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Current Limitations

These are things that I would like to fix eventually, but will currently stay, either because they are too hard to fix, I don't know how to fix them, or would require modifying the Firefox source. You can check the full list of issues on GitHub Projects page. I will appreciate any help to fix them.

All web apps are merged with the first one that was opened (macOS)

When some web app is already running, all newly launched web apps will merge with it and remain merged until all of them are closed. This will cause the app menu to display all web apps as part of the first web app that has been launched, with its icon and desktop actions.

This happens because Apple only allows a process to be associated with a single application at all times. Perhaps this could be solved by using an IPC link between a host process and the main Firefox runtime process, the same way the Firefox parent process handles its content processes. This is just a wild theory though and has to be investigated further.

This issue can be prevented by installing each web app into a different profile, which is the default behavior on macOS.

Check this comment and related discussions for ideas and possible solutions for fixing this. This problem is tracked as issue #81.

Extension cannot detect the native program when using sandboxed Firefox (Linux Flatpak)

When using Firefox distributed as a Flatpak package, the extension cannot detect the native program that is used. This is because Flatpak packages are sandboxed and cannot access/run other programs which is needed for Native Messaging API. This cannot be fixed until Native Messaging API gets support to work in sandboxed browser packages.

The workaround for this is to uninstall Flatpak-based Firefox and install a normal DEB package instead. See #76 for more details.

Previously, this problem was also present on Snap, but it has been fixed recently. If you still cannot detect the native program, you can check out the dedicated FAQ entry about common problems on Linux.

Web apps do not remember previous window positions and restore sessions

When multiple web apps are installed in the same profile, individual web apps do not remember their previous window positions and sizes. This makes it hard to automatically open a web app with s specific window position and size.

This happens because Firefox tracks window positions globally (per profile), and it is hard to change that using only UserChrome scripts. See #256 for more details.

The workaround for this is to install each web app into a different profile.