Gluon is a framework for creating desktop apps from websites, using system installed browsers and NodeJS.
These docs are intended for those already familiar with NodeJS and webdev.
Existing frameworks either bundle Chromium (Electron) or use WebView2/WebKitGTK (Tauri/many others). Instead of doing either of those, Gluon uses normal already installed browsers instead. Rather than just use marketing and vague claims, here are some real pros and cons:
Advantages over bundling
- Tiny build sizes in comparison
- Chromium version isn’t coupled to build
- More freedom/choice for users
Advantages over WebView2
- Don’t have to rely on system installed libraries
- Fully open source (WebView2 is closed source)
- Don’t have to worry about using other libraries on non-Windows
- More freedom/choice for developers and users (not locked into one ecosystem/library/engine)
Disadvantages over bundling
- Not always sure what you’ll work with
Disadvantages over WebView2
- WebView2 is well supported, maintained, and relatively stable