Getting Started

Electron Forge is a complete tool for creating, publishing, and installing modern Electron applications.

The Basics

To get started with Electron Forge, we first need to initialize a new project.

Old-style NPM
npx create-electron-app my-app
yarn create electron-app my-app
Old-style NPM
# If you have npm >= 5 you should use the npx trick
npm i -g @electron-forge/cli
electron-forge init my-app

You should now have a directory called my-app with a ultra-minimal Electron app boilerplate inside. If you head into that directory and start up the app, you'll be all set to start developing.

cd my-app
npm start
# or with yarn: yarn start

Building Distributables

So you've got an amazing application there, and you want to package it all up and share it with the world. If you run the make script Electron Forge will generate you platform specific distributables for you to share with everyone. For more information on what kind of distributables you can make, check out the Makers documentation.

electron-forge make

Advanced Usage

Once you've got a basic app going and you can make distributables for it, you should check out the documentation on some of our more advanced features like: