WebCatalog: a free desktop app to use web services

If you use different online services, or you usually use web app through your browser (as indeed it should have to be done) and you have thought at least one time: “it would be nice if this were a real app“, well actually there is a solution. And you don’t have to turn to Nativefier.

It’s called WebCatalog and is a free, open source, cross-platform app that allows you to install on your computer those web apps you use most frequently. Would you rather have on your Taskbar or on your Dock the Amazon Prime Video icon to launch whenever you want to see a movie? Install WebCatalog and log in to Amazon from the list of apps available. Are you tired of browse Instagram from your phone? Installed its version for WebCatalog.

Basically, WebCatalog mimics a browser instance (in this case Chromium, the open source version of Google Chrome, based on WebKit). This way you can avoid log on to the service while online, lightening your browser processes workload. The services that you can access are a lot: Netflix, Mint, Medium, Overcast, Soundcloud, Amazon Music, Prime Video, and many others. For some we don’t understand why you should use WebCatalog instead of the officially dedicated app (for example Evernote, Basecamp, Hemingway, Spotify); for other, the convenience is clear.

The fact that it is open source and available to all on Git makes WebCatalog relatively safe – we don’t expect the developer to jeopardize the accounts of its users. If you want to try, you can download it from this link.

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