Ripcord is a desktop chat client for group-centric services like Slack and Discord. It provides a traditional compact desktop interface designed for power users. It's not built on top of web browser technology: it has a small resource footprint, responds quickly to input, and gets out of your way. Shareware is coming back, baby.

Ripcord is developed independently, and is not affiliated with Slack or Discord.


  • Not made from a web browser
  • Tabs
  • Multiple windows
  • Multiple accounts
  • Voice chat (Discord OK, Slack WIP)
  • Graphical emoji and custom emoji
  • Tab completion for user names and emoji
  • Customizable fonts, colors, and sizes
  • Custom bookmark lists for easily accessing only the channels you actually use
  • Variable DPI and multi-monitor support
  • Low CPU and memory usage
  • Zero GPU usage
  • No tracking or analytics
  • No installer or forced updates


  • Screenshot of Ripcord main window with dark theme
  • Screenshot of Ripcord's file manager window for Slack
  • Screenshot of Ripcord main window with light theme



Ripcord Mac 0.4.29 (.zip)
  • Compatible with macOS 10.12 Sierra and later.


Ripcord is shareware. You can try it without paying, but if you use the Slack features, you'll eventually need to pay up.

  • Not a subscription—never expires
  • Includes 1 year of free version upgrades
  • Windows, Mac, and Linux all in a single license
  • Use on as many personal computers as you want
    (as long as you're the only person using it)

Ripcord is developed by one person. Every license purchase goes a long way.

If you don't use Ripcord's Slack features, buying a license is optional.

The alpha/beta development preview phase does not count against the year of free upgrades that comes with a new license. If you a buy license now, the year of free upgrades is extended by the remaining length of the alpha/beta preview phase.

For enterprise or floating site licenses, send me an email. Enterprise licenses come with full source code access and high-priority feature requests. If you just need to buy a few licenses for use in an office, the FastSpring link above allows you to specify a quantity during checkout.

For help with orders and license keys (error during ordering, no license key delivered, mistaken order, lost license key, refund, etc.), or if you need some other type of support for Ripcord, you can send an email to my LLC's official support email address,, or to my personal email address,

You can redistribute and share Ripcord with other people, including through package managers, as long as you follow these shareware redistribution rules.

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How do I prevent Ripcord from checking for updates before I'm able to open the preferences window to disable it?
Set the environment variable RIPCORD_ALLOW_UPDATES=0
Where can I view the license information for the third-party components used in Ripcord?
License information for the third-party libraries used in Ripcord. My thanks to the authors of these libraries for providing them.
Can I add Ripcord to a package manager?
Sure. Just make sure you follow these rules.
Is Ripcord affiliated with Slack or Discord?
Nope. Ripcord is compatible with Slack and Discord, but developed independently, and isn't endorsed by either company.