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neutralino.config.json

neutralino.config.json file contains the application configuration details. Every Neutralinojs app requires the following mandatory keys from the config file.

  • applicationId
  • url
  • defaultMode

Other configuration properties are optional and may have default values.

Primary#

The following configuraion values cannot be overridden in different Neutralinojs modes.

applicationId: string#

Unique string to identify your application. Eg: js.neutralino.sample

version: string#

Application version. Eg: 2.4.22

defaultMode: string#

Mode of the application. Accepted values are window, browser, and cloud.

General#

You can override the following configuration values from different modes. For example, you can use a specific URL in root-level and another URL in window-mode-level, as shown below.

{
"url": "/"
"modes": {
"window": {
"url": "/#window-mode"
}
}
}

port: number#

The port of your application. If the value is 0, Neutralinojs will use a random available port.

enableServer: boolean#

Enables or disables the background server (Disables static file servering feature and native API messaging). If you load a remote URL to the webview, you can set this option to false. Make sure to set this option to true if you load resources from local sources. The default value is false.

enableNativeAPI: boolean#

Enables or disables the native API. If you want to use any native API functions, you can set this option to true. The default value is false.

tokenSecurity: string#

Neutralinojs uses a client-server communication pattern with a local WebSocket to handle native calls. This local server is protected with an auto-generated token. This option defines the security implementation for the token.

Accepts the following values:

  • one-time (Recommended) : Server sends the access token only once, and the client persists it in the sessionStorage. If another client (Eg: browser) tries to access the app, NE_RT_INVTOKN error message will be shown instead of the application. Using this option is recommended since it reduces security issues.

  • none : Server sends the access token always, so any new client can see the application.

The default value becomes one-time if this setting is not specified by the developer.

danger

If you are using native APIs that can access your computer's internals such as os, filesystem, modules, never use none option since any new client can use those APIs.

url: string#

The entry URL of the application. Neutralinojs will initially load this URL. This property accepts both relative and absolute URLs. See following examples.

"url": "/"

The above config loads http://localhost:<port>/ URL initially (internally /index.html is loaded). You can use remote urls too.

"url": "http://example.com"

documentRoot: string#

Sets the document root for the static server. For example, if you need to use resources directory as the document root, you can use setup documentRoot as follows.

{
"documentRoot": "/resources/",
"url": "/"
}

Make sure to configure url properly with the document root. The following configuration is wrong, it instructs the static server to fetch resources from ./resources/resources.

{
"documentRoot": "/resources/",
"url": "/resources/"
}

However, you can use a sub-directory in URL, as shown below.

{
"documentRoot": "/",
"url": "/resources/"
}

exportAuthInfo: boolean#

Exports authentication details to the ${NL_PATH}/.tmp/auth_info.json file with the following JSON structure.

{
"port": "<port>",
"accessToken": "<access_token>"
}

You can use the above authentication details to connect with Neutralinojs from external processes by using WebSocket as an IPC mechanism.

enableExtensions: boolean#

Enables/disables extensions. Learn more about this option here

extensions: object[]#

An array of extension definitions. Learn more about this option here

nativeBlockList: string[]#

An array of native methods needs to be blocked from the frontend of the application. The wildcard character * is allowed inside entries.

{
"nativeBlockList": ["os.execCommand"],
"nativeBlockList": ["app.*"]
}

nativeAllowList: string[]#

An array of native methods needs to be allowed from the frontend of the application. The wildcard character * is allowed inside entries.

{
"nativeAllowList": ["os.getEnv"],
"nativeAllowList": ["storage.*"]
}

globalVariables: object[]#

A key-value-based JavaScript object of custom global variables.

logging.enabled: boolean#

Enables or disables the logging feature.

logging.writeToLogFile: boolean#

Enables or disables log file. If this setting is false, the framework won't write log to neutralinojs.log, and it will write logs to standard streams.

serverHeaders: object[]#

Custom headers for the static server and Websocket handshake process. For example, the following configuration sends a custom header with every outgoing HTTP response.

{
"serverHeaders": {
"Test-Header-Option": "Value"
}
}

Window mode#

The following configuration values are used when the application runs with the window mode.

modes.window.title: string#

Title of the native window.

modes.window.width: number#

Width of the native window.

modes.window.height: number#

Height of the native window.

modes.window.minWidth: number#

Minimum width of the native window.

modes.window.minHeight: number#

Minimum height of the native window.

modes.window.maxWidth: number#

Maximum width of the native window.

modes.window.maxHeight: number#

Maximum height of the native window.

modes.window.fullScreen: boolean#

Activates the full-screen mode.

modes.window.icon: string#

Application icon's file name. You can directly point to an image file in the resources directory. We recommend you to choose a transparent PNG file.

modes.window.alwaysOnTop: boolean#

Activates the top-most mode.

modes.window.enableInspector: boolean#

Automatically opens the developer tools window.

modes.window.borderless: boolean#

Activates the borderless mode.

modes.window.maximize: boolean#

Launches the application maximized.

modes.window.resizable: boolean#

Make the window resizable or not. The default value is true.

modes.window.hidden: boolean#

Make the window invisible. This setting can be used to develop background services.

modes.window.exitProcessOnClose: boolean#

If this setting is true, the app process will exit when the user clicks on the close button. Otherwise, the framework will dispatch the windowClose event.

Chrome mode#

The following configuration values are used when the application starts with the chrome mode.

modes.chrome.width: number#

Width of the chrome window.

modes.chrome.height: number#

Height of the chrome window.

modes.chrome.args: string#

Additional command-line arguments for the Chrome process. Read more about chrome mode from here

CLI#

The following configuration values are used neu CLI.

cli.binaryName: string#

Binary file name of your application. If it is myapp, all binaries will use myapp-<platform>_<arch> format.

cli.resourcesPath: string#

Path of your application resources.

cli.extensionsPath: string#

Path of your application extensions.

cli.clientLibrary: string#

Filename of the Neutralinojs JavaScript library.

cli.binaryVersion: string#

Neutralinojs server version. Get nightly builds by using the nightly tag.

cli.clientVersion: string#

Neutralinojs client version. Get nightly builds by using the nightly tag.

cli.autoReloadExclude: string#

A JavaScript regular expression to exclude files from the auto-reload file watcher. For example, the following configuration will disable auto-reloading for SASS stylesheets (.scss).

{
"autoReloadExclude": ".*\\.scss$"
}

Use | character to set multiple regular expressions, as shown below.

{
"autoReloadExclude": ".*\\.scss$|.*\\.less$"
}

cli.frontendLibrary: object#

Enables frontend development tools (HMR, etc) for the neu run --frontend-lib-dev command. Learn more about frontend framework integration from here