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brochard
Making moves
Status: In review

Progressive Web apps are an important feature of a browser that Firefox is the only one missing.
For some, it can be the reason to switch to another browser.
In other cases like for the Steamdeck, it's what imposed the choice to only include Chrome in the SteamOS interface.
Other problem even for avid Firefox users, since I wanted Social apps on my pc I had to get them on the Microsoft Store which is an Edge PWA that opens every link in an Edge window, making me use this... other browser.

332 Comments
Horus_Sirius
Making moves

PWA are allowing individual websites to be more important.

i like the idea to pin a browser window under windows to the taskbar.

for be more in a point of view.

one missing think between the compatibility is switching the PWA Archtekture to the defaul browser under the current system.

the memory usage and security update mechanism is if pin different runing websites in many browsers to the windows taskbar you will have the effekt.

Switching PWA to another browser is to difficult.

alvin612
New member

+1 here. Among all the browsers, Firefox has been the most balanced and reliable. If PWA is added back, then I say it's the browser King no doubt.

Froglich
New member

+1 here. Created a profile here just to add this. PWAs in Firefox would be a killer feature and it is the only thing keeping me from using Firefox as my one and only browser.

Daseinn
Strollin' around

 @brochard 

I agree, and made an account when I saw this suggestion specifically. PWA's are only going to become more important as newer Web Technologies (AV1, WebGPU, WebUSB perhaps?) & Complimentary Acceleration methods from Modern Hardware get developed, people will not only be wanting this, but would also need  this on different platforms such as Windows, Linux/Android, MacOS/iOS, Even on VR Headsets or streaming boxes/sticks. It's a perfect fit that shouldn't be left to other browsers based off of Chromium to have full control on 😕 

 

 Take cloud gaming on SteamDecks (Which run Linux) for Example, they could just have a streamlined & efficient single page container that's sandboxed from the rest of Firefox set to full screen & customised focus mode with a pre-loaded cache of webpage assets, settings & addons tailored specifically to that usecase, and one single profile with a saved user/password combo. 

Dasein
Strollin' around

Any new  updates on this? Because it seems as if the community really wants it back for all instances of Firefox 🍿👀  

   

 

PositivPorpoise
Strollin' around

PWAs, including the File System Access API have the potential to significantly improve user security, privacy, and control over their apps. The File System Access API allows users to control which files and directories are available to which apps and allows more sophisticated apps to be written in JavaScript. Apps written in JavaScript are much more easily inspected and customised compared to compiled apps. They are also more portable and would prevent users from having to buy or use different apps on different devices for the same purpose. Without this technology, users must resort to using native apps that can't easily be inspected, that usually have full access to their entire file system, and only work on a single processor architecture. PWAs also make it easier for users to write their own apps by taking advantage of transparent examples, comprehensive reference materials, and the human-readable nature of web technologies. All of these advantages seem so aligned with Mozilla's mission it seems very uncharacteristic of them not to embrace PWAs.

draguleanionut
New member

We really need native PWA support, please 🙂

This implementation is perfect if it would work sandboxed: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/pwas-for-firefox/
For now we just have to keep chromium to install PWAs.

charlesroper
Strollin' around

After many years, I switched from Firefox to Edge because I needed PWAs. I used Microsoft's browser for about 6 months but have changed back to Firefox because a) I much prefer it as a browser; b) the situation with Manifest V3 and content blockers; c) the superior privacy built-in; d) the PWAsForFirefox extension is pretty good now.

It is crazy how Mozilla has dropped PWA support - it's a killer feature. So much better than bloated Electron apps. Please bring PWAs back into the core of Firefox.

EduardoDev
Strollin' around

Would really improve the user experience if this goes through, especially on Linux, where most apps works really well as PWAs, but lack the integration when using Firefox.

fat-fox
Strollin' around

+1 from me.

PWA's are neat.