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A (Windows) desktop application wrapper for grocy


grocy is a selfhosted PHP web application, so normally runs on webservers. If you are not so familiar with the technical things regarding webservers, but just want to have grocy running like a normal (Windows) desktop application, this is what you need.

How to install

  • Classic installer
    • Just download and execute the latest release, afterwards you will have a shortcut on your desktop which starts grocy.
  • Microsoft Store
    Get it from Microsoft

Please note that the user data is not automatically transfered when switching between the classic installer and the Microsoft Store version, please use the backup/restore functionality to transfer your data.

How to update

Just download and execute the latest release. grocy itself can also be updated separately (top menu bar grocy -> Update).

How to backup/restore

All grocy user data can be exported and restored as a ZIP file (see the File menu in the top menu bar).


grocy-desktop itself is not localized, but grocy is and will use automatically the localization based on your system language, if available.

Things worth to know

How this works technically

grocy-desktop is a .Net Windows Forms application. It uses CefSharp as an integrated browser and utilizes the in PHP integrated development server to host grocy. The UWP app (Appx package to be distributed through the Microsoft Store) is built using the Desktop Bridge, all needed dependencies/manifests are located in the appx_dependencies folder.

What the installer does

The installer has bundled, beside the application itself and the CefSharp dependencies, a for grocy configured PHP version (in embedded_dependencies/ and the current grocy release. grocy itself can also be updated separately, see above. Everything will be unpacked to %localappdata%\grocy-desktop by default, the path can also be changed during the installation process. (This does not apply when running/installing the UWP app, normally from the Microsoft Store - UWP apps have their own default package locations.)

What happens on start

grocy-desktop will do the following things and then opens the locally hosted instance in the integrated browser:

  • Unpacking the dependency ZIP files, if needed, to %appdata%\grocy-desktop\runtime-dependencies and grocy itself to %appdata%\grocy-desktop\grocy
    • When running the UWP app (normally installed from the Microsoft Store), the used paths are %userprofile%\.grocy-desktop\runtime-dependencies and %userprofile%\.grocy-desktop\grocy
  • Configuring grocy in embedded mode (it will save its data in %appdata%\grocy-desktop\grocy-data, this path can be changed (top menu bar File -> Configure/change data location)
    • When running the UWP app (normally installed from the Microsoft Store), the default path is %userprofile%\.grocy-desktop\grocy-data
  • Starting a PHP development server on a free random port, bound to localhost



How to build

You will need Visual Studio 2017. All dependencies are included, available via NuGet or will be downloaded at compile time (see build events). The setup is built using WiX Toolset, which should be installed along with the Wix Toolset Visual Studio 2017 Extension. To build the Appx package (UWP app) you will need the Windows 10 SDK (this is done in the Post-build event of the grocy-desktop-setup project).


The MIT License (MIT)

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