Standalone executable desktop app in nodewebkit



  • https://github.com/nwjs/nw.js/

    http://nwjs.io/

    Nodewebkit as it stands today is a like a spew of code without documentation or direction. I have no clear understand what it can do and what it was meant to do. All the tutes about it are so out dated, because the latest version of nodewebkit is like a village ravaged by a tornado. Open its gzip file and a spew of file will get sputtered and there is no documentation. It is written as if it was the purpose of your like and as if you will understand it when you see it as it was the purpose of your life in the first place. Totally shitty documentation.

    Can it make an executable which i can distribute to others as a standalone app?
    In a manner that the end users just have to double click the executable and the app runs. No need to install anything or any other ceremony. I think this is the whole purpose of Nodewebkit, but no one explains how this can be done. Not even the creators of node webkit.

    Please help. I have spent a lot of time with it without making any progress what so ever.

    What should i do to make a double click and run app in nodewebkit, which does not require any installation or other bs from the end user.



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  • But isn't that what node-webkit solves? Using node to access native APIs while giving the web experience?



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  • Fair enough. Well, if it gives comparable performance, and it allows you to access native system calls and APIs, then a person who's comfortable with HTML/CSS/JS would happily want to go in for it. Although I'm yet to see NW being polished enough, as the OP points out.



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  • @slarkx Check out electron, its backed by Github and has a great documentation. Slack and Atom are built on top of it



  • Man I forgot all about electron.



  • @cj5 You save the day!
    I owe you one!

    Btw, have you used electron? I have a couple of queries.



  • @cj5 what is atom.asar and is it required to be a part of every distribution?



  • @slarkx Yes, I have used it. We actually shifted from node webkit to electron since the node webkit wasn't in active development.

    atom.asar contains the electron modules and must be included in the distribution



  • @cj5 I am struggling with getting to run bootstrap slider in electron. Kindly have a look at : http://stackoverflow.com/questions/32414344/how-do-i-use-bootstrap-slider-in-electron

    Kindly advice.