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How to Turn Any Website Into a Standalone Desktop App

Web apps are really useful. Everything from word processing to image editing can now be done using a browser, without the need to install a separate application on your desktop computer. But in some use cases, many web apps and websites would have been even more useful if they were separate standalone desktop apps. This is where site-specific browsers come in.

Site-specific browsers are miniature software browsers designed to access a single website. The use of such applications has many advantages. For one, a separate app would provide you with a distraction-free environment to work or consume content on a particular website. Additionally, you can also log into the same site with multiple logins on different instances of these site-specific browsers.

In this handy guide, we’ll show you how to create such site-specific browsers using a service called WebCatalog. WebCatalog also offers a list of pre-made and optimized apps to use, but also lets you create new custom apps based on links. Of course, this is just one of the services that do this and you can choose from quite a selection.

How to turn a website or web app into a standalone desktop app

Download and install the WebCatalog app from its website
Open the app
By default, the application should open on the “Catalog” pane

Click on “Create a custom application”
You will be greeted with a dialog box
Enter the link, the name you want to give to the app and add the image you want to use as a logo for the app you are going to create

WebCatalog will automatically create the application and add a desktop shortcut

You can then create more app shortcuts using the WebCatalog interface

Note that the free version of WebCatalog only allows the creation of a maximum of 10 applications. Moreover, it allows only two accounts per app created. If you want more features, you will have to opt for the paid version. Also, remember that you can also choose other services, like SetApp for Mac.