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Easily create a progressive web app


create-pwa is a module for quick scaffolding and producing of progressive web applications.

create-pwa adds the minimum required boilerplate which your app requires in order to become a PWA.

create-pwa can be used with existing applications or can be the first thing one does when starting a new app.


In order to use this module, you must have NodeJS installed and NPM or Yarn available.


# Using NPM:
npm i create-pwa --save-dev

# Using Yarn
yarn add create-pwa --dev


icon: Specifies relative path to the application icon.

This path is relative to the folder you are located in. It is recommended that the icon file should be at least 512 pixels wide and 512 pixels high.

The icon argument is required.


First, navigate to your application's folder: Then run the install command (see above)

cd your/app/folder

create-pwa --icon="./icon.png"

You can also use create-pwa as a package.json script:

	"scripts": {
		"pwa": "create-pwa --icon=\"path/to/your/icon.png\""

The above commands will generate a manifest.json, service-worker.js file and several (8) png icons in the /icons/ folder in your app's root folder.

You can edit the contents of the manifest.json and service-worker.js files.

Their default content is based on industry's best practices and is highly opinionated.

In order to create a customized experience for your users, feel advised to revise and edit the contents of the above files.

When the files(manifest.json and service-worker.js) are ready for production, you need to let the world know about them:

  1. Add the following to the head of your HTML file(s):
<link rel="manifest" href="manifest.json" />

You can read more about the Web App Manifest here.

  1. Add the following snippet to your application's JavaScript bundle or place it in a script tag just before the closing </body> tag in your HTML file(s):
if ('serviceWorker' in navigator) {
  window.addEventListener('load', () => {
    navigator.serviceWorker.register('./service-worker.js').then(registration => {
        console.log(`ServiceWorker registration successful with scope: ${registration.scope}`);
    }, error => {
      console.log(`ServiceWorker registration failed: ${error}`);

The code above checks for service worker support and then registers a service worker located in the service-worker.js file in the root of the project.

You can read more about Service Workers here.

  1. (Optional) Add the following attribute to your html tag: manifest="<YOUR_APP_NAME>.appcache". It should look something like this:
<html lang="en" manifest="create-pwa.appcache">

This will enable application cache and will cache all files listed in the .appcache file. Application cache is currently deprecated in most evergreen browsers and will probably be removed soon. This, however, does not mean that you can not use it in older browsers (for example IE 11).

You can read more about Application Cache here

More info

There is a lot information about Progressive Web Applications on the Internet. In order to comply with browser's requirements and pass the audits you need to check out and fulfill the PWA Checklist.

The entries listed in Baseline Progressive Web App Checklist are mandatory and without them your web app will not qualify as a PWA.

If you wish to test your web app's compliance, you can use the Chrome's built-in Lighthouse tool (found under the Audits tab in the Developer tools).