Caprine – An Unofficial Elegant Facebook Messenger Desktop App

Caprine - An Unofficial Elegant Facebook Messenger Desktop App

There is no doubt Facebook is one of the most popular and dynamic social network platform in the modern Internet era. It has revolutionized technology, social networking, and the future of how we live and interact. With Facebook, We can connect, communicate with one another, instantly share our memories, photos, files and even money to anyone, anywhere in the world. Even though Facebook has its own official messenger, some tech enthusiasts and developers are developing alternative and feature-rich apps to communicate with your buddies. The one we are going to discuss today is Caprine. It is a free, elegant, open source, and unofficial Facebook messenger desktop app built with Electron framework.

Features

Caprine comes with many useful features that you can’t find in the official messenger app. Some of notable features are;

  • Privacy focused. You can hide your last seen and typing indicators.
  • Responsive. The interface adapts when resized to a small size.
  • Desktop notifications.
  • Dark mode.
  • Jump between conversations using hotkeys.
  • Copy/paste image support. It also can prevent the accidental copy-pastes.
  • Prevents link tracking. That means the links that you click on will not be tracked by Facebook.
  • Automatically updates when a new version available.
  • Cross platform. Supports Linux, Mac OS, and Windows.
  • Free, open source.
  • And many.

Caprine – An Unofficial Elegant Facebook Messenger Desktop App

Installing Caprine

Download the latest Caprine installation file from the releases page. The installation file is available as .deb and .AppImage. THe .deb file can be installed using dpkg package manager on any Debian-based systems. If you downloaded .AppImage file, you need to make it as executable before running it.

chmod +x caprine-2.8.0-x86_64.AppImage

Usage

Launch caprine app from your Application launcher or Menu. If you have downloaded .AppImage, go the location where you have downloaded it and launch it as show below.

./caprine-2.8.0-x86_64.AppImage

At first launch, Caprine will prompt whether you like to integrate caprine-x.x.x-xxx_xx.AppImage with your system or not.

If you choose Yes, Caprine launcher will be added to your applications menu and install icons. If you don’t do this you can still launch the application by double-clicking on the AppImage.

You will see the login page. Enter your Facebook username and password and click Continue:

You’re all set now. Start chatting with your contacts.

The interface is exactly same as the official app, so you won’t find any difficulties when using it, even the first time. Just use it as the way you use the official messenger or web app. When closing the window, the app will continue running in the background, in the tray on Linux/Windows. Right-click the tray icon and choose Quit to completely quit the app.

Caprine has all features that you use in the official facebook app. You can attach files, send stickers, emojis, gifs, voice clips, take photos directly from the cam, send likes and a lot more.

Also, you can react (smile, laugh, angry, thumbs up/down etc) to a particular message or an image. To do so, just click on the three dots next to the message or the image, click React button in the pop up window;

and choose the reaction from the list.

Dark mode

You can switch to dark mode by pressing CTRL+d or click Menu -> View -> Dark Mode. To go back to the normal mode, press CTRL+d again.

Hide last seen and typing indicators

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.

Switch between conversations

To switch from one conversation to another, use CTRL+{1…9}. For example, to switch to the 2nd conversation press CTRL+2. To switch to 5th conversation, press CTRL+5 and so on. To go back to the previous conversation, press CTRL+SHIFT+tab and to go to the next conversation, press CTRL+tab.

Desktop notifications

You will get the desktop notifications in the tray icon after closing the chat window.

You can turn it off/on from the Preferences window. To go to Preferences, press, CTRL+, or Menu -> Edit -> Preferences.

Do not forget to click Done to apply the changes made in the Settings window.

Increase/Decrease Text Size

To increase the text size, press CTRL+SHIFT+=. To decrease the text size, press CTRL+-. To reset the text size to default value, press CTRL+0. Also, you can change the text size from Menu -> View.

Keyboard shortcuts

Description Keys
New conversation Ctrl+n
Search conversations Ctrl+f
Toggle “Dark mode” Ctrl+d
Next conversation Ctrl+] or Ctrl+Tab
Previous conversation Ctrl+[ or Ctrl+Shift+Tab
Jump to conversation Ctrl+[19]
Insert GIF Ctrl+g
Insert emoji Ctrl+e
Mute conversation Ctrl+Shift+m
Archive conversation Ctrl+Shift+a
Delete conversation Ctrl+Shift+d
Toggle “Always on Top” Ctrl+Shift+t
Toggle window menu Alt (Windows only)
Toggle sidebar Ctrl+Shift+s
Preferences Ctrl+,

That’s all for now folks. I hope this was useful. More good stuffs to come. Stay tuned.

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