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Franz 5

One desktop app for (almost) all of your messaging apps

3.9/5
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Franz is your open source messaging app for WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Slack, HipChat, Telegram and many many more.

26 Reviews
 +63 reviews
  • ShimomiAizoJunior UI/UX Designer, Altitude Labs
    Pros: 

    Feels better than other web-app-integration tools I tried before.

    Cons: 

    hmmm sometimes have to refresh manually to force chats to update. (Guess this is a thing with all webapps?)

    Though Franz has been great, Station can still be considered as one of the strongest competitors, but I still think Franz is striking a better balance: what you need is all at your hand and what you may not or don't is just not in sight. Station indeed provides more options (such as keeping multiple Slack accounts online simultaneously) but personally I think they still need to polish the multi-account settings and controls.

    Anyway, Franz has been doing a great job being a relatively light-weighted IM integration tool. WeChat being available alongside other IM services is highly appreciated :D Also, liked the cute loading sentences such as "twisting my mustache" and "playing the trumpet" etc.

    ShimomiAizo has used this product for one year.
  • Marcin JasiukowiczTinkerer obsessed with space.
    Pros: 

    Support for multiple google accounts at the same time.

    Cons: 

    It's just another fancy Chrome instance. Lacks voice support in Discord and doesn't support threads in Hangouts.

    It's working flawlessly with Slack and Facebook Messenger, but It works terribly with Hangouts (lack of threading), and doesn't support audio in Discord. That rendered the app useless for me. I had Chrome, Franz & Discord opened at the same time as opposed to just Chrome & Discord.

    Marcin Jasiukowicz has used this product for one week.
  • Pros: 

    One single place for all my messaging

    Cons: 

    none

    No real cons, but the migration was a bit disappointing. All my logins were gone and I had to re-authenticate with each service, which with 2FA on is quite a hassle. So if Franz 5 Final could keep the previous auth tokens/cookies, it would make the upgrade smoother.

    Andreas Pizsa has used this product for one year.
  • Pros: 

    Interesting and good design. Many apps are available to add.

    Cons: 

    UI tweaks needed and some technical issues still exist. But ignorable

    Need help, I used the app for 1 month and had no problems. But after reinstalling the OS (High Sierra) and the app, I cannot add multiple accounts(channels).

    Omkar_Bhosale has used this product for one month.
  • Kaspar ManzInteractive Storytelling Developer
    Pros: 

    Cleaner design with the services in the sidebar.

    Cons: 

    There might always be that one obscure service missing, but more and more is being added.

    With my friends using all different messengers, Franz is perfect to have all that in one place.

    Kaspar Manz has used this product for one year.
  • rossseHiii :)
    Pros: 

    all in one

    Cons: 

    none

    do you have a night mode?

    rossse has used this product for one week.
  • Pros: 

    Keeps chats in one place

    Cons: 

    One of seemingly thousands of these types of products being released lately

    Another specialized browser

    Nathaniel Blackburn has used this product for one day.
  • Amadeo PellicceCEO & Founder at Warden.co
    Pros: 

    Simplicity, availability of services, Open Source

    Cons: 

    Memory usage

    Discovered Franz the first week it went live and have been a fan and evangelist ever since.

    Amadeo Pellicce has used this product for one year.
  • Pankaj PatelFront End Developer
    Pros: 

    Everything at one place

    Cons: 

    Payment model is confusing

    Payment model is confusing and shows that the system can be used for bitcoin mining as well. The mining option is not a good idea.

    Pankaj Patel has used this product for one year.
  • Pros: 

    Magnificent!

    Cons: 

    However Slack is doesn't working :(

    I was trying to login with my Slack account but only show me a blank page.

    Joe Meza has used this product for one day.
  • Javier FrancoCTO and Inbound Marketeer in Ases Media
    Pros: 

    all in one

    Cons: 

    nothing

    spectacullar, I can´t live without this app

    Javier Franco has used this product for one month.
  • Milan vd Bovenkamp ♠Making technology come alive 🃏
    Pros: 

    great for when you want to get productive in messaging

    so simple, really neatly executed

    just works well

    Cons: 

    just a wrapper, could have more elaborate (or specific) features

    have been using it since the first version

    Milan vd Bovenkamp ♠ has used this product for one year.
  • Pros: 

    using it every day on mac and win platforms. keeps me in sync with the various channels our team is using.

    Cons: 

    a search function across all messaging platforms would be rad

    franz is one of the few apps that made it onto my desktop and that i am recommending to my friends.

    woodmastr has used this product for one year.
  • Jessica LoganLoves science, tech, travel, books
    Pros: 

    Nice simple UI. I've liked Franz for a long time!

    Cons: 

    More apps will help, and I noticed high energy impact on OS X. Using Franz less than my browser but energy use is higher.

    The energy use on an older Macbook Air (2012) is my only real concern. I've been recommending it to friends. Well done!

    Jessica Logan has used this product for one year.
  • Lance ScaddenData Finance / Angel Investor / CFA
    Pros: 

    Great for enterprises using way too many chat apps (which is every one i've worked at)

    Cons: 

    No iMessage

    I can't commit to using one of these until apple opens up imessage, which will likely be never.

    Lance Scadden has never used this product.
  • Pros: 

    A lot of messaging apps in one place

    Cons: 

    No browser extensions

    You won't be able to use browser extensions on these web apps in Franz

    Tony Brix has used this product for one day.
  • Jyoty SubramanianPM_Product-hunter
    Pros: 

    Even works with Whatsapp web without needing to scan everytime

    Cons: 

    Logs me out of GroupMe and FB Messenger apps everytime I close it

    I have been using Franz since a year and find it very useful to co-ordinate multiple communications and chat sessions.

    Jyoty Subramanian has used this product for one year.
  • Pros: 

    Concept to unite all messaging within one app is neat.

    Cons: 

    The look and feel is not what I expected from a real desktop app. This is a webpage in a wrapper.

    The day this is done natively, and follow the HIG for macOS X or design manual for Windows apps.

    Geert-Jan K. Nilsen has used this product for one day.
  • Pros: 

    All in one, collaborative, Open Source

    Cons: 

    Memory Usage

    Recommended by a friend. It's was the best recommendation I've received

    Teban Sierra has used this product for one year.
  • Pros: 

    Easy to use, open source, wonderful support, dedicated Slack channel, tons of services,

    Cons: 

    It takes a lot of memory (same as if you had all the services open in a browser)

    Rambox supports way more services but Franz has a much better UI.

    Gideon White has used this product for one month.