Franz 5

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

#2 Product of the DayNovember 28, 2017

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

  • ShimomiAizo
    ShimomiAizoFirst Year Grad Student, HCI/d @ IUB

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


    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.
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  • Pros: 

    One single place for all my messaging



    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.
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Stefan Malzner
Stefan MalznerMaker@smalzner · Product Designer
Hey @milann thanks for hunting! ✌️ Product Hunt! After a turbulent journey, I'm super excited to be back with Franz 5. With the help of the amazing Franz community we did a complete rewrite of Franz 5 and added a lot of exciting and shiny new things like the Account synchronization, a Service Marketplace and many many more. This for example allows us things like new services and service updates on a daily basis. Stay tuned as we will add a lot of new features in the upcoming days, weeks and months. 🎉
Reony Tonneyck
Reony Tonneyck@megaroeny · Product Designer & EV Advocate
@milann @smalzner I think I speak for everyone when I say that I thought you were done with this product. Awesome to see you back!
Yuri Moreno
Yuri Moreno@yurimoreno
@smalzner thanks for keeping working on product. Excited to see the new features.
Hadi Farnoud
Hadi Farnoud@hadifarnoud
@milann @smalzner since you have Trello, please add Asana too
Raphaël Chabaud
Raphaël Chabaud@raphael_chabaud
@milann @smalzner I thought the product was slowly dying ! The king is dead, long live the king 🙌
Larry Kokoszka
Larry Kokoszka@larrykokoszka · Founder, Ghost Browser
@milann @smalzner Nice comeback! Congrats on Releasing Version 5!
Milan vd Bovenkamp ♠
Milan vd Bovenkamp ♠Hunter@milann · Making ideas come alive 🚀🚀 🚀
One of my most useful tools on the mac 💻, I always recommend it when I see people struggle with all the web messaging interfaces of social messaging apps. Just open it all at once, and close it when you want to get some work done. In a way, it's a lifehack on it's own ha ha ha! 😅 Except from some visual improvements on the interface, Franz 5, is (finally!) open source. The source code is available on Github under the Apache 2 License. You are more than welcome to file file bugs, create feature requests or support the project in general 👉 Also, Franz 5 offers built in service synchronizations and is coming soon with VPN/Proxy and team management support. Great job @smalzner with shipping awesomeness! Also, during MOVEMBER! What are you asking the community to bring or contribute to this great new release?
Stefan Malzner
Stefan MalznerMaker@smalzner · Product Designer
@milann thanks again for hunting! That is a great question. The most valuable thing right now is our users opinion and their ideas. The community also supports the project in so many amazing ways like translating the app (, Fixing bugs ( or just helping other users ( I'm looking forward to get in touch with you!
Joseph Ayoub
Joseph Ayoub@joseph_ayoub · Just a big kids with cool projects.
One of the 5 apps that opens instantly when I open my mac. This new version is good. Things I would recommend : 1. Notifications tabs are directly on top. 2. a shortcut to select a tab directly (CMD+K to chose the tab you want per example). Other than that. This new design is really cool :)
Stefan Malzner
Stefan MalznerMaker@smalzner · Product Designer
@joseph_ayoub love to hear that! I'm working on a few tab bar customization options like position, size, display labels, ... I like the idea of having a visual tab switcher. Would you mind opening a feature request on Github?
Eugeny Plokhoj
Eugeny Plokhoj@plokhoj · Documents by Readdle
Looks like really solid and helpful solution. However, a lot of services are connected to my Facebook account and I'm not ready to type in my login and password of Facebook account in an unverified piece of UI. It would be great if you can offer some proves that I'm on the real Messenger website and it's not a fishing. I'm okay with experience and I'm ready to try something new only if I'm sure that my data is in safe
Stefan Malzner
Stefan MalznerMaker@smalzner · Product Designer
@plokhoj great point, this is definitely something to improve. However, every Franz recipe (a service integration) that is distributed via the app is reviewed for malicious code before it will be published. The very first service page that is displayed in Franz is _always_ the official page from the recipe config. This check does not apply to any self-installed 3rd party recipe. You can get more information about the Franz recipes here:
Anand Chowdhary
Anand Chowdhary@anandchowdhary · Oswald Labs CEO / Forbes 30 Under 30
@plokhoj @smalzner I do think this is a valid point. If there's any way that the authentication can be done in the browser, and then open Franz when completed, people will feel confident about phishing. I'm not sure if it's even possible or would be considered borderline session highjacking when copying cookies or something.
Alec Kinnear
Alec Kinnear@foliovision · Creative Director at Foliovision
@plokhoj I think you need to to your due diligence on Franz and Stefan before committing to Franz. If you don't trust the software, don't use it. I agree though that at least on the login screens, we should be able to see the full URL.
Anthony Recenello
Anthony Recenello@arecenello · Dating Coach and Head of Wolf & Garden
Does this include iMessage?
@arecenello Franz 'embeds' webapps into a single app. iMessage doesn't have a webapp, so it can't be implemented into Franz.