Nativefier is maintained by YOU. It's reasonably sane to hack on nowadays, it fits the use cases needed by the original author and the current maintainer, so we are not doing any active development.
But it's alive! It at least follows Electron releases with maintenance patches,
and if YOU use it and want to see juicy features & fixes, PR welcome!
Help welcome in particular on our pinned issues,
or any issue / feature that motivates you
Thanks! Take care.
You want to make a native wrapper for WhatsApp Web (or any web page).
Nativefier is a command-line tool to easily create a desktop app for any web site
with minimal configuration. Apps are wrapped by Electron
(which uses Chromium under the hood) in an OS executable (
for use on Windows, macOS and Linux.
I did this because I was tired of having to
alt-tab to my browser and then search
through the numerous open tabs when I was using Facebook Messenger or
Whatsapp Web (HN thread). Nativefier features:
- Automatically retrieval of app icon / name.
- Many more, see the API docs or
- macOS 10.9+ / Windows / Linux
>= 10and npm
- Optional dependencies:
Then, install Nativefier globally with
npm install -g nativefier
To create a native desktop app for medium.com,
Nativefier will try to determine the app name, and well as lots of other options.
If desired, these options can be overwritten. For example, to override the name,
nativefier --name 'My Medium App' 'medium.com'
Read the API documentation or run
to learn about other command-line flags usable to configure the packaged app.
To have high-resolution icons used by default for an app/domain, please contribute to the icon repository!
Usage with Docker
Nativefier is also usable from Docker.
- Pull the latest stable image from Docker Hub:
docker pull nativefier/nativefier
- ... or build the image yourself:
docker build -t local/nativefier .(in this case, replace
nativefier/in the below examples with
By default, the command
nativefier --help will be executed.
To build e.g. a Gmail nativefier app to a writable local
docker run --rm -v ~/nativefier-apps:/target/ nativefier/nativefier https://mail.google.com/ /target/
You can pass Nativefier flags, and mount volumes to provide local files. For example, to use an icon,
docker run --rm -v ~/my-icons-folder/:/src -v $TARGET-PATH:/target nativefier/nativefier --icon /src/icon.png --name whatsApp -p linux -a x64 https://web.whatsapp.com/ /target/