Progressive web apps (PWAs)

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PWA advantages

PWA should be discoverable, installable, linkable, network independent, progressive, re-engageable, responsive, and safe. To find out more about what these mean, read Progressive web app advantages.

Google uses a helpful acronym for us to understand why PWA are so effective: FIRE – Fast, Integrated, Reliable, and Engaging. This acronym is itself a perfect explanation of why PWA is in trend amongst developers.

To find out how to implement PWA, consult the guides listed in the below section.

Core PWA guides

The following guides show you what need to do to implement a PWA, by examining a simple example and showing you how all the pieces work.

  1. Introduction to progressive web apps
  2. Progressive web app structure
  3. Making PWA work offline with Service workers
  4. How to make PWA installable
  5. How to make PWA re-engageable using Notifications and Push
  6. Progressive loading
  7. Collection of resources, codelabs and tools you need to build PWA by the team at
  8. Setting up your Progressive Web App Development environment

Technology guides


  • localForage — A nice simple JavaScript library for making client-side data storage really simple; it uses IndexedDB by default and falls back to Web SQL/Web Storage if necessary.
  • ServiceWorkerWare — An Express-like microframework for easy Service Worker development.
  • oghliner — Not only a template but a tool for deploying Offline Web Apps to GitHub Pages.
  • sw-precache — A node module to generate service worker code that will precache specific resources.
  • workbox — Spiritual successor to sw-precache with more advanced caching strategies and easy precaching.
  • upup — A tiny script that makes sure your site is always there for your users.
  • The service worker cookbook — A series of excellent service worker/push recipes, showing how to implement an offline app, but also much more.
  • PWA VS Code extension - A collection of all essential code snippets you need to build Progressive Web Apps right there in your VS Code environment.