Webflow Desktop / Offline Application

Create a desktop/offline version of Webflow, to be used when traveling or with bad internet connections.

  • Kyle Kilat
  • Dec 16 2016
  • Future
  • Wilson Impson commented
    January 17, 2017 21:09

    This would be a HUGE benefit for me! Living in the pine woods of Arkansas with a spotty Internet connection can be problematic.

    Maybe it would sync after regaining a strong network connection?

  • Naweed Shams commented
    January 18, 2017 00:17

    This would truly be a game changer! Especially as I'm working towards opening a physical design shop this year, my biggest worry is if AWS goes down and Webflow is unaccessible. The bigger plus is I can provide design services using only Webflow without a related backup website builder ;)

  • Mark Burlinson commented
    January 18, 2017 00:46

    It's call Offline Pages. Also check out Offline Kiosk - everything you need. No need to build it here.

  • Bobby Meeks commented
    January 18, 2017 21:26

    This was a huge reason we purchased Macaw - would love to see it implemented...

  • Oliver commented
    February 10, 2017 18:02

    I would avoid this option like the plague personally, It would be one hell of a lot of work and just doesn't sit well with the Webflow way of working.

  • Gonsalves Media commented
    April 07, 2017 20:00

    I would benefit from this HUGELY and I think it would make Webflow as a prototyping tool much stronger!

    I mean, I can code a site offline, why not build something in Webflow offline then test it when I get a connection?

  • Yuna Kim commented
    May 19, 2017 20:48

    This and an ability to import files from Sketch would be AMAZING! then I will def choose Webflow over other prototype tools!!!

  • Reacol commented
    May 22, 2017 04:39

    +1000

  • Frank Tocher commented
    May 23, 2017 20:37

    I live on hillside on a small Greek island. Internet is 4G, metered, from a mobile phone network. With limited monthly use, an OFFline version of Webflow would be more than useful, and would avoid busting my monthly data cap!

  • Bruno Morel commented
    June 05, 2017 16:52

    that should be a given nowadays guys...

  • James Bodington commented
    July 02, 2017 00:18

    This idea definitely deserves more attention. It would benefit a lot of users!

  • Damien Northmore commented
    July 25, 2017 18:39

    Considering the amount of time plugged into Webflow, seems crucial not to have any offline capabilities at all... other similar apps have solutions... even browser plugins.

    Heaven forbid I'm on a 12 hour flight, car ride or internet cuts out... kind of leaves you in the dark. 1000% wishlist.

  • Samuel commented
    August 14, 2017 23:08

    Webflow's stance on this https://forum.webflow.com/t/why-is-webflow-a-hosted-program/2700?u=samliew

  • D P commented
    September 27, 2017 22:24

    I would put all 15 votes in this category if I could. An absolute must!!!!

    Webflow is insanely slow once your site is bigger than a basic few pages. During a test at work my internet speed drops from over 40mb to 2mb when I use webflow and just click a button, which means no-one else can use the internet . It is waaaaaay to much of a bandwidth and memory hog. I sometimes wait minutes for it to perform a simple change and unfreeze.

    I have no idea why it needs to perform so slowly, surely everything can be stored locally and it is only the specific bit of code that is being updated that needs to be transferred each time, yet I wait while webflow is uploading and it crashes when the memory Webflow is somehow using gets over 2gb?! The developes I showed it were shocked at how it could possibly use that much bandwidth AND be so slow. Come on guys, either speed it up or get it offline.

    I would pay double to use this software offline! It just needs a few more basics like flattening classes, multiple copying and pasting, calc, custom breakpoints and the stupid rule of only allowing 100 static pages being removed (I'm being punished for not using CMS!) and then this software would be perfect and I know plenty of designers where it is just these simple features holding them back and allowing offline editing would seal the deal. I bet the webflow userbase would double overnight - and they wouldn't need any extra servers to run it!

  • D2C commented
    October 19, 2017 18:38

    We need this a lot ... for us webflow is very heavy and lagged. We need this soon.

  • Denis Tokarev commented
    November 07, 2017 19:50

    Wow! I've went through 80 pages of wishlist and didn't find this, so I've conceder to add an idea and found this! 

    It's definitely is a must, for example - something like Figma app, where you can load file/project, download it and work offline, when you've got back to wi-fi - changes uploads and project syncs with online application. Even better will be if it's possible to export code directly to local drive, so you'll be able to add it to your project or git repo from local machine, escaping these unnecessary process of exporting-downloading-uploading.

    I'd even prefer this feature to some code/css review/editor functionality, it's so important. 'cause if there will be offline version of app and exported code - I'll be able to edit and review it in any editor/IDE I prefer with lightning speed.

  • Daniel Alter commented
    November 10, 2017 21:17

    This would be amazing. I think Webflow team are worried that this might lead to more piracy though, as people would find hacks to export the code offline.

  • Philip Beckmann commented
    November 14, 2017 18:45

    It would also im prove security, that even if Webflow might go out of business. That you can still edit your old projects

  • Hamish Maclean commented
    December 07, 2017 05:06

    Native mac apps for website building are on the rise rapidly. Productivity from performance gains and poor connectivity could really benefit. I have just used webflow on a slower connection 4 / .8 and was not impressed. It makes sense from a backup control stand point too.  

  • D P commented
    22 Jan 01:22

    In response to the pirating comment, a simple way to stop people from downloading it and then staying offline to use it via piracy is to give the program a built-in time-limit, i.e. the user would just need to log in, say once a month to stop the program from freezing up. Just put a time-limit in and encrypt the timer with the decryption key held online. Job done!

