Script to make a Linux native app from URL [work in progress]

The following script uses Nativefier (Electron) to build a binary from a web site and create a .desktop launcher:

  • kdialog
  • npm
  • nativefier

Use npm to install nativefier:
npm install nativefier -g


#! /bin/bash

# NPM & Nativefier & Kdialog:
# npm install nativefier -g

URL=`kdialog --inputbox URL`;
NAME=`kdialog --inputbox Name`;
CSS=`kdialog --getopenfilename ~`;
ICON=`kdialog --geticon applications`;

BINPATH=`kdialog --getexistingdirectory ~`;

cd "$BINPATH";

nativefier --inject="$CSS" --name="$NAME" "$URL" "$BINPATH";

cd ~/.local/share/applications;
touch "$NAME".desktop;
echo "[Desktop Entry]

[Desktop Action OpenInBrowser]
Name=Open in the browser
Exec=xdg-open "$URL"
" > "$NAME".desktop;

kdialog --passivepopup "App created";

Instruction to use the script:

Prepare the script in a .sh file and eventually a custom CSS or JS file to be injected into the app to customize it:

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Start the script, it will ask for URL:

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Then app name (don’t use spaces or special character at the moment):

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Select a CSS or JS file (press Cancel if you don’t have one):

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Select an icon:

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Select a folder where the binary will be saved (the .desktop launcher will link to it, don’t move it):

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A notification will appear when the process will be completed:

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Open the menu and search for your app:

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This the difference between this app with custom CSS and the original site in the browser:

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This is just a proof of concept.

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