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How to Use the Replit Desktop App

How to Use the Replit Desktop App

Dec 10, 2023

How to Use the Replit Desktop App

The Replit Desktop App integrates the convenience of a desktop application with the powerful features of Replit's online development environment. This guide will walk you through the process of downloading, installing, and using the Replit Desktop App to enhance your coding experience.

Downloading the Replit Desktop App

Supported Operating Systems:

  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Linux

Steps to Download:

  1. Go to the Replit website at
  2. Select the version compatible with your operating system (Windows, macOS, Linux).
  3. Download the installer to your machine.

Installation Process

  1. Locate the downloaded installer file on your computer.
  2. Double-click the installer to begin the installation process.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Starting the Replit Desktop App

  1. After installation, open the Replit Desktop App from your applications folder or start menu.
  2. Upon launching, you will be directed to a screen where you can:
    • Open a recent repl.
    • Import from GitHub.
    • Create a new repl from scratch.

Exploring the App's Features


  • The Replit workspace is similar to the web version, providing a fully featured IDE with comprehensive tools for development.
  • You can create, debug, manage, and deploy code all within the app.

Shortcuts and Customization:

  • Enjoy desktop-specific shortcuts that aren't available on the web, like Command + T to open a new tab or Command + W to close a pane.
  • Customize your workspace by moving windows and tabs around as you prefer.

Search and Filter:

  • Use the built-in search box to find files within your repls.
  • Filter results to show only your projects if needed.

Development Tools (DevTools):

  • Access the standard Chromium DevTools for debugging web views, familiar to many developers.
  • Utilize all resources and capabilities normally available in Chromium DevTools.

Multi-Window Functionality:

  • Open multiple windows to work on different repls simultaneously by clicking the "New Window" button.
  • This is particularly useful for client-server applications or working on group projects.

Deep Linking:

  • Copy and paste URLs to link directly to specific files in repls, allowing for more organized collaboration.

Using the Replit Desktop App for Development

  1. Click "Create a New Repl" to start a new project.
  2. Choose your desired programming language (e.g., Python, JavaScript, Node.js).
  3. Set privacy options, like making the repl private.
  4. Begin coding in the familiar Replit interface with all the added benefits of the desktop app.

Additional Tips

  • Stay connected to the internet to use the Replit Desktop App, as it requires an online connection.
  • Look out for more operating system-specific features that will be added to the app in the future.


The Replit Desktop App is designed for those accustomed to desktop development environments, offering a seamless and focused coding experience. By downloading and utilizing the app, developers can take advantage of powerful tools, convenient shortcuts, and multi-window support that can significantly improve productivity. Share your feedback and creations to help shape the future of the Replit Desktop App.


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