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Just Patrick
Just Patrick

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I made an App Store

Why

I love checking out new stuff, apps, apis, websites and such. And my obsession for trying out new stuff found me continuously visiting https://electronjs.org/apps. Its a website that allows people to browse apps made with electron. Developers add their apps by making a pull request to electronjs apps repo on Github. Every week there's always a new app added.

After visiting the website hundreds of times I started thinking why it wasn't an app store. I mean the general layout of it looks like an app store. At that time I was learning about reverse engineering closed apis and I thought it would be a fun project to build a desktop client for the website. On checking I saw that the api requests send back html which was not a problem as I had had some experience with parsing html from a previous project of mine FLB Podcasts. So I knew how to build it but I didn't really have time to do it. But last week I decided to take a break from building FLB Music and build it.

Where can I find it

I just pushed the alpha build yesterday so its only available here in the releases.

Features

  • Browse Apps from 10+ Categories
  • Search for apps by keyword and app name
  • Download .exe , .appimage ,.dmg and other file formats
  • Automatic Install for .exe files (.appimage soon, see roadmap)
  • Loads the app website if the ReadMe is absent for the app page

Screenshots

Some screenshots...
Explore Page
Download
App Page

Roadmap

  • Install apps without spawning the installer modal
  • Support installation of Appimages
  • Create a CLI that has the same functionalty
  • Encourage a Common ReadMe format from the app developers to have the app pages look more seeamless
  • Support for Youtube preview videos shown on the website

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Dennis Groß (he/him)

That looks amazing. The idea is also great to crawl through their html page to get all information you need for the app store.

I never thought about approaching personal projects from that ankle, awesome.

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Just Patrick Author

Thanks a a lot

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Moutasim EL Ayoubi

Good job, don't forget the dark modeπŸ˜‰

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Just Patrick Author

Its there πŸ˜…

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Moutasim EL Ayoubi

Great!

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Aatmaj

Wow! That was cool!

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をラン

This is awesome

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NAZIMUDHEEN TI

That's awesome

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vinChuli

This is inspiring for dreams just like me.

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capscode

This is pretty COOL....
Nice :)

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Dhaiwat Pandya

Awesome job

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Mike From CodeSpectre

This looks really great Patrick!

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Gilbertkitetu

Awesome

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Hamidou TESSILIMI

Well done πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

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Akhil

404 on the alpha build link.

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Just Patrick Author

Thanks. I've fixed it

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Pandademic

Great job!

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