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An installer for node-webkit.
node-webkit is an app runtime based on Chromium and node.js. For building desktop applications that will run on OSX, Windows and Linux.
All future releases
>= 0.12.0 will be released through
Install locally to your project with:
npm install nodewebkit and then in your
package.json add a script:
Now it will run your local project when you type
If your project is in another folder, add the path to the project
"start": "nodewebkit path/to/app".
You could also call the binary directly with
node_modules/.bin/nodewebkit instead of adding to your
You can also install globally with
npm install nodewebkit -g and then in any project type
nodewebkit to run the project. Installing locally is recommended though as each project can have its own dependent version of node-webkit.
If you want a really quick example try this:
git clone https://github.com/zcbenz/nw-sample-apps && cd nw-sample-apps
npm install nodewebkit
and now you should see a file explorer demo app.
command line options
There are a few (platform-specific) arguments you can pass to the
nodewebkit executable to
customize your node-webkit application:
--mac_plist <path-to-plist-file>: (OS X only) Copies the given file to Info.plist in the app bundle. This lets you do things like change your app's name and point to a different icon.
--mac_icon <path-to-icns-file>: (OS X only) Copies the given .icns file to the Resources/ dir in the app bundle. You will need to point to the file with a custom plist file as well (see
NOTE: These options will keep the copied files in the app bundle for as long as the bundle is
on the filesystem (they're not deleted between app invocations). As a result, they're not
recommended if you installed nodewebkit globally using
-g. Also note that
OS X caches these files,
so you may need to manually clear these cached files during development.
install a specific version of node-webkit
To install a spcific version of node-webkit use npm with the specific version:
npm install firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: This npm package version tracks the version of node-webkit that will be installed, with an additional build number that is used for revisions to the installer. As such
0.9.2-2will both install
email@example.com the latter has newer changes to the installer.
finding the path to the node-webkit binary
If you would like to programmatically retrieve the path to the node-webkit binary use:
var findpath = findpath;var nwpath = ;// nwpath will equal the path to the binary depending on your environment
using a proxy with or without authentication
If you are behind a proxy server you have to set an environment variable
http_proxy with proxy servers url:
node-webkit's code and this installer use the MIT license.