Build cross-platform desktop apps with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS


$ npm i -D electron@latest
# Electron   8.2.1
# Node       12.13.0
# Chromium   80.0.3987.163
$ npm i -D electron@beta
# Electron   9.0.0-beta.14
# Node       12.14.1
# Chromium   82.0.4085.27
$ npm i -D electron-nightly
# Electron   10.0.0-nightly.20200408
# Node       12.16.1
# Chromium   83.0.4095.0

It's easier than you think

If you can build a website, you can build a desktop app. Electron is a framework for creating native applications with web technologies like JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. It takes care of the hard parts so you can focus on the core of your application.

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Web Technologies

Electron uses Chromium and Node.js so you can build your app with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Open Source

Electron is an open source project maintained by GitHub and an active community of contributors.

Cross Platform

Compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux, Electron apps build and run on three platforms.

The hard parts made easy

Get started

To get started with Electron, check out the resources below. Learn how to wrap your web app with Electron, access all the APIs, and generate installers.

Explore the Electron APIs

The Electron API Demos app interactively demonstrates the most important features of the Electron API. See what's possible with Electron with sample code and helpful tips for building your app.

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Try more powerful experiments with Electron Fiddle

Electron Fiddle lets you create and play with small Electron experiments. It greets you with a quick-start template after opening – change a few things, choose the version of Electron you want to run it with, and play around. Then, save your Fiddle either as a GitHub Gist or to a local folder. Once pushed to GitHub, anyone can quickly try your Fiddle out by just entering it in the address bar.

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Spin up the Quick Start app to see Electron in action:

A minimal Electron app with helpful notations.

# Clone the Quick Start repository
$ git clone

# Go into the repository
$ cd electron-quick-start

# Install the dependencies and run
$ npm install && npm start

Or dive deeper and read the documentation.

Need Help?

Ask questions in the Discuss forum or our Slack channel. Follow @electronjs on Twitter for important announcements. Need to privately reach out? Email

Built on Electron

Initially developed for GitHub's Atom editor, Electron has since been adopted by companies all over the world.

With Electron, creating a desktop application for your company or idea is easy. Check out some of the apps created by the community or add your own.

View more apps or submit your own.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Key Action
/ Focus the search bar
Esc Focus the search bar and cleans it
Select the next search result
Select the previous search result
Enter Open the selected search result
cmdEnter Ctrl+Enter Open the selected search result in a new tab