I keep ending up with a myriad of open tabs in Chrome. It is a pain to switch between them compared to switching between regular mac apps.

So I would like be able to

  • pin them to the task bar
  • identify them using their favicon (task bar / ⌘ + TAB)
  • always open them in a separate window

Just like it appears to be possible on windows: https://www.howtogeek.com/141431/how-to-turn-web-apps-into-first-class-desktop-citizens/

I am looking for a solution with Chrome. But if there's a solution with another browser I may even consider switching...

up vote 4 down vote accepted

Just found an awesome and apparently free solution: https://applicationize.me

It creates a chrome extension for your webapp, which enables you to launch the webapp just like a desktop app.

  • doesnt work on macOS high sierra anymore. – David Vielhuber Apr 4 at 20:38

FIRST

  • type chrome://flags in Chrome’s address bar.
  • Change/set the following flag settings:

    1. The new bookmark app system
    2. Allow hosted apps to be opened in windows
    3. Creation of app shims for hosted apps on Mac
    4. Quit notification for hosted apps
      .

    So, they look like this: enter image description here

NEXT

  • Restart Chrome
  • Navigate to the page you want to run/launch as a Web Application (e.g. https://www.gmail.com)
  • Restart the Chrome (in the bottom of the page)
  • Click on the hamburger/'three dots menu' button in the top far right of Chrome.
    • Select 'More Tools'
    • 'Add to Applications…' or 'Create Shortcut...' (has changed over versions)
    • A small window will pop up - make changes to the Title as you like
    • Check/Tick 'Open in (Separate) Window'

LASTLY

  • The shortcut will actually be a '.app' folder with all the usually files an subfolders, like any Mac Application and...
  • the Shortcut/Dockable Icon should appear in your "User Applications" or the 'Chrome Apps' Folder within that folder:
    • EITHER '/Users/<your username>/Applications/Chrome Apps'
    • OR '/Users/<your username>/Applications/Chrome Apps'
  • Move or Copy the shortcut anyway you want, including dragging to the Mac Dock

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