kjhughes / pwa-starter

Welcome to the PWABuilder pwa-starter! Looking to build a new Progressive Web App and not sure where to get started? This is what you are looking for!

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Welcome to the PWABuilder pwa-starter! Looking to build a new Progressive Web App and not sure where to get started? This is what you are looking for! The pwa-starter includes everything you need to start building a production ready PWA and follows all best practices. You get:

  • lazy-loaded routes using @vaadin/router.
  • A 100 on Lighthouse, giving you a great starting point for performance and accessibility.
  • Use lit to build your PWA. lit gives you all of the developer experience of React with all the benefits of Web Components such as smaller bundles, simplicity and faster load times.
  • Includes the PWABuilder pwa-install component for an app store like PWA install experience.
  • Workbox for service workers along with the PWABuilder pwa-update component to give your PWA a great offline experience.
  • FAST Components for awesome, pre-built components using the Fluent Design Language.

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Getting Started

Supported Browsers

  • Edge
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari


You will need the following things properly installed on your computer.

You should also be familiar with TypeScript which we use for this project. This helps give you more guidance as you code from intellisense when using VSCode.

Recommended Development setup

We recommend the following tools for your dev setup:


Run npm install and then run npm run dev, the starter should open in your default browser. From here you can start developing, your changes will be rebuilt and reloaded in the browser as you develop.

Building for Production

Run npm run build, the dist/ folder will contain your built PWA. The production build will also generate a pre-caching service worker using Workbox.

Deployment and Packaging


Once your PWA is ready to deploy we recommend Azure static website hosting for deploying your PWA.


Many app stores, including the Microsoft Store and the Google Play Store support PWAs. To package your PWA for deployment to these app stores head back to https://pwabuilder.com/, put in your URL and hit Build My PWA.

Dual Screen support

The default layout of this starter is dual screen friendly. We do this here by using the CSS Spanning API to adjust the layout when the app is spanned on a dual screen device. As you start to build your PWA you can use these CSS features to ensure that your PWA looks good in all of the dual screen postures. For more info on developing PWAs for dual screen devices you can check out the Microsoft docs here.


Microsoft Graph Toolkit

The Microsoft Graph Toolkit is a collection of reusable, framework-agnostic web components and helpers for accessing and working with Microsoft Graph. The components are fully functional right of out of the box, with built in providers that authenticate with and fetch data from Microsoft Graph.


For Authentication you can use the PWABuilder pwa-auth web component. This component lets your users sign-in/sign-up using their Microsoft, Google, or Facebook account. Your app receives their email address, name, and profile picture. Built with ❀ by the PWABuilder team.

😎 Bonus: It's super lightweight, pulling in the authentication libraries only when the user tries to sign-in with one.

😎😎 Double bonus: It uses the new Credential Management APIs to speed through sign-ins without bulky pop-ups or redirects.

Folder Structure

β”‚   README.md (docs)
β”‚   rollup.config.js (bundler config https://rollupjs.org/)
|   tsconfig.json (TypeScript config https://www.typescriptlang.org/)
|   pwabuilder-sw.js (Service Worker https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/Service_Worker_API)
|   package.json (https://docs.npmjs.com/creating-a-package-json-file)
|   package-lock.json (https://docs.npmjs.com/files/package-lock.json)
|   manifest.json (web manifest https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Manifest)
|   index.prod.html (index.html file used for production builds)
|   index.html (index.html for dev builds)
|   *note*: The index.prod.html registers a service worker which caches assets, so index.html is used for dev builds
|   .gitignore (git config file https://git-scm.com/docs/gitignore)
└───src (most of your development will happen here)
β”‚   β”‚   global.css (used for global CSS styles and CSS variables)
β”‚   β”‚
β”‚   └───script
β”‚       β”‚
β”‚       |
|       └───components
|           |   header.ts (header component)
|       |
|       |
|       └───pages
|           |   app-index.ts (app-index component)
|           |   app-home.ts (app-home component)
|           |   app-about.ts (app-about component)


Welcome to the PWABuilder pwa-starter! Looking to build a new Progressive Web App and not sure where to get started? This is what you are looking for!



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