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Nativefier Next

A forked version of nativefier, compatible with WebCatalog.

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You want to make a native wrapper for WhatsApp Web (or any web page).

$ nativefier


You're done.

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Nativefier is a command line tool that allows you to easily create a desktop application for any web site with succinct and minimal configuration. Apps are wrapped by Electron in an OS executable (.app, .exe, etc.) for use on Windows, macOS and Linux.

I did this because I was tired of having to ⌘-tab or alt-tab to my browser and then search through the numerous open tabs when I was using Facebook Messenger or Whatsapp Web.

View the changelog here.

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  • Automatically retrieves the correct icon and app name
  • Javascript and CSS injection


With Node.js >=4 installed (4.x LTS is tested/recommended),

# for use from the command line
$ npm install nativefier-next -g

See optional dependencies for more.


Creating a native desktop app for

$ nativefier-next ""

Nativefier will intelligently attempt to determine the app name, your OS and processor architecture, among other options. If desired, the app name or other options can be overwritten by specifying the --name "Medium" as part of the command line options, as such.

$ nativefier-next --name "Medium" ""

Read the API documentation for other command line flags and options that can be used to configure the packaged app.

If you would like high resoulution icons to be used, please contribute to the icon repository!

For Windows Users: Take note that the application menu is automatically hidden by default, you can press alt on your keyboard to access it.

For Linux Users: Do not put spaces if you define the app name yourself with --name, as this will cause problems (tested on Ubuntu 14.04) when pinning a packaged app to the launcher.

Optional Dependencies

Icon Conversion for macOS

To support conversion of a .png or .ico into a .icns for a packaged macOS app icon (currently only supported on macOS), you need the following dependencies.


You need XCode installed.


Make sure convert and identify are in your $PATH.

How It Works

A template app with the appropriate event listeners and callbacks set up is included in the ./app folder. When the nativefier-next command is executed, this folder is copied to a temporary directory with the appropriate parameters in a configuration file, and is packaged into an app with Electron Packager.

API Documentation

See API.


See Changelog.


See Development.