Run Web Applications on Linux Using Tangram Browser

Short: Tangram is a browser that aims to help you run and manage web applications on Linux. Let’s see how it works.

Even though we have native Linux apps available for several tools, many end up using web apps.

Perhaps in the form of an electronic app or directly through a web browser, native experiences are becoming an old-fashioned thing.

Of course, running web applications on any platform requires more system resources. And, since every department opts for a web-based approach instead of a native experience, we need solutions to manage web applications efficiently.

An open-source Linux application, Tangram, could be the solution.

Tangram: a browser designed to run web applications

You can choose to use some of the best Linux web browsers to run web applications. But, if you want something that focuses entirely on the web application experience, Tangram is an attractive option.

The developer was inspired by GNOME Web, Franz and Rambox.

You don’t get any fancy functionality, just the ability to change the user agent and manage the web apps you’ve logged into.

It can be used to access multiple social media platforms, chat messengers, business collaboration apps, and more.

Features of Tangram

tangram settings

Considering this is a minimal browser based on WebKitGTK, there isn’t much you can do here. To list some of the essentials, here is what you can do:

  • Rearrange tabs in the sidebar
  • Easily add any web service as a web application
  • Ability to change user agent (Desktop/mobile)
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Change the position of the sidebar (tab bar)

All you have to do is load a web service, log in, and click “Fact” to add it as a web application.

whatsapp tangram web app

Install Tangram on Linux

Tangram is available as a Flatpak for every Linux distribution, and you can also find it in AUR.

If you want to install it via the terminal, type the following command:

flatpak install flathub re.sonny.Tangram

You can refer to our Flatpak guide if you haven’t activated it on your system.

For more information, you can consult his GitHub page.

Have you ever tried this? Do you prefer web apps or native apps? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.