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What is it?

A JavaScript plugin which shows a message to install the web application on iPhone devices(on Safari browser). This will be useful if you are building a progressive web application. If you don't know what progressive web applications are, head over to Progressive web apps blog by Google

Blog/Documentation about how to use the plugin

Why is it required

Though service workers are not yet supported on Safari, we can still achieve a lot using HTML5 application cache and localStorage. And Safari does support launching your application in a full screen mode using just a meta-tag. (Refer Safari meta-tags to know more).

This is a feature chrome has recently released where it checks that if your web app is using service workers and shows a banner to install the application to the home screen. Official blog by Google

I believe that this is a really cool feature to have and I thought of bringing the same feature to the iOS devices.

Screenshots and Demo

Working demo of the plugin: Full GIF


A JS plugin for iPhone Safari to show overlay to add application to home screen for progressive web application.



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