Getting Started Guide is broken

Hey guys,

the Getting Started Guide and the package.json manifest format is still broken.

If you follow the steps of the latest tutorial, you will get some errors:


  • How to start an nwjs App now, if not with the index.html as an entry point?
  • The nw binary assumes an index.js file as an entry point, otherwise the token “<!doctype …” will result in an error when loading an index.html as in older versions.
  • Is there a complete package.json example available with ALL possible settings?

When loading a folder directly via “nw /path/to/directory” you will get an [18624:18624:0812/] Failed to parse extension manifest. error without any clue on what’s going on or what the error actually is.

Version 0.16.1
OS Ubuntu GNU/Linux
Arch amd64
Self-compiled? No, used binaries from website directly.

Author: Fantashit

2 thoughts on “Getting Started Guide is broken

  1. Slight necro, but I have this on MacOS. (NW.js version 0.38.4)


      "name": "Test",
      "main": "index.html"


    <!DOCTYPE html>
        <title>Hello World!</title>
        <h1>Hello World!</h1>

    (Copy pasted from the getting started guide)

    Starting with nw . seems to work fine, but outputs the error in the terminal:

    [43051:775:0605/] Failed to parse extension manifest.

    Want me to create a new issue or should we keep it here?

  2. i think it would also be useful to explain how to install nw.
    It says on top of the Getting Started page where you can download it, but it never tells you what to do with it afterward. (or did i miss that?)
    Maybe even an example on how to install it using npm…?

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