I am looking to run a couple web pages as desktop applications in Gnome shell. These are the requirements:

  1. It must run with Google Chrome.
  2. It must be available as a separate app icon when pressing Alt+Tab.

I have looked at a program called Webby, but it does not seem to use Google Chrome as the underlying browser. So far I created my .desktop file and have been able to get the application and icon to show in the launcher:

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=google-chrome-stable --app=https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox

This works and allows me to launch the application in a separate window, however, when I press Alt+Tab everything is still combined under the google chrome icon. I have tried creating a symlink as well for the exec path, this didn't work either. Anyone have any ideas?


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This might not be what you're looking for. But if you want to pin a Google Chrome website to the desktop as a web application you can do the following:

  • Click the 3 dots on the top-right corner
  • Click More tools
  • Click Create shortcut...
  • Select the Open as window checkbox

Hope I helped!

Chrome > Version 70

Update for new versions of Chrome, where no Open as window checkbox appears:

  • Click the 3 dots on the top-right corner
  • Click More tools
  • Click Create shortcut...
  • Click Create
  • Navigate to chrome://apps
  • Right-click on the new app
  • Click Open as window
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    And how do I remove this?
    – Gocht
    Dec 13, 2017 at 21:16
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    @Gocht you should be able to see apps created this way and remove them from chrome://apps/ Aug 6, 2018 at 16:34
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    The 'Open as window' does not show anymore (ubuntu 18.04). How can I force it? Oct 24, 2018 at 19:22
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    @ronenmiller Regarding your edit suggestion, it would be better to post a separate answer, and you can link to this answer if it helps.
    – wjandrea
    Oct 25, 2018 at 18:06
  • With chrome 72 In order to make it a full fledged app with separate icons and distinct entry in alt+tab, I had to go to chrome://apps right click on the app and choose 'create shortcuts' Feb 28, 2019 at 19:27

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