But can we build a native desktop application using React? Yes! using Proton Native. What Proton Native does for desktop app development is similar to what React Native has done for mobile. It uses native components to build native cross-platform desktop applications.
So here we are going to discuss the steps in installing Proton Native on our Windows system.
1. Install Nodejs
In this tutorial, we are going to install Proton native using the Node Package Manager(NPM).
So first, it needs to install Nodejs on our system. NPM will be installed with Nodejs. The current stable version of Node.js can be downloaded and installed from the official website that is given below.
You can see two versions on the main page. The stable version and the latest version. The stable version is recommended for most users. Currently, 12.16.1 is the stable version of Nodejs and we need to download it.
It downloads an exe file to your system. Now install it on your system. If there is any doubt, the screenshots I provided below will help you.
1. Start the installation wizard – The first step is to start the installation wizard by running the installation file.
2. Accept the license agreement – Now accept the license agreement and click Next.
3. Choose the installation directory – AS default, the Node.js installed in the Program Files directory. If you are preferring another, it can be chosen from this step.
4. Select the features – We can customize the features to be installed with Node.js. But here, we don’t need to bother about it. Just click Next.
5. Install tools for Native Modules – In this step, you can optionally install tools like Python2, Visual Studio Build Tools, etc. Just skip and click Next.
6. Start installation – Now click the Install button to start Node.js installation.
7. Finish the installation – After a successful installation close the installation wizard by clicking the Finish button.
Now, verify Node.js and NPM are installed on our system. Open Command Prompt and check the Node and npm versions with the below commands. You can see the versions as it shows in the below image.
Note:- If you don’t know how to open Command Prompt, Press Windows key in your keyboard and search for “cmd”.
node -v npm -v
2. Install Proton Native
We have installed Nodejs. Now we can install Proton Native using Node Package Manager(NPM).
npm install -g create-proton-app
3. Creating a New Proton Native Application
After successful installation of Proton Native, we can now create a new project using create-proton-app.
We can combine the steps 3 and 4 with a single NPX( package runner tool that comes with NPM 5.2+) command.
npx create-proton-app awesome-project
4. Running Our App
Now enter into the project we have created and start our application with the commands below.
cd awesome-project npm start
This will open a new application window on our windows system.
Have a nice code!