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Electron.jl wraps the cross-platform desktop application framework Electron. You can use it to build GUI applications in julia.


Blink.jl provides similar functionality (and was a major inspiration for this package!). The main difference between the two packages is that Electron.jl opts for a more minimalistic feature set than Blink.jl. Here are some key differences between the two packages:

  • Electron.jl does not have any web server functionality.
  • Electron.jl has no functionality to translate julia code to JavaScript.
  • Electron.jl uses named pipes for the communication between julia and the electron process (no more firewall warnings!).
  • Electron.jl doesn't integrate with the Juno stack of packages, Blink.jl does in some way (that I don't understand).
  • Electron.jl has a high test coverage.
  • Electron.jl always installs a private copy of Electron during the build phase.


You can install the package with:


Getting started

Electron.jl introduces two fundamental types: Application represents a running electron application, Window is a visible UI window. A julia process can have arbitrarily many applications running at the same time, each represented by its own Application instance. If you don't want to deal with Applications you can also just ignore them, in that case Electron.jl will create a default application for you automatically.

To create a new application, simply call the corresponding constructor:

using Electron

app = Application()

This will start a new Electron process that is ready to open windows or run JavaScript code.

To create a new window in an existing application, use the Window constructor:

using Electron, URIs

app = Application()

win = Window(app, URI("file://main.html"))

Note that you need to pass a URI that points to an HTML file to the Window constructor. This HTML file will be displayed in the new window.

You can update pre-existing Window using function load:

load(win, URI("http://julialang.org"))
load(win, """
<img src="https://raw.githubusercontent.com/JuliaGraphics/julia-logo-graphics/master/images/julia-logo-325-by-225.png">

You can also call the Window constructor without passing an Application, in that case Electron.jl creates a default application for you:

using Electron, URIs

win = Window(URI("file://main.html"))

You can run JavaScript code both in the main or the render thread of a specific window. To run some JavaScript in the main thread, call the run function and pass an Application instance as the first argument:

using Electron

app = Application()

result = run(app, "Math.log(10)")

The second argument of the run function is JavaScript code that will simply be executed as is in Electron.

You can also run JavaScript in the render thread of any open window by passing the corresponding Window instance as the first argument to run:

using Electron, URIs

win = Window(URI("file://main.html"))

result = run(win, "Math.log(10)")

You can send messages from a render thread back to julia by calling the javascript function sendMessageToJulia. On the julia side, every window has a Channel for these messages. You can access the channel for a given window with the msgchannel function, and then use the standard julia API to take messages out of this channel:

using Electron

win = Window()

result = run(win, "sendMessageToJulia('foo')")

ch = msgchannel(win)

msg = take!(ch)



The following packages currently use Electron.jl:

Please add any other packages that depend on Electron.jl to this list via a pull request!