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Class: BrowserView

Create and control views.

Note: The BrowserView API is currently experimental and may change or be removed in future Electron releases.

Process: Main

A BrowserView can be used to embed additional web content into a BrowserWindow. It is like a child window, except that it is positioned relative to its owning window. It is meant to be an alternative to the webview tag.


// In the main process.
  const {BrowserView, BrowserWindow} = require('electron')
  let win = new BrowserWindow({width: 800, height: 600})
  win.on('closed', () => {
    win = null
  let view = new BrowserView({
    webPreferences: {
      nodeIntegration: false
  view.setBounds({ x: 0, y: 0, width: 300, height: 300 })

new BrowserView([options]) Experimental

  • options Object (optional)


Returns BrowserView[] - An array of all opened BrowserViews.


Returns BrowserView | null - The BrowserView that owns the given webContents or null if the contents are not owned by a BrowserView.


  • id Integer

Returns BrowserView - The view with the given id.

Instance Properties

Objects created with new BrowserView have the following properties:

view.webContents Experimental

A WebContents object owned by this view.

view.id Experimental

A Integer representing the unique ID of the view.

Instance Methods

Objects created with new BrowserView have the following instance methods:


Force closing the view, the unload and beforeunload events won't be emitted for the web page. After you're done with a view, call this function in order to free memory and other resources as soon as possible.


Returns Boolean - Whether the view is destroyed.

view.setAutoResize(options) Experimental

  • options Object

    • width Boolean - If true, the view's width will grow and shrink together with the window. false by default.
    • height Boolean - If true, the view's height will grow and shrink together with the window. false by default.

view.setBounds(bounds) Experimental

Resizes and moves the view to the supplied bounds relative to the window.

view.setBackgroundColor(color) Experimental

  • color String - Color in #aarrggbb or #argb form. The alpha channel is optional.