In Chrome there’s a way
to add shortcuts to ordinary sites (like dashboard.cypress.io
) as “apps”. Firefox calls these “site-specific browsers” but sadly they’re dropping
SSB and PWA support, while other Chromium-based browsers are making it more of a mainstay. Edge on Windows supports this feature and will soon
allow you to manage/uninstall those apps just like native ones.
Why would we do this? If you’re like me, you check on runs frequently throughout the day. You also have a lot of apps and Chrome tabs - like the dashboard - open (because you’re uber-productive). Hunting around for the dashboard either takes longer than it should or you have to navigate there every time.
Do this now (trust me):
- Open the Cypress Dashboard in Chrome
- At the top right, click More (⋮)
- Click More Tools
- Click Create shortcut
- Input Cypress Dashboard as the name for the shortcut
- Check the Open as window checkbox
- Click Create
Now getting to the Cypress Dashboard is as easy as opening and switching apps!
If you’re not familiar with the Dashboard or if you haven’t used it in a while, I suggest giving it a try - at least on the free tier. Check out the FAQ
if you have a question. Cypress has been making a ton of improvements on it as of late (and more
on the way), so it’s a worthy investment. I love it!