Apr 13, 2023

How to make any website a PWA with PWABuilder

In today's digital age, users expect websites to load quickly and provide a seamless experience across all devices. Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are a new approach to web development that aims to bridge the gap between web and native applications. PWAs offer fast load times, offline support, and app-like experiences, making them a popular choice among businesses and developers.

If you have an existing website and want to turn it into a PWA, PWABuilder is the tool you need. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the process of making any website a PWA with PWABuilder.

Step 1: Install PWABuilder VS Code Extention

The first step is to install the PWABuilder VS Code extension. You can do this by navigating to the extension marketplace in VS Code and searching for "PWABuilder". Alternatively, you can install it via the link from here.

I recommend using this extension as it provides seamless integration with your existing project.

VS Code Extention PWABuilder

Step 2: Open your existing project in VS Code

Once you have installed the PWABuilder extension, open your existing project in VS Code. This can be done by selecting "Open Folder" from the File menu and navigating to your project folder.

Step 3: Generate a PWA manifest file

The next step is to generate a PWA manifest file. This file contains metadata about your PWA, such as its name, icons, and theme color. To generate a manifest file, follow these steps:

  1. Open the command palette in VS Code by pressing Ctrl + Shift + P (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + P (Mac).
  2. Search for "PWABuilder: Generate Manifest" and select it.
  3. Follow the prompts to configure your manifest file.

Once you have generated your manifest file, it will be automatically added to your project.

Step 4: Add a service worker

The final step is to add a service worker to your project. A service worker is a JavaScript file that runs in the background and allows your PWA to work offline and load faster. To add a service worker, follow these steps:

  1. Open the command palette in VS Code by pressing Ctrl + Shift + P (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + P (Mac).
  2. Search for "PWABuilder: Add Service Worker" and select it.
  3. Follow the prompts to configure your service worker.

Once you have added your service worker, your PWA is ready to be deployed.


In this blog post, we have shown you how to make any website a PWA with PWABuilder. By following these steps, you can turn your existing website into a fast, reliable, and engaging PWA that works seamlessly across all devices. Whether you are a business owner or a developer, PWABuilder makes it easy to create and deploy PWAs that meet the needs of your users.

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