Desktop PWA - installable web apps are coming to your desktop

Marcus Hellberg
Marcus Hellberg
On Nov 12, 2018 10:53:00 PM

Even though Progressive Web Applications (PWA) are mostly mentioned when talking about mobile applications, their benefits are by no means limited to only mobile users.

Browser vendors have been working on enabling PWA installation also on desktops. Google Chrome already supports installing Progressive Web Apps in it's latest versions. On Windows, you can also publish your PWA to the Microsoft Store to be displayed alongside native applications.

Advantages a PWA on desktop

  • Automatic updates, no need to maintain and distribute several versions
  • Quick access to application from launcher
  • Fast installation from the browser
  • Apps start quickly thanks to cached assets
  • Apps support push notifications for alerting users of important events

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Supported browsers and operating systems

Windows – Chrome 70 ChromeOS – Chrome 67 macOS and Linux – Chrome 72, can be tested already by enabling the chrome://flags#enable-desktop-pwas flag

Vaadin PWA support

Vaadin 12, due out in December, will allow you to turn your Vaadin app into a Progressive Web Application with a simple annotation:

@PWA(name = "My Progressive Web Application", shortName = "MyPWA")
public class MyPWA extends Div {
    public MyPWA(){
        setText("Welcome to my PWA");

You can already try out the functionality today by updating your Vaadin dependency to the latest Vaadin 12 pre-release.

Marcus Hellberg
Marcus Hellberg
Marcus is the VP of Developer Relations at Vaadin. His daily work includes everything from writing blogs and tech demos to attending events and giving presentations on all things Vaadin and web-related. You can reach out to him on Twitter @marcushellberg.
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