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To install prebuilt Electron binaries, use
npm. The preferred method is to install Electron as a development dependency in your app:
npm install electron --save-dev
For more installation options and troubleshooting tips, see installation. For info on how to manage Electron versions in your apps, see Electron versioning.
Quick start & Electron Fiddle
Electron Fiddle to build, run, and package small Electron experiments, to see code examples for all of Electron's APIs, and to try out different versions of Electron. It's designed to make the start of your journey with Electron easier.
Alternatively, clone and run the electron/electron-quick-start repository to see a minimal Electron app in action:
git clone https://github.com/electron/electron-quick-start cd electron-quick-start npm install npm start
Resources for learning Electron
- electronjs.org/docs - All of Electron's documentation
- electron/fiddle - A tool to build, run, and package small Electron experiments
- electron/electron-quick-start - A very basic starter Electron app
- electronjs.org/community#boilerplates - Sample starter apps created by the community
- electron/simple-samples - Small applications with ideas for taking them further
- electron/electron-api-demos - An Electron app that teaches you how to use Electron
Most people use Electron from the command line, but if you require
electron inside your Node app (not your Electron app) it will return the file path to the binary. Use this to spawn Electron from Node scripts:
const electron = require('electron') const proc = require('child_process') // will print something similar to /Users/maf/.../Electron console.log(electron) // spawn Electron const child = proc.spawn(electron)
Find documentation translations in electron/i18n.
If you are interested in reporting/fixing issues and contributing directly to the code base, please see CONTRIBUTING.md for more information on what we're looking for and how to get started.
Info on reporting bugs, getting help, finding third-party tools and sample apps, and more can be found in the support document.
When using the Electron or other GitHub logos, be sure to follow the GitHub logo guidelines.