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Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) with Next.js

A Progressive Web App (PWA) is a web application that gives consumers a mobile app experience by leveraging contemporary web technology. PWAs are made to function on any platform or device—desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone—that has a browser that complies with standards.

Implementing PWA in a Next.js App follows some simple steps. It will help the next.js app to use offline. Here are the guidelines for adding Progressive Web Apps with Next.js.

Creating a Next.js App

The first and foremost step to begin with is creating a Next.js App. Use the following command and create a next.js app.

npx create-next-app app-name

As it is not an article on creating the next.js app, we will not discuss it in detail. If you want to read it in detail follow the link.

Install the next-pwa package

Now it’s time to add next-pwa package. This package is a Next.js plugin that enables Progressive Web App (PWA) features in your Next.js applications. Follow the process to add next-pwa to your project.

  • Run the following command to install the next-pwa
Yarn add next-pwa
  • Now configure the next-pwa in your next.config.mjs file. Add the following code on the next.config.mjs file for basic settings:
 import withPWAInit from "next-pwa";
const withPWA = withPWAInit({
dest: "public",

export default withPWA({
// Your Next.js config

The above code sets up a Next.js application with basic PWA capabilities using the next-pwa package. There are many more scopes to add here. You can visit the link for more information.

Create a manifest.json file

The next step is creating a manifest.json file. It is a simple JSON file that provides metadata for the PWA. It contains information such as the application's name, icons, theme colours, and other properties. This file is used by web browsers and platforms to present the application in a more app-like manner, especially when added to the home screen of a mobile device or desktop. Creating a manifest.json file is very simple. Just create the file inside the public folder and add the following codes. You can also use Simicart to generate the file.

"name": "PWA App",
"short_name": "App",
"icons": [
"src": "/icons/android-chrome-192x192.png",
"sizes": "192x192",
"type": "image/png",
"purpose": "any maskable"
"src": "/icons/android-chrome-384x384.png",
"sizes": "384x384",
"type": "image/png"
"src": "/icons/icon-512x512.png",
"sizes": "512x512",
"type": "image/png"
"theme_color": "#FFFFFF",
"background_color": "#FFFFFF",
"start_url": "/",
"display": "standalone",
"orientation": "portrait"

You can customize it according to your requirements.

Adding PWA metadata

Finally, we have to use this manifest.json file in the metadata. Go to app/layout,js file and add the manifest.json file into the metadata. A sample example is given below:

export const metadata = {
title: "Create Next App",
description: "Generated by create next app",
manifest: "/manifest.json",

Build and run PWA

yarn bulid

It will create two files in your public folder. These are sw.js and workbox-***.js

Now, run the project using the following code:

yarn dev

Open your web browser and navigate to localhost:3000. You should see an installable icon in the upper-right corner of the URL bar. You can find and start the application on your computer by simply clicking on this icon.

pwa image

Once you click the installable icon, a prompt to install the PWA app will be shown. Click the install button and the app will be installed. You can use it

pwa image

Upon successfully installing your PWA on your device, you can find and execute the app on your PC.

Customise .gitignore file

After the build, your project will create additional files in the public folder. These files are not necessary to add to GitHub. You can remove them from the version control. Add the following codes on the .gitignore file to remove them.


Congratulation! Now that you have everything you need, you can turn your Next.js website into an impressive Progressive Web App with Next.js. Cheers to your successful journey!
To start your journey of creating an awesome interactive PWA with Next.js contact StaticMania. Our dedicated Next.js PWA team will guide you all the way.