As of Electron version 1.3.1, you can
npm install electron --save-dev to
install the latest precompiled version of Electron in your app.
The prebuilt Electron binary
If you've ever worked on an Electron app before, you've likely come across the
electron-prebuilt npm package. This package is an indispensable part of nearly
every Electron project. When installed, it detects your operating system
and downloads a prebuilt binary that is compiled to work on your system's
The new name
The Electron installation process was often a stumbling block for new developers.
Many brave people tried to get started developing an Electron by app by running
npm install electron instead of
npm install electron-prebuilt,
only to discover (often after much confusion) that it was not the
they were looking for.
This was because there was an existing
electron project on npm,
created before GitHub's Electron project existed. To help make Electron
development easier and more intuitive for new developers, we reached out to the
owner of the existing
electron npm package to ask if he'd be willing to let us use
the name. Luckily he was a fan of our project, and agreed to help us repurpose
Prebuilt lives on
As of version 1.3.1, we have begun publishing
packages to npm in tandem. The two packages are identical. We chose to continue publishing
the package under both names for a while so as not to inconvenience the
thousands of developers who are currently using
electron-prebuilt in their projects.
We recommend updating your
package.json files to use the new
but we will continue releasing new versions of
electron-prebuilt until the
end of 2016.
repository will remain the canonical home of the
electron npm package.
We owe a special thanks to @mafintosh,
@maxogden, and many other contributors
for creating and maintaining
electron-prebuilt, and for their tireless service
And thanks to @logicalparadox for allowing
us to take over the
electron package on npm.
Updating your projects
We've worked with the community to update popular packages that are affected by this change. Packages like electron-packager, electron-rebuild, and electron-builder have already been updated to work with the new name while continuing to support the old name.
If you encounter any problems installing this new package, please let us know by opening an issue on the electron-userland/electron-prebuilt repository.
For any other issues with Electron, please use the electron/electron repository.