Close all Firefox windows (also this one!). Run
firefox -ProfileManager and add a new profile for your web application. You can then remove the tab bar in the preferences and all other disturbing GUI elements. Close everything and run the profile manager again to select your default profile this time. Now Firefox should start your default profile if you untick "ask everytime".
Then create a file
my_webapplication.desktop and create a launcher. This is an example for the Google calendar:
Exec=firefox -P gcalendar -no-remote
The icon should be better not firefox, but a path to a icon of your choice.
gcalendar is the profile name I chose before.
If your application is already open, opening this launcher again will result in an error. You can install
wmctrl and use this small script to run your web application:
# Is there any window with Google Calendar in the title?
if [ -z "`wmctrl -l|grep 'Google Calendar'`" ]; then
# No --> run it
firefox -P gcalendar -no-remote;
# Yes --> change focus to this window
wmctrl -a 'Google Calendar';
Well... I ḱind of gave up. Chromium is the easiest solution. Just click "Create application shortcut..." (in "Tools") and you're done. You'll find a *.desktop file in
~/.local/share/applications which can be customized.
You might want to customize the *.desktop file. E.g. docky does not recognize a Chromium web application as a different application, so the Chromium icon is displayed instead. You can change this behaviour using the WMClass as described here. But you will have to add also a parameter
--class=MyArbitraryChromiumAppname as discussed in this bug report. If you want to run Google Calendar your *.desktop file in
.local/share/applications/ should look like this:
Exec=/usr/bin/chromium-browser "--app=https://www.google.com/calendar/render?gsessionid=HERE_GOES_THE_SESSION_ID_CREATED_AUTOMATICALLY" --class=gcal
Note: you have to add
--class=gcal and set the property
StartupWMClass=gcal (you can choose any name instead of gcal).