Progressive Web App (PWA) For My Static Website

Progressive Web App is more and more popular recently [2]. According to my understanding, it is a way to turn your website into a mobile app, or at least make users feel your website is a mobile app on their smartphones.

So, how to turn my static website, which is the website you are visiting now, to a PWA? My requirement is very basic. I do not want to use any push notification or cache, and I just want users to have my website icon on their smartphones and click the icon to visit my website like a mobile app. After some investigations [1], it seems easy to achieve. The following are steps:

  1. Add meta tag to specify viewport: already done, since my website is responsive and this is added to the head of webpages long time ago.

  2. Web App Manifest: Modify the example provided in [1]

      "name": "Theory and Practice",
      "short_name": "T&P",
      "display": "minimal-ui",
      "start_url": "/",
      "theme_color": "#673ab6",
      "background_color": "#111111",
      "icons": [
          "src": "/extra/Dharma_wheel.png",
          "sizes": "538x538",
          "type": "image/png"
  3. Register a empty service worker: Also follow the example in [1], but note that put the sw.js (serviceWorker script) in the root path of your website, if you want to make your whole website in the app.

    The empty service worker code (saved as sw.js and put in the root path):

    /** An empty service worker! */
    self.addEventListener('fetch', function(event) {
      /** An empty fetch handler! */

    Load service worker in your webpage:

    navigator.serviceWorker && navigator.serviceWorker.register('/sw.js').then(function(registration) {
      console.log('Excellent, registered with scope: ', registration.scope);

The above steps is just enough to make my website behave like a app on smartphones. If you have similar requirement, follow the steps and make your website users more engaged!


[1](1, 2, 3) 🎉 Migrate your site to a Progressive Web App 🐲
[2]三巨头力捧的 PWA 有望在 2018 年迎来大爆发 - 开源中国社区
[3]Service Workers explained