Explore New Electron App EcoSystem – Cross Platform Apps Powered By Web Technologies

A while ago I covered this new editor, Visual Studio Code, by Microsoft and how great it is to finally have a native Twitter client running on Windows 7. All of those apps share one thing in common, which is the ability to run on multiple platforms, Windows, Mac, and Linux. Traditionally, writing a cross-platform application means writing the same app multiple times using the same or different languages that work on different platforms. Not anymore with this new evolving way of development.

The magic behind those apps with cross-platform support is that they are all built with Electron. It’s a framework powered by Chromium and Node.js that lets you write apps in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This is truly the next generation of desktop apps. If you are interested in exploring more what Electron enabled the developer to do, head over to http://electron.atom.io/apps/ to check out more apps built on Electron.

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Here are more apps that are powered by Electron, thanks to this compiled list from this Github page.

Open Source

  • Git-it – Teaches you Git and GitHub.
  • Caprine – Unofficial Facebook Messenger app.
  • Simplenote – Note keeper.
  • nuTorrent – BitTorrent client.
  • Abricotine – Markdown editor with inline preview.
  • Medis – Redis database management.
  • Kakapo – Ambient sound mixer for relaxation or productivity.
  • SmartMirror – Voice controlled smart mirror.
  • Koko – IRC client.
  • KeeWeb – Unofficial KeePass app.
  • Soundcast – Cast OS X audio to Chromecast from your menubar.
  • Gitify – GitHub notifications in your menubar.
  • Friends – P2P chat.
  • Cumulus – SoundCloud player in your menubar.
  • Kitematic – Docker container management.
  • FatFileFinder – Find large files on your machine.
  • ScreenCat – Screen sharing & remote collaboration.
  • Gulp – Run Gulp tasks from your menubar.
  • Mapbox Studio – Map designer.
  • LevelUI – LevelDB management.
  • Kart – Front-end for RetroArch.
  • Vmd – Preview Markdown files.
  • Kyoku – Displays current iTunes song.
  • GReader – Collect and read offline readme files of GitHub repos.
  • Leanote – Cloud notepad.
  • Snapper – Screen capturing & recording for Android devices.
  • Imagemin – Minify images.
  • We Build SG – Upcoming events & recently updated repos from webuild.sg.
  • Piglet – Run Grunt tasks from your menubar.
  • Yoda – Browse and download YouTube videos.
  • Loop Drop – MIDI looper and synth for live electronic music performances.
  • Fireball – Hackable game editor for creating mobile and HTML5 games.
  • Toby – YouTube player.
  • Kaku – Music player.
  • Yeoman – Scaffold projects using Yeoman.
  • Markn – Markdown viewer.
  • Shiba – Live Markdown preview with linting.
  • Yays – YouTube music player in your menubar.
  • TimoFM – DoubanFM music player.
  • Monu – Process monitoring.
  • Tèsèvè – Static webserver.
  • DevDogs – DevDocs.io API documentation.
  • Trendy – Trending GitHub repos in your menubar.
  • google-music-electron – Unofficial Google music app.
  • Pomodoro – Timer based on the Pomodoro Technique.
  • Sia-UI – Decentralized file storage system based on cryptocurrency technology.
  • MarkRight – GitHub flavored Markdown editor with live preview.
  • Mongotron – MongoDB management tool.
  • Colonizers – “Catan” inspired board game.
  • Eintopf – Manage development projects with Docker.
  • WhatsDesktop – Unofficial WhatsApp app.
  • Sqlectron – SQL client.
  • docker-indicator – Unofficial Docker menubar app.
  • Light Table – Code editor with instant feedback.
  • Tubehead – YouTube music player in your menubar.
  • Google Play Music Desktop Player – Unofficial Google Play Music app.
  • Chrome DevTools – Chrome DevTools packaged as an app.
  • Yeobara – Meetup check-in with beacon.
  • Proton – Markdown editor with live preview.
  • James – HTTP proxy to view and intercept browser requests.
  • DTCP – Twitter client.
  • Inbox – Unofficial Google Inbox app.
  • alienbox – Reddit inbox & notifier in your menubar.
  • tweet-rec – Tweet recording player.
  • Snippet Bar – Copy-paste & re-use text snippets in your menubar.
  • Electronic WeChat – Unofficial WeChat app.
  • dida – Add tasks to TickTick (滴答清单) with a shortcut.
  • FromScratch – Autosaving scratchpad.
  • Hawkpass – Password generator.
  • Gokotta – Music player.
  • Shake – Japanese Earthquake Early Warning Notifier.
  • Fog – Unofficial Overcast podcast app.
  • Wmail – Unofficial Gmail & Google Inbox app.
  • Boostnote – Markdown note app for developers.
  • Before Dawn – Screensaver tool.
  • Active Collab – Unofficial Active Collab app.
  • Hain – Launcher for Windows.
  • Catify – Utility for Spotify.
  • Minira – JIRA issues in your menubar.
  • Ansel – Image organizer.
  • Cuttle – UI for the ClojureScript compiler.
  • Sample apps – Sample apps to illustrate the usage of Electron APIs.
  • Build Checker App – Check CI-server build statuses.
  • Backer Timetracker – Tracks your time.
  • Ghost – A professional publishing platform.
  • Anatine – Pristine Twitter app.
  • Mattermost – Mattermost client.
  • Whatsie – Unofficial WhatsApp app.
  • PupaFM – DoubanFM music player.

Closed Source

  • GitKraken – Git client.
  • 1Clipboard – Universal clipboard manager.
  • Franz – Skype, Slack, Hangouts, WhatsApp, Grape, Telegram, FB Messenger, Hipchat in the same app.
  • Postman – Create and send HTTP requests.
  • Slack – Desktop version.
  • Avocode – Share design and collaborate.
  • Pixate – Mobile interaction designer.
  • Prepros – Compile almost any preprocessing language with live browser refresh.
  • Stremio – Media center.
  • Typetalk – Share and discuss ideas with your team through instant messaging.
  • Pingendo – Bootstrap prototyping.
  • Spreaker Studio – Audio recording and broadcasting.
  • MockingBot – Prototyping tool for designing apps.
  • Wire – Messenger and calling app.
  • Caret – Markdown editor.
  • Wagon – SQL editor.
  • SIV – Extensible image viewer.
  • Sync – Team group messaging. (Japanese)
  • Remember – Business card management. (Korean)
  • Pubu – Real-time chat for team communication. (Chinese)
  • BearyChat – Team messaging service. (Chinese)
  • MongoDB Compass – Official MongoDB app.
  • Freeter – Organizer for freelancers & creatives.
  • WhatsApp – Official WhatsApp app.

Jonathan Hu

Programming by day, Web Development, Canucks & Movies for spare time!
Co-founder of Next of Windows and a cool geek 🙂

Last updated: 05/26/2016

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