    It's not exactly expensive anyway and you want the latest updates when it comes to the web, so I doubt many people would even bother with the effort of trying to pirate it instead of coughing up the pennies. Regardless the money made from the 95% of legitimate users would surely outweigh the few using it illegally.

    I pay for creative cloud monthly and can use that when I want, on or offline and it actually works, even on large files FAR bigger than webflow with no issues at all, if they can do it why can't webflow? On webflow on projects bigger than simple sites it is EXTREMELY slow and I end up on here looking for solutions daily. It would literally takes seconds to do things on a desktop version take minutes or hours on this cloud software! I would get back months and years of my life spent waiting for webflow to perform simple basic tasks., like selecting a div.

    Why webflow, why are you so slow? I have quick internet 200mb and i7, 8gb memory, SSD - and ALL other online programs work just fine with no lag at all, yet after about 10 minutes of normal use it then slows right down and it takes minutes to do simple things like just change the height of a div or even select a div, I don't care how big a project is, it shouldn't take so long to change a few basic lines of code, because that is essentially all it is really doing, basic stuff like that would take seconds on a desktop program despite the program somehow being so file heavy, it's painful and it's 100% a webflow issue. Pleeeeeaaaasssee webflow sort this out.

  • Josiah Kniep commented
    02 Feb 00:03

    Please add this feature. There have been so many times where the internet was bad and I could barely drag an element on a page. Make an option that allows us to not have to rely on the internet to built anything. Instead, use the computers' GPU—this would be awesome!!!

  • Stefan Fischer commented
    27 Feb 18:21

    Totally down for that!

  • Alex Do commented
    25 Mar 03:51

    +1

  • Frank Tocher commented
    27 Mar 15:09

    I live on a small Greek island, the only reliable internet being a via metered/limited connection via a mobile phone network. As a result, and online solution is not much use to me. An offline, downloadable version of Webflow would be of great interest.

    How about it?

  • Ulf Schuster commented
    28 Mar 08:45

    For me it's not the offline thing that matters. I'd rather want Webflow to be a FILE BASED design tool!

    Why do I have to start a subscription just to creat a mockup to test something or play around? Makes no sense to me.

    Just split webflow into a design tool and premium cloud services!

  • Thom Lambert commented
    28 Mar 13:15

    This would be a huge benefit - for all the reasons previously listed!

  • Zakk Kaye commented
    30 Mar 11:35

    I often used Adobe Muse in an environment with an extremely unreliable wireless network. I have been exploring Webflow and not being able to use it offline is the biggest reason I am not going to pay for a subscription yet.

  • Corvest Melissa commented
    06 Apr 09:35

    I was Muse user, I hesitate to buy the program because I do not like working on on-line software ( internet problem) and does not allow to have enough working ease. I shall buy the program once this feature will be made

  • Ellen commented
    16 Apr 00:30

    I live in a rural area where internet access can be sporadic. The other day I worked on a site, only to lose the internet connection and discover that none of my work was saved. It's maddening to be dependent on an internet connection when doing something that will result in a lot of wasted time if it can't be saved. It is also unnerving not to be able to keep workable hard copies of our sites locally.

  • OpenSail Digital Agency commented
    19 Apr 22:04

    This would be really nice to have.

  • Benjamin Mackert commented
    27 Apr 11:01

    This could also be the answer to the problem of having to download the webflow code in order to load it onto the own web server via 3rd-party FTP client. Perhaps individual updated files can be uploaded automatically, for example, based on the modification date.

  • Kexin xi commented
    17 Jul 09:01

    That'll be really helpful for those who work without Internet/in a place where the connection is always unstable

  • Alborz Heydaryan commented
    20 Aug 20:03

    I would vote against this feature. I'd like the web-flow team to focus on making the web platform better and better. offline apps like this will be irrelevant soon. Why branch the app and maintain different platform compatibility? 

    Please don't do this. 

  • Derek Long commented
    05 Sep 14:20

    Offline or not, I prefer native apps

  • Kumar commented
    11 Sep 12:09

    Not like muse!

  • Chris Gerber commented
    26 Sep 09:47

    Please do an offline mode for Webflow it would be really nice! 

  • Steven Meyer commented
    27 Sep 20:09

    This would be amazing for designing on the go on planes, trains, road trips (as the passenger), shotty connections, and while traveling in third world countries.

  • Cesar Abueg commented
    14 Oct 02:16

    Now that I've been traveling more and going to spotty places for internet...this is HUGE...please make it happen. Any updates on this?

  • Tim Zzzzz commented
    23 Oct 00:48

    I don't think people understand how many issues this would cause if more than one person is working on the same website offline using desktop apps. How would the changes sync? Whose changes would be kept and whose would be discarded? How would that be tracked? So many problems would arise. Please don't do this.

    People that want to do this must work individually rather than part of a team.

  • Timur Prokopiev commented
    24 Oct 14:04

    These online tools have a desktop app. It much more pleasant experience to have a native app even if it still requires being online.

    https://www.figma.com/downloads/

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gravit-designer/id1207744923?mt=12

  • Gorazd Planinc commented
    30 Oct 12:42

    pls

  • Alexandr Grishchun commented
    08 Nov 12:14

    This would be a huge benefit for me to!

  • Josh Paterson commented
    12 Dec 23:07

    Would die for this to happen.

  • Ngo Lap Nguyen commented
    13 Dec 17:34

    Please.