Site-Specific Browsers: Turn Websites Into Desktop Applications

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Desktop IconFor a web application, It is always a good idea to provide access to it from other platforms like mobile or desktop programs.

As web designers/developers, desktop applications are harder to create considering they have a totally different environment.

In order to fill this gap, we can make use of site-specific browsers which enable us to lock a website inside an application-looking browser that can interact with the system tray/dock & display notifications.

Some usage examples for site-specific browsers:

  • displaying new orders, support tickets for an e-commerce website
  • showing system tray alerts when a new visitor visits your website
  • or even locking your whole application inside a site-specific browser and offering it as a desktop application.

To sum up, they simply help us convert a website into a desktop application. Here are free & mature tools for creating site-specific browsers:

Mozilla Prism (Win-Mac)

Mozilla Prism Site-Specific Browser

Prism is a very easy-to-customize tool that supports Windows & Mac.

Applications created can be:

  • minimized to system tray/dock & a navigation can be added there
  • set to display status messages & popups in the system tray/dock

Prism apps. will be running seperately from the browser & will stay alive even if the browser isn't.

P.S. You can also read a more detailed post about Prism at WRD.

Fluid (Mac)

Fluid Site-Specific Browser

Fluid enables you to create Cocoa desktop applications with:

  • dock icon
  • standard menu bar
  • growl notifications
  • Userscripting (Greasemonkey)
  • & more..

Bubbles (Win)

Bubbles Site Specific Browser

An application platform for creating site-specific browsers which supports:

  • system tray icon & context menu
  • notifications
  • drap'n drop of local files
  • & more..

Mango (Win)

Mango Site Specific Browser

Mango can create a website-to-application instantly with features like:

  • custom tray & context menu
  • minimize to tray
  • always on top
  • kiosk mode
  • fixed width/height
  • & more..

All application settings are kept in a XML file which can be used for further customization.

Other Site-Specific Browser Methods:

Further Resources:

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