Quickly turn any HTML file/site into a desktop app

Posted on 06.12.16   App Chrome HTML Javascript

Step 1: Locate your chrome.exe application

Copy the full path to your Google Chrome executable, for example:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe

Step 2: Create a new shortcut on your desktop

Enter the following as the shortcut target:

"path/to/chrome.exe" --app=file.html

Examples

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito --app=https://it-db.com

This will create a shortcut to open Google Chrome in “Desktop app” mode (no URL bar or menus etc) and point to the url after the --app= parameter.
The -incognito isn’t neccessary, just for showing the possibility.

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --app=C:\Users\kek\Downloads\cyberchef.htm

Same as above, but this will open a local file on my computer (cyberchef.htm) as a desktop app.

You could even distribute apps as single compressed html files and a corresponding shortcut, as long as the user has Chrome installed and you can figure out the chrome.exe path. Then you’d never have to go through the hassle by using Electron and compile it as an .exe.

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