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    Frameless Titlebar for Electron Applications

    Customizable Titlebar for frameless windows built with React


    A lot of people like developing apps with the Electron framework because it's cross platform. On Windows however, Electron applications are often left untouched when it comes to the title bar. In my opinion, the default menu and title bar don't exaclty work well with some stylized applications such as Atom, VS Code or Signal. Apps would look a little more unified if they used a custom stylized menu. This is of course hugely inspired by the GitHub desktop application's menu bar.

    Adding frameless-titlebar to your project

    yarn add frameless-titlebar
    # or 
    npm install frameless-titlebar

    In your electron app.js file:

      // electron browser window set up
      mainWindow = new BrowserWindow({
        width: 1024,
        height: 728,
        // this is important since currently there is no support for scrollable menus
        minWidth: 600, // set a min width!
        minHeight: 300, // and a min height!
        // Remove the window frame from windows applications
        frame: false,
        // Hide the titlebar from MacOS applications while keeping the stop lights
        titleBarStyle: 'hidden', // or 'customButtonsOnHover',

    In your app's root container render method:

    import TitleBar from 'frameless-titlebar';
    import menu from './AppMenu'; // import your menu file
    export default class App extends React.Component {
      render() {
        return (
              /* the rest of your application
              *  all your routes and stuff


    Menu Bar API (Windows)

    // create a reference to the titlebar to access api methods
      ref={r => { this.titleBar = r; }}
    // eg. change menu item's enabled property
    this.titleBar.setKeyById('menuItemId1', 'enabled', false);
    // or access the api methods via menuBar event property
      // menu item list
        // menu item
        click: (item, win, e) => {
          e.menuBar.setKeyById(, 'enabled', !item.enabled);
    Name Params Description
    setKeyById (id : string, key : string, value : any) Set a menu item's key properties using this method
    getKeyById (id : string, key : string) Get the menu item properties for the menu item with the corresponding id. If no key is specified then the function will return the entire menuItem object

    Titlebar properties

    Name Type Platforms Description Default Value
    icon string Windows The App Icon shown on the top left ''
    app string All The app name shown to the left of the menu items on Windows applications. On Mac/Linux this will show in the center of the toolbar if the title property is not set ''
    title string Mac The title shown in the center of mac applications, this will override the app property ''
    menu array All The array of menu items following the Electron Menu Object Documentation/Template. See Supported Menu Item Properties []
    theme object All Theme object to customize Titlebar See Theme

    Supported Menu Item Properties

    Name Type Description
    id (optional) string Must be unique. If defined then it can be used as a reference to this item by the position attribute as well as the setKeyById
    type (optional) oneOf([normal, separator, submenu, checkbox, radio]) Type of supported menu items
    label (optional) string Menu item label
    click (optional) function(menuItem, browserWindow, event) access the menu bar API with event.menuBar.apiMethodName()
    enabled (optional) bool Enables/disables menu item from being clicked on
    visible (optional) bool if false, hides menu item
    sublabel (optional) string Menu item sublabel
    accelerator (optional) string Accelerator string eg CmdOrCtrl+Z, note: as of now will only insert string literal and will not parse for proper OS. See #23
    icon (optional) img The image shown to the left of the menu label
    checked (optional) bool Should only be specified for checkbox or radio type menu items
    submenu (optional) array : [MenuItems] Array of menu items. If submenu is specified, the type: 'submenu' can be omitted.
    before (optional) string Inserts this item before the item with the specified id. If the referenced item doesn't exist the item will be inserted at the end of the menu
    after (optional) string Inserts this item after the item with the specified id. If the referenced item doesn't exist the item will be inserted at the end of the menu

    Unsupported electron menu item properties

    • beforeGroupContaining and afterGroupContaining - order menu items based on implicit groups defined by separators
    • registerAccelerator - handle the registration of accelerators mapped to click functions

    Try the example

    # clone the repository 
    git clone
    # move into the project directory 
    cd frameless-titlebar
    # install module dependancies 
    yarn # or npm install 
    # move into example folder 
    cd ./example
    # install example dependancies 
    yarn # or npm install 
    # to start the application run 
    yarn dev


    See Example Application


    npm i frameless-titlebar-types

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