Minium Developer is now an Electron app!

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If you already downloaded the latest version of Minium Developer, you have noticed that it is now available as a native application for Linux, macOS and Windows. In this post, I am going to briefly explain how we did it using Electron, a framework based on Chromium and Node.js for creating native applications with web technologies like JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.

The process is actually quite simple. Basically, we have developed an Electron app that creates a browser window, starts the web application and then loads the editor. To start the web application, we use Node’s Child Process API to execute the script that you used to run previous versions of Minium Developer.

To build the different native applications for each operating system, we use Electron Packager. We have integrated it in our existing Maven build process through the frontend-maven-plugin.

If you want to know more, you can take a look at the code at

Nevertheless, you still can run Minium Developer from the browser as before. To do it, run the executable from the console and pass it the --browser option. The same executable is now also used to run Automator projects. See the documentation for detailed instructions on how to do so.