How to make a native Windows app for any website or web-app using Web2Desk

Web applications are all around the internet these days. Whether it your email, a to-do list or a social network, everybody offers their service as web-application that is accessible from a web browser. But if you are a person like me who prefers native applications for some essential web apps, then this guide is for you. We’ve covered a free service called Web2Desk which lets you convert any application to a native Windows/Linux/Mac application and download it.

Web2Desk Review

Web2Desk uses Nativefier behind the scenes. If you don’t know about Nativefier, you can go ahead and read about it here. Nativefier is a tool written in JavaScript that lets you wrap any website or web-app inside an Electron container.

Web2Desk Review

What is Electron?

Electron is JavaScript framework based on Node.js and Chromium. It lets you run any webpage in an entirely separate Chrome window that is almost like a native application. Electron supports almost all the platforms including Windows, Linux, and MacOS.

So what Web2Desk basically does is, takes a website as an input and then uses Nativefier to wrap it inside an Electron container which gives you a native application that a be used on all the platforms.

You can also use Nativefier on your computer, but for that, you must have Node.js installed. And also you must have a little knowledge about using command line tools. But you can entirely skip this and let Web2Desk handle that for you.

How to make a native Windows app for any website or web-app

To start creating an application, head over to Web2Desk. Enter the URL of the website/web-app you want to create a native application for. Now enter the applications name. It should automatically detect an icon for it; if the icon is not suitable, you can upload one. Now enter the email where you would wish to receive the download link and you are done.

Hit the Create Now button and the service would start building your application on its servers. Once the application has been compiled and ready to be downloaded, you will be notified by email. The estimated wait time usually is around 2-3 minutes for a Windows application.

How to make a native Windows app for any website or web-app

You can either wait on the same page or open the link from your email to download the application. The download file size was around 45 MBs, and the application comes in a portable form factor. You can open the extracted contents and start your application from the executable file.

For more accessibility, you can pin the application to the taskbar or create shortcuts on Start Menu. Unfortunately, there is no option to create an installer variant, but you can use existing tools to create an installer for the downloaded application.

Remember that applications created with Web2Desk or Nativefier are running inside a Chromium window which is separate from your existing browser or other applications created with Nativefier. You can use these tools to your advantage if you have multiple accounts for one website and want to run them simultaneously.

Web2Desk also offers you some pre-compiled applications for some of the most popular web applications. These applications include Trello, Twitter, Asana, WhatsApp, Telegram, Spotify, etc.

Web2Desk is a great free service. It lets you easily convert your favorite web applications to native applications. I love this service so much that I have converted almost all my web applications such as Gmail, GitHub and even TheWindowsClub to a native application. They look outstanding on a computer and are great performance wise. Click here to go to Web2Desk.

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Lavish loves to follow up on the latest happenings in technology. He loves to try out new Windows-based software and gadgets and is currently learning JAVA. He loves to develop new software for Windows. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software is always recommended, he feels.


  1. Rob

    This looks like a nice tool but it you create more than just a few apps you could chew up quite a bit of disk space. I created one for Gmail (an obvious choice) and the up-zipped app occupies 118MB. Still, it’s pretty cool.

  2. kj1

    How about safety? Does is use secured connections where available? Does it have any kind of embedded trackers? Does it have any key loggers? Does it collect and send any data back to any/their servers online?

  3. Lavish Thakkar

    Yes Rob, this is because the application sort of have complete Chromium inside them. The developer can for sure work on this feature where all the applications share a common Chromium wrapper.

  4. Lavish Thakkar

    Hi kj1, the apps are almost running inside an chromium window so there is a very less chance of anything happening like that. The service claims to use Nativefier in background and Nativefier is completely open source and the entire code is available on GitHub. We’ve also covered a tutorial, where you can build your applications yourself using Nativefier. Web2Desk is merely an automation to that process. So to answer your question: No, I don’t think so any extra trackers or loggers are included in native applications built using Web2Desk or Nativefier apart from whatever is there in Chromium.

    Nativefier GitHub Repository:

  5. Rob

    I created an app using Web2Desk and also using Nativefier on my Windows 10 PC. I didn’t compare the results byte-for-byte but the apps looked identical to me.


  6. Ricky Liu

    I don’t quite understand the use case here. Why would users need to use a .exe version of the website, when they could just as easily access the sites from Favourites and also login automatically using Lastpass or something else? The big problem with this, from my testing, is that you can’t save session cookies. If you close the app, you have to re-login EVERY TIME.

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