Make it installable

This glitch contains the web manifest with the required fields to make a Web App installable.

It also has an install button that is hidden by default.

Listen for the beforeinstallprompt event

When the browser fires the beforeinstallprompt event, that's the indication that the Web App can be installed and an install button can be shown to the user. The beforeinstallprompt event is fired when the app meets the installability criteria.

Capturing the event enables developers to customize the installation and prompt the user to install when they consider it is the best time.

  1. Click Remix to Edit to make the project editable.
  2. Add a beforeinstallprompt event handler to the window object.
  3. Save the event as a global variable; we'll need it later to show the prompt.
  4. Unhide the install button.


window.addEventListener('beforeinstallprompt', (event) => {
  // Prevent the mini-infobar from appearing on mobile.
  console.log('👍', 'beforeinstallprompt', event);
  // Stash the event so it can be triggered later.
  window.deferredPrompt = event;
  // Remove the 'hidden' class from the install button container.
  divInstall.classList.toggle('hidden', false);

Handle the install button click

To show the install prompt, call prompt() on the saved beforeinstallprompt event. Calling prompt() is done in the install button click handler because prompt() must be called from a user gesture.

  1. Add a click event handler for the install button.
  2. Call prompt() on the saved beforeinstallprompt event.
  3. Log the results of the prompt.
  4. Set the saved beforeinstallprompt event to null.
  5. Hide the install button.


butInstall.addEventListener('click', async () => {
  console.log('👍', 'butInstall-clicked');
  const promptEvent = window.deferredPrompt;
  if (!promptEvent) {
    // The deferred prompt isn't available.
  // Show the install prompt.
  // Log the result
  const result = await promptEvent.userChoice;
  console.log('👍', 'userChoice', result);
  // Reset the deferred prompt variable, since
  // prompt() can only be called once.
  window.deferredPrompt = null;
  // Hide the install button.
  divInstall.classList.toggle('hidden', true);

Track the install event

Installing a Web App through an install button is only one way users can install it. They can also use Chrome's menu, the mini-infobar, and through an icon in the omnibox. You can track all of these ways of installation by listening for the appinstalled event.

  1. Add an appinstalled event handler to the window object.
  2. Log the install event to analytics or other mechanism.


window.addEventListener('appinstalled', (event) => {
  console.log('👍', 'appinstalled', event);
  // Clear the deferredPrompt so it can be garbage collected
  window.deferredPrompt = null;

Further reading

Congratulations, you app is now installable!

Here are some additional things that you can do: