Alternatives to building an electron app

ToDesktop vs. Electron

Electron is a great piece of software. We use it under the hood to create our customers' desktop apps.

The issue with Electron is that building your own app takes a lot of developer time to create and maintain.

That's time not being spent on your core product, building new features.

ToDesktop not only converts your web app to a desktop app. We handle code signing, updates and the installer too. Allowing you to focus on what you do best — creating a great web app!

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How does ToDesktop compare to Electron?

As ToDesktop uses Electron under the hood, you get all of the benefits of Electron with none of the hassle you typically have to deal with.

We take care of all of the annoying aspects of creating your own desktop app with Electron, so you can focus on what matters.

ToDesktop logoToDesktopElectron logoElectron
Time to implementTwo minutes (See how)Approximately 1-2 weeks
Coding requiredNo coding necessaryYes, requires learning Electron
MaintenanceAutomatic updates includedMaintain update server and push security fixes
SecuritySecurity updates includedKeep up to date with security exploits and update your app

Customer Story

Interplay's customers wanted a desktop app. Michael and his team delivered in one day with ToDesktop.

“I entered the details and uploaded our icon. ToDesktop gave me an installable app for Mac and Windows instantly. We rolled the desktop version of Interplay out to our beta customers the next day.”Michael Fitzgerald
Co-founder of Interplay.

Michael has delivered a desktop app faster than he could have ever hoped. Now his team can focus on their web app and not worry about the ongoing effort of maintaining a desktop app.

A ToDesktop customer's app screenshot

What are the costs involved?

There's no such thing as a free lunch and when creating your desktop app with Electron it's easy to overlook the time it takes to create and maintain your app.

We've tried to be fair in calculating the average costs below. Use our cost calculator below to estimate how much it would cost in your situation to see how much ToDesktop can save you.

ToDesktop logoToDesktopElectron logoElectron
Creating Electron appIncluded$2,500
Creating auto-update serverIncluded$500
Monthly maintenance$58/month$250/month
Code signing certificatesIncluded$798/year
$696
first year cost
$6,798
first year cost

See how we worked this out:

How much would it cost to build in-house without ToDesktop?

Developer time is expensive. Adjust the sliders below to estimate the first year cost of a desktop app without ToDesktop.

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5 hrs/month
$50/hr
$798/year
$6,798

In Summary

When you should choose Electron, and when ToDesktop

If you want to wrap your website or web app as a desktop app for your customers, ToDesktop is for you.
If your business' core competency is developing a web app, don't waste time wrestling with Electron. Let us do it for you.
If you want to create a desktop app of a service just for your own use, use Electron or a free product like Nativefier.
If your app is desktop-first, it might be worth the investment to work directly with Electron.

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