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Turn Your Favorite Web Apps into Real Mac Apps.

Web applications like Gmail, Facebook, Campfire and Pandora are becoming more and more like desktop applications every day. Running each of these web apps in a separate tab in your browser can be a real pain.

Fluid lets you create a Real Mac App (or “Fluid App”) out of any website or web application, effectively turning your favorite web apps into OS X desktop apps.

Creating a Fluid App out of your favorite website is simple. Enter the website’s URL, provide a name, and optionally choose an icon. Click “Create”, and within seconds your chosen website has a permanent home on your Mac as a real Mac application that appears in your Dock.

Fluid is free. You can download Fluid for free and create as many Fluid Apps as you like.

However, for $4.99, you can purchase a Fluid License which unlocks a few extra features:

  1. Create Fluid Apps with Separate Cookie Storage (You get this for free on macOS 10.12 Sierra). (Preferences → Security → Cookie Storage)
  2. Pin Fluid Apps to the Mac OS X Status Bar. (Fluid App Menu → Pin to Status Bar…)
  3. Use Userscripts or Userstyles in your Fluid Apps. (Window → Userscripts)
  4. Use Lion Full Screen mode in your Fluid Apps. (View → Enter Full Screen)

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Note on macOS 10.12 Sierra compatibility

Fluid 1.8.6 is fully compatible with macOS Sierra.

However, if you are a long-time Fluid user, you will need to download Fluid 1.8.6 and re-create the Fluid Apps you created with prior versions of Fluid. Due to a one-time issue, Auto-Updating prior Fluid Apps will not work for this update.

In the future, Auto-Updating the individual Fluid Apps you’ve created will once again work as expected.

One other note: in Sierra, Apple has made a change that forces all of your Fluid Apps to use Separate Cookie Storage by default. This is actually great news! You no longer have to purchase a license for this feature, and when running Fluid on Sierra or later, there is no longer an option to change this feature.

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