[wish] Create Web Application Shortcuts on the Desktop like in Google Chrome



  • I would love to see the the Chrome Feature "Add to desktop / taskbar" in Vivaldi. The only difference to the original Chrome feature should be a visible address bar in the new window, because sometimes you want to copy the url and use it somewhere else. There is a video which shows the usage of the chrome feature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4ahfwy5U3M



  • There is a workaround to create such "standalone applications":

    You can create a normal shortcut and use the parameter "app" similar to chrome.

    C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Vivaldi\Application\vivaldi.exe --app={website_url}
    

    Sample for napster:

    C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Vivaldi\Application\vivaldi.exe --app=http://app.napster.com/
    

    For whatsapp you need the incognito mode because of the bad browser validation on the whatsapp site.

    C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Vivaldi\Application\vivaldi.exe --app=https://web.whatsapp.com -incognito
    

    You can also use the Chrome Feature "Add to desktop / taskbar" in the first step and change the shortcut afterwards to vivaldi. In this way you will also get a nice looking icon of the website in the taskbar.



  • I've tried both methods above and they don't really work very well. My main issue is that they only work properly when launched from within Vivaldi , and when closing the main Vivaldi windows, all the apps close as well..... With Google and other Chrome variants, the shortcuts behave like proper apps and each runs independently.

    I would urge the developers to seriously consider adding this function, as its the one feature keeping me from using Vivaldi now. People are using more and more web applications, and a shortcut that loads the application without browser clutter is more and more important.

    It shouldn't be hard to implement as its a part of Chromium and most other Chromium/Chrome variants leave it in....

    Hoping for a favourable outcome as Vivaldi is really good, but without this, useless to me and many others...


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    @rgs - Chromium is dropping support of non-hosted apps completely. This means full app API support will be increasingly missing in Chromium, which means Vivaldi would have to take on full responsibility for this code on its own in its own branched version of the engine, over and above building, developing and maintaining the browser itself



  • Thanks for confirming that,.,,, terrible news though! :(



  • I have faith in Vvialdi that they will come through with a URL shortcut to desktop extension or capability. Firefox has the CreateskCut right-click extension. As wide ranging and plentiful as Vivaldi's options are, surely they can give us this one too.

    P.S. See, like right now, soon as I finished my reply, I right-clicked the page looking for an option to dart a shortcut to this page to my desktop in case anyone replies, but of course that option isn't yet available. Will keep hoping, thank you very much!



  • @ayespy I think @dotnet is talking about hosted apps, not chrome packaged apps.

    In Chrome, under More tools, it's the Add to Desktop feature that turns any webpage into a standalone window when launched.



  • All is easy:
    Install your app (if not already done)
    open page vivaldi://apps
    add a shortcut by contextmenu on app's icon



  • @gwen-dragon That doesn't work. Chrome has phased out "apps" from the web store. So you can't really install anything new.

    However, in Chrome, the Add to Desktop feature allows you to create a standalone window, complete with the app's icon, for any web app. It's very convenient when using your OS's application switcher.

    It would cool to have that, along with the vivaldi features.



  • @rahi said in [wish] Create Web Application Shortcuts on the Desktop like in Google Chrome:

    However, in Chrome, the Add to Desktop feature allows you to create a standalone window, complete with the app's icon, for any web app. It's very convenient when using your OS's application switcher.

    Did you try it for your Vivaldi installed apps on vivaldi://apps ?


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