Mac: Wrap any website to a desktop app using Fluid

I’ve been thinking recently that it would be really nice be able to have a website wrapped as a desktop appliation much like how the Whatsapp wrapper work. Fluid a Mac tool does this!

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Enter a website address give it a name and select an icon or select to use the websites icon. Then the website application will be created as a desktop app, this internally uses Chrome.

There is a paid optional to allow:

  • Create Fluid Apps with Separate Cookie Storage. (Preferences → Security → Cookie Storage)
  • Pin Fluid Apps to the Mac OS X Status Bar. (Fluid App Menu → Pin to Status Bar…)
  • Use Userscripts or Userstyles in your Fluid Apps. (Window → Userscripts)
  • Use Lion Full Screen mode in your Fluid Apps. (View → Enter Full Screen)

The free version works well as long as you don’t mind not being able to run in full screen mode. I looked for a similar app for Windows alas nothing anywhere near as simple as this.


David Carr

David Carr

For the past 12 years, I’ve been developing applications for the web using mostly PHP. I do this for a living and love what I do as every day there is something new and exciting to learn.

In my spare time, the web development community is a big part of my life. Whether managing online programming groups and blogs or attending a conference, I find keeping involved helps me stay up to date. This is also my chance to give back to the community that helped me get started, a place I am proud to be apart of.

Besides programming I love spending time with friends and family and can often be found together going out catching the latest movie, staying in playing games on the sofa or planning a trip to someplace I’ve never been before.