Caprine is a feature complete, open source, elegant Facebook Messenger desktop app.


Dark mode

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 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.

Hide notification message preview

You can toggle the Show Message Preview in Notification setting in the Caprine/File menu.

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 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 Command/Control Shift t.

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.


  • Dark theme
  • Vibrant theme*
  • Privacy-focused
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Menu bar mode*
  • Work Chat support
  • Code blocks
  • Touch Bar support
  • Custom styles
  • Disable autoplay for videos
  • Cross-platform
  • Silent auto-updates
  • Custom text size
  • Emoji style setting
  • Respects Do Not Disturb*

*macOS only

What's New

  • Fix notifications workaround by @stkrknds in #2051