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TurboWarp Desktop

TurboWarp as a desktop app.

If you're looking for downloads, head to:

Licensed under the GPLv3.0. See LICENSE for more information.

Parts of this repository are based on LLK/scratch-desktop.


The website source code is in the docs folder.


We use submodules, so clone using:

git clone --recursive turbowarp-desktop

or run this after cloning:

git submodule init
git submodule update

Install dependencies using:

npm ci

Then fetch extra library, packager, and extension files using:

npm run fetch

Repeat the three previous sets of commands every time you pull changes from GitHub.

Due to the security requirements mandated by custom extensions existing, our desktop app is significantly more complicated than Scratch's.

  • src-main is what runs in Electron's main process. There is no build step; this code is included as-is. src-main/entrypoint.js is the entry point to the entire app.
  • src-renderer-webpack runs in an Electron renderer process to make the editor work. This is built by webpack as dist-renderer-webpack.
  • src-renderer also runs in an Electron renderer process, but without webpack. This is used for things like the privacy policy window.
  • src-preload runs as preload scripts in an Electron renderer process. They export glue functions to allow renderer and main to talk to each other in a somewhat controlled manner.
  • dist-library-files and dist-extensions contain additional static resources managed by npm run fetch

To build the webpack portions in src-renderer-webpack for development builds, run this:

npm run webpack:compile

You can also run this instead for source file changes to immediately trigger rebuilds:

npm run webpack:watch

Once you have everything compiled and fetched, you are ready to package it up for Electron. For development, start a development Electron instance with:

npm run electron:start

Linux note: The app icon won't work in the development version, but it will work in the packaged version.

We've found that development can work pretty well if you open two terminals side-by-side and run npm run webpack:watch in one and npm run electron:start in the other. You can refresh the windows with ctrl+R or cmd+R for renderer file changes to apply, and manually restart the app for main file changes to apply.

Final production-ready builds

The development version of the app will be larger and slower than the final release builds.

Build an optimized version of the webpack portions with:

npm run webpack:prod

Then to package up the final Electron binaries, use the electron-builder CLI. They will be saved in the dist folder. Some examples:

# Windows installer
npx electron-builder --windows nsis --x64

# macOS DMG
npx electron-builder --mac dmg --universal

# Linux Debian
npx electron-builder --linux deb

More examples in our release script. You can typically only package for a certain operating system while on that operating system.

It is possible to give each packaged version of the app a unique distribution ID to help uniquely identify them -- it appears in the "About" window. Add --config.extraMetadata.tw_dist=your-dist-id-here to electron-builder's arguments to set the distribution ID. Additionally, to enable the in-app update checker, also add --config.extraMetadata.tw_update=yes.

Advanced customizations

TurboWarp Desktop lets you configure custom JS and CSS without rebuilding the app.

Find TurboWarp Desktop's data path by using the list below or by clicking "?" in the top right corner, then "Desktop Settings", then "Open User Data", then opening the highlighted folder, or refer to this list:

  • Windows (except Microsoft Store): %APPDATA%/turbowarp-desktop
  • Microsoft Store: Open %LOCALAPPDATA%/Packages, find the folder with the word TurboWarpDesktop in it, then open LocalCache/Roaming/turbowarp-desktop
  • macOS (except Mac App Store): ~/Library/Application Support/turbowarp-desktop
  • Mac App Store: ~/Library/Containers/org.turbowarp.desktop/Data/Library/Application Support/turbowarp-desktop (note that the org.turbowarp.desktop part may appear as TurboWarp in Finder)
  • Linux (except Flatpak and Snap): ~/.config/turbowarp-desktop
  • Linux (Flatpak): ~/.var/app/org.turbowarp.TurboWarp/config/turbowarp-desktop
  • Linux (Snap): ~/snap/turbowarp-desktop/current/.config/turbowarp-desktop

Create the file userscript.js in this folder to configure custom JS. Create the file userstyle.css in this folder to configure custom CSS. Completely restart TurboWarp Desktop (including all windows) to apply.