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PB for Desktop travis appveyor npm

PB for Desktop is a lightweight open-source Desktop app for PushBullet.
Receive native push notifications on macOS, Windows and Linux.

Not affiliated with PushBullet Incorporated.

Screenshot: Pushbullet for Desktop (macOS)

Screenshot: Pushbullet for Desktop (Windows)

Screenshot: Pushbullet for Desktop (Linux)

Native Notifications

Uses the macOS Notification Center, the Windows 10 Action Center and libnotify for Linux.


Tested on:

  • macOS: 10.11, 10.12, 10.13
  • Windows 10: 1607, 1703, 1709
  • Linux: Ubuntu 16.04/17.04, elementaryOS 0.4, Linuxmint 18


Small resource footprint - runs as a macOS Menu Bar app or a Windows System Tray app.

Simple Setup

No wrestling with API-Keys or other technical knowledge required. Login to Pushbullet using Google or Facebook.

Channel Images

Channel-specific (e.g. IFTTT, Zapier, Chat) icon images for most notifications.

Push Previews

Preview thumbnails for pushes containing images.

Custom Notification Sound Effect

Use the default Pushbullet notification sound effect or one of your choice. Supports .m4a, .mp3, .mp4, .ogg and .wav.

Dedicated Push Target

Use the PB for Desktop PushBullet device to only send pushes to your desktop.

Inline Notification SMS Message Reply

Reply to SMS messages directly within native Desktop notifications (macOS).


Mirror Android notifications (Android).

SMS Feature Status: Beta

Send & receive SMS to Android devices.

Emoji Feature Status: Alpha

Use tags to add emoji to notifications, e.g.: add {video} to show a 📺 with every notification.


  1. Installation
  2. Developers
  3. Continuous Integration
  4. Roadmap
  5. Contribute
  6. Author


Standard Installation

Grab the latest version here: Download Pushbullet for Desktop

Installation as global nodejs module

npm install --global pb-for-desktop



Clone the repo and install dependencies.

git clone pb-for-desktop
cd pb-for-desktop
npm install



Runs the app in development mode.


npm run start


  • --debug Start with development tools
  • --livereload Start with live reload


Install the app in the System app folder and start it.


npm run localsetup


  • --build Rebuild project before installation
  • --debug Start with development tools


Builds the application and creates platform-specific installation packages (see requirements). If no parameter is supplied, the current platform is built.


npm run build


  • --macos Build & Package for macOS
  • --windows Build & Package for Windows
  • --linux Build & Package for Linux
  • --metadata Generate Auto-Updater metadata

Build Requirements

  • Building for Windows requires wine and mono (on macOS, Linux)
  • Building for Linux requires fakeroot and dpkg (on macOS, Windows)
  • Only macOS can build for other platforms.

macOS Build Setup

Install Homebrew, then run:

brew install wine mono fakeroot dpkg

Linux Build Setup

sudo apt-get install wine mono fakeroot dpkg

Continuous Integration

Turnkey build-in-the-cloud integration.

The CI deployment is managed by a custom layer of node scripts and Electron-optimized configuration templates. Completed Installation packages are deployed to GitHub Releases. Builds for all platforms and architectures take about 5 minutes. Backed by the open-source-friendly guys at Travis and AppVeyor]( and running electron-packager under the hood.


  1. Fork the repo
  2. Generate your GitHub Personal Access Token using "repo" as scope. Copy it to the clipboard.
  3. macOS + Linux
    1. Sign in to Travis using GitHub.
    2. Open your Travis Profile, click "Sync Account" and wait for the process to complete.
    3. Find this repository in the list, enable it and click "⚙" to open its settings.
    4. Create a new Environment Variable named GITHUB_TOKEN. Paste your Token from step 2 as value.
  4. Windows
    1. Sign in to AppVeyor using GitHub.
    2. Click on "New Project", select "GitHub", look up this repo in the list and click "Add".
    3. After import navigate to the Settings > Environment subsection
    4. Select "Add Variable", insert GITHUB_TOKEN for name, paste your Token as value. Save.

Triggering Builds

  1. Add a new Tag to start the build process:

    git tag -a v1.0.1
    git push --tags

    The builds are started in parallel and added to the "Releases" page of the GitHub repo (in draft mode).

  2. Use the editing feature to publish the new app version.

  3. There is no step 3


  • Signed binaries
  • End-To-End Tests (see Spectron)

Contribute Contributions Wanted

Read the contribution documentation first.

  • Dev Chat: Talk about features and suggestions.
  • Issues File bugs and document issues.




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