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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.

373 Comments
Rayke
Strollin' around

I agree.   I use plenty of webapps both personally and professionally and PWAs are a huge plus for organizing what I am doing across virtual desktops.  I use many of them simultaneously and being able to have them represented by their own icon and window is a big help.   I have been using another browser on my Windows, Linux and OSX boxes because of this for a while now.  I will return to Firefox when they start understanding what their users actually want and deliver those functionalities instead of the recent (last couple of years) round of feature additions that nobody asked for. 

dryanau
New member

Yep. On the verge of switching back to a chrome based browser because of this.

alexdelorenzo
Making moves

I dislike having to use Chromium for this and would rather use Firefox for PWAs.

LatinCanuck
Making moves

One guy created a extension that enables PWAs on Firefox Desktop. And it does work like charm. So I don't understand how Mozilla, the parent company, is unable to pull this feature.

 

https://github.com/filips123/PWAsForFirefox

Bjones
Strollin' around

Is PWA support required for the “add website to Home Screen” functionality on iOS? If not then I’ll make that a separate request. If so then native PWA support is even more important. 

Mood
Strollin' around

I too dislike having to switch to chrominium browsers for pwa as pwa are really important for organizing but there is a extension but it would be better to have it intergated

 

schipht
Making moves

One more thing about PWA, Please allow us to use extension toolbar like chromium based browsers.

AshenPaladin
Making moves

I fully agree. I don't usually use progressive web apps, but every once in a while I find a situation where I need to use one, and my only choice is to use a Chromium browser for it, something that I really dislike.

Pedro
Making moves

Although opening the website gives you almost the same experience, both Google and Microsoft are pushing PWAs really hard and even allowing them to be seen as installed apps in the operating system. They don't bring a huge amount of value, but they are the kind of feature that turns people really off if they can't use them as they are supposed to be experienced.

dix_huit
New member

I'd also like to see PWA support return to Firefox, as a PWA user & developer using Firefox as a daily driver.

ultraviolet
Making moves

Would love is implemented in Firefox 

Anonymous
Not applicable

Have to use chromium for my PWA's currently. Definitely an inconvinience.

decisoft
New member

I hate so much to have Ungoogled Chromium just for WhatsApp Web on my Linux machine, when I could use Firefox to make a PWA. Please, this is such an important feature to not have it.

sfink
Employee
Employee

Is it clear what "PWA support" means? Some pieces of PWA are still available on Firefox. Some aren't. Is there a clear description somewhere of what the PWA umbrella covers and what is or is not important?

Partly I'm wondering because although I voted for this bug, I realized I was only thinking of mobile. Desktop support is far less interesting to me personally (though generally speaking, it seems like it'd be a cool thing to have).

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1719080 leads to a number of links.

My impression is that the desktop feature is a fairly heavy feature to support. https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1602117 was the main bug for this, with https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1602117#c7 providing a list of pieces that were never implemented.

The strongest argument I see for desktop PWAs is for skipping an app store and pinning to the Windows taskbar.

I almost wonder if the best path for desktop would be some form of official support for https://github.com/filips123/PWAsForFirefox — as in, not trying to incorporate that, but adding it to continuous integration and otherwise trying not to break it?

israelfloresdga
Strollin' around

Having to use a Cromium browser to get this functionality is a sad thing as a Firefox user