NW.js v0.39.0 Released with Chromium 75 Upgrade


I'm excited to announce NW.js 0.39.0. It ships Chromium stable 75 upgrade. Node.js would be upgraded to v12.4.0 in later version.

In this release the nw.* API implementation is ported to new Chromium internal components (native API bindings for extensions). The previous non-native API binding mechanism was deprecated for performance in upstream. There shouldn't be any impact on your application code. After this refactoring is done, I'll start working on another refactoring to use native Chromium window implementation. It's been in nightly test for a while and would become the default mode in 0.40 or 0.41.

Chromium 75 contains usual under-the-hood performance and stability tweaks, but there are also some cool new features to explore. It supports low latency canvas contexts, sharing files, numeric separators and more. Please check Chromium blog for details. For a complete list of all features (including experimental features) in this release, see the Chrome 75 milestone hotlist.

We've made the 0.39 branch ready soon after Chromium beta bumps to 75. Thanks to the testers for their valuable feedback and bug reports. We've been working on 2 branches simultaneously: a released branch on current Chromium stable and a beta branch on Chromium beta.


SDK build:

Binary for other platforms: https://dl.nwjs.io/v0.39.0/

There are 2 builds for each platform - normal build, and SDK build. Normal build doesn't have devtools, only SDK build does. lt can be opened by pressing F12 (Cmd-Alt-I on OSX). SDK packages also have more development tools to be exposed in the following releases, as well as the NaCl support.

Our build infrastructure enables live binary build from git tip so you can access to the latest binary from https://dl.nwjs.io/live-build/

Known issues



See our mailing list to discuss on this release: https://groups.google.com/d/msg/nwjs-general/qnYhC2BNxOA/-bolDD_MBAAJ