You want to make a native wrapper for WhatsApp Web (or any web page).
Nativefier is a command-line tool to easily create a desktop app for any web site
with minimal configuration. Apps are wrapped by Electron
(which uses Chromium under the hood) in an OS executable (
for use on Windows, macOS and Linux.
I did this because I was tired of having to
alt-tab to my browser and then search
through the numerous open tabs when I was using Facebook Messenger or
Whatsapp Web (HN thread). Nativefier features:
- Automatically retrieval of app icon / name.
- Many more, see the API docs or
- macOS 10.9+ / Windows / Linux
>= 10and npm
- Optional dependencies:
npm install -g nativefier
To create a native desktop app for medium.com,
Nativefier will try to determine the app name, and well as lots of other options.
If desired, these options can be overwritten. For example, to override the name,
nativefier --name 'My Medium App' 'medium.com'
Read the API documentation or run
to learn about other command-line flags usable to configure the packaged app.
To have high-resolution icons used by default for an app/domain, please contribute to the icon repository!