|Initial release||15 July 2013|
1.6.2 / 1 March 2017
|Operating system||Windows, Linux and macOS|
|Platform||x86, x64, ARM|
Electron (formerly known as Atom Shell) is an open-source framework developed by GitHub. It allows for the development of desktop GUI applications using front and back end components originally developed for web applications: Node.js runtime for the backend and Chromium for the frontend. Electron is the main GUI framework behind several notable open-source projects including GitHub's Atom and Microsoft's Visual Studio Codesource code editors and the Light TableIDE.
A basic Electron app consists of three files:
main.js (code) and
index.html (graphical user interface). The framework is provided by the Electron executable file (
electron.exe in Windows,
electron.app on macOS and
electron on Linux). Developers wishing to add branding and custom icon can rename and/or edit the Electron executable file.
The most important file in the electron file is
package.json. It keeps information about package. The most common information in
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