Nativefier is a fantastic open source project. It has lots of configuration options, many contributors and is regularly updated.
It's main use case is creating apps for individual use. If you want to create apps for distribution to your users, there are a few more factors to consider.
Nativefier doesn't provide:
Code signing. That's an extra cost of at least $799 per year plus your time.
Auto-updates. You'll have to build and distribute updates manually or create an auto-update server.
Native installers. Windows users expect an installer and to be able to uninstall from Control Panel. Mac users expect a drag and drop .dmg file.
Support. Nativefier is maintained by helpful volunteers. If you have an issue they may be able to help but there is no guarantee.
Why you should choose ToDesktop:
ToDesktop provides all of the above and more for only $58/month. Make the smart choice.
ToDesktop and Nativefier use the same tech under the hood to create desktop apps from web apps. Electron is an open source library made for exactly this purpose.
Creating desktop apps with Electron takes a lot of developer time and resources. ToDesktop and Nativefier both make this process easier by automating much of it. There are a few crucial features Nativefier does not provide though:
|Time to implement||Two minutes (See how)||Approximately 10-15 weeks|
|Code signing||Apple Gatekeeper & EV Microsoft Authenticode included||Purchase certificates ($799/year) and sign manually|
|Maintenance||Automatic updates included||Maintain update server and push security fixes|
|Security||Security updates included||Keep up to date with security exploits and update your app|
|Support||Live chat and email||Public forum via GitHub issues|
|Native installers||Not provided|
Nativefier is completely free to use. However you will have to spend time and money to implement yourself the features it does not provide.
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.
|Creating auto-update server||Included||$500|
|Code signing certificates||Included||$798/month|
|$696 first year cost||$4,348 first year cost|
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 on code signing, auto-updates and native installers. Leave that to us.
If you want to create a desktop app of a service just for your own use, Nativefier is likely for you.
If your app is desktop-first, you likely want to skip Nativefier and build it with Electron or in native languages (e.g. Swift).
ToDesktop Builder will take you step-by-step through the process of creating your first desktop app in just a few minutes.Download ToDesktop Builder
*You can create a desktop app and run it on your computer for free. You will only be charged if you want to create a distributable app for your customers.