Tauri is a framework for building tiny, blazingly fast binaries for all major desktop platforms. Developers can integrate any front-end framework that compiles to HTML, JS and CSS for building their user interface. The backend of the application is a rust-sourced binary with an API that the front-end can interact with.
The user interface in Tauri apps currently leverages
tao as a window handling library on macOS and Windows, and
gtk on Linux via the Tauri-team incubated and maintained WRY, which creates a unified interface to the system webview (and other goodies like Menu and Taskbar), leveraging WebKit on macOS, WebView2 on Windows and WebKitGTK on Linux.
To learn more about the details of how all of these pieces fit together, please consult this ARCHITECTURE.md document.
If you are interested in making a tauri app, please visit the documentation website. This README is directed towards those who are interested in contributing to the core library. But if you just want a quick overview about where
tauri is at in its development, here's a quick burndown:
- Windows 7,8,10
- iOS (in progress)
- android (soon)
- App Icons
- Build on macOS (.app, .dmg)
- Build on Linux (.deb, AppImage)
- Build on Windows (.exe, .msi)
- Copy Buffer
- Device Notifications (toast)
- Self Updater
- App Signing
- Frameless Mode
- Transparent Mode
- Multiwindow Mode
- deeplink RPC (in progress)
- One-Time commands (coming soon)
- localhost-free (🔥)
- custom protocol for secure mode
- Dynamic ahead of Time Compilation (dAoT) with functional tree-shaking
- functional Address Space Layout Randomization
- OTP salting of function names and messages at runtime
- CSP Injection
- GH Action for creating binaries for all platforms
- VS Code Extension
- Tauri Core Plugins
- Update core dependencies automatically from the command line
- Rust-based CLI
|Installer Size Linux||3.1 MB||52.1 MB|
|Memory Consumption Linux||180 MB||462 MB|
|Launch Time Linux||0.39s||0.80s|
|Interface Service Provider||WRY||Chromium|
|Backend Binding||Rust||Node.js (ECMAScript)|
|Underlying Engine||Rust||V8 (C/C++)|
|Custom App Icon||Yes||Yes|
- Electron has no native auto updater on Linux, but is offered by electron-packager
Tauri is a system composed of a number of moving pieces:
- Git for code management
- GitHub for project management
- GitHub actions for CI and CD
- Discord for discussions
- Netlify-hosted documentation website
- DigitalOcean Meilisearch instance
- Node.js for running the CLI (deno and pure rust are on the roadmap)
- Cargo for testing, running the dev service, building binaries and as the runtime harness for the webview
- Rust for the CLI
- ECMAScript bindings to the Rust API, written in typescript
- Rust for bindings, rust side of the API, harnesses
- Rust plugins to Tauri backend
Tauri core can be developed on Mac, Linux and Windows, but you are encouraged to use the latest possible operating systems and build tools for your OS.
Before you start working on something, it's best to check if there is an existing issue first. It's also a good idea to stop by the Discord server and confirm with the team if it makes sense or if someone else is already working on it.
Please make sure to read the Contributing Guide before making a pull request.
Thank you to everyone contributing to Tauri!
Test all the things! We have a number of test suites, but are always looking to improve our coverage:
- Rust (
cargo test) => sourced via inline
- TS (
jest) => via spec files
- Smoke Tests (run on merges to latest)
- eslint, clippy
We recommend you read this article to understand better how we run our pipelines: https://www.jacobbolda.com/setting-up-ci-and-cd-for-tauri/
Tauri aims to be a sustainable collective based on principles that guide sustainable free and open software communities. To this end it has become a Programme within the Commons Conservancy, and you can contribute financially via Open Collective.
tauri is following Semantic Versioning 2.0.
Code: (c) 2015 - 2021 - The Tauri Programme within The Commons Conservancy.
MIT or MIT/Apache 2.0 where applicable.