A installer for node-webkit

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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.



Install locally to your project with: npm install nodewebkit and then in your package.json add a script:

  "scripts": {
    "start": "nodewebkit"

Now it will run your local project when you type npm start.

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 package.json.


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 it's own dependent version of node-webkit.


If you want a really quick example try this:

  1. git clone && cd nw-sample-apps
  2. npm install nodewebkit
  3. node_modules/.bin/nodewebkit file-explorer

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 --mac_list)

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 nodewebkit@0.9.2


node-webkit's code and this installer use the MIT license.

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