December 23, 2019

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A library for building cross-platform native desktop applications with Node.js and CSS . For React NodeGui, visit:

repo name nodegui/nodegui
repo link
language C++
size (curr.) 11847 kB
stars (curr.) 4484
created 2019-05-14
license MIT License


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Build and Test status

Build performant, native and cross-platform desktop applications with Node.js and CSS like styling.πŸš€

NodeGUI is powered by Qt5 πŸ’š which makes it CPU and memory efficient as compared to other chromium based solutions like electron.

If you are looking for React based version, check out: React NodeGUI.

Visit: for docs.

How does it look?

More screenshots?

More Examples:


  • 🧬 Cross platform. Should work on major Linux flavours, Windows and MacOS.
  • πŸ“‰ Low CPU and memory footprint. Current CPU stays at 0% on idle and memory usage is under 20mb for a hello world program.
  • πŸ’… Styling with CSS (includes actual cascading). Also has full support for Flexbox layout (thanks to Yoga).
  • βœ… Complete Nodejs api support (Currently runs on Node v12.x - and is easily upgradable). Hence has access to all nodejs compatible npm modules.
  • πŸŽͺ Native widget event listener support. Supports all events available from Qt / NodeJs.
  • πŸ’Έ Can be used for Commercial applications.
  • πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ Good Devtools support.
  • πŸ“š Good documentation and website.
  • πŸ§™β€β™‚οΈ Good documentation for contributors.
  • πŸ¦ΉπŸ»β€β™€οΈ Good support for dark mode (Thanks to QT).
  • πŸ…First class Typescript support. (Works on regular JS projects too πŸ˜‰).

Getting Started


To install latest stable release:

npm install @nodegui/nodegui

To install the latest version available on master branch:

npm install

or a shorter version:

npm i

Community guides


Docs for contributing

It is easier than you think, try it

Looking to contribute? If you wish to implement a new widget/add more features and need help understanding the codebase, you can start here: Contributing developer docs.

Please read


npm run build

Optionally set QT_INSTALL_DIR='/path/to/qt' environment variable to build using your own version of Qt.


NodeGUI is an open source project and requires your support. If you like this project, please consider supporting my work by clicking on the Sponsor button on this Github repository or via Ko-Fi. Alternatively, Issues on NodeGui can be funded by anyone via Issuehunt and the amount will be distributed to respective contributors.

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This project follows the all-contributors specification. Contributions of any kind welcome!

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