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


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


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 Caprine/File menu.

Mute desktop notifications

You can quickly disable receiving notifications from the Caprine/File menu or the Dock on macOS.

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: 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.

Work Chat support

Support for Work Chat: Messenger for Workplace. You can switch to it in the Caprine/File menu.

Code blocks

You can send code blocks by using Markdown syntax.

Background behavior

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)

Custom styles

Advanced users can modify the colors/styles of Caprine. Click the menu item Caprine/FileCaprine SettingsAdvancedCustom Styles and a CSS file will open up in your default editor.

Keyboard shortcuts

Description Keys
New conversation Cmd/Ctrl n
Search conversations Cmd/Ctrl k
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
Insert GIF Cmd/Ctrl g
Insert emoji Cmd/Ctrl e
Insert text Cmd/Ctrl i
Search in conversation Cmd/Ctrl f
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)
Toggle sidebar Cmd/Ctrl Shift s
Switch to Messenger Cmd/Ctrl Shift 1
Switch to Workchat Cmd/Ctrl Shift 2
Preferences Cmd/Ctrl ,

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.


Built with Electron.


$ npm install && npm start


See the electron-builder docs.


$ 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.



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