18 Jun

Turn the VMware vSphere Web Client into a Mac App

I personally am not a a fan of having a ton of browser tabs open at the same time, or applications at all for that matter. I find it easier to navigate applications on my mac if they have a pretty little icon at the bottom of the screen. Additionally with OSX I’m a big fan of full screening applications and a three finger swipe to switch between items. I was looking for a solution a while back to this problem and found it.

For OSX, a pretty cool app is available that I have been using and best of all the basic version is free. Fluid (http://fluidapp.com/) lets you take websites and turn them into something that is more of an ‘application’. There is a decent user base for this as I’ve been able to simply Google a few problems I’ve had and resolve any issues as result of certificate issues or flash for example.

For 4.99 you get some additional premium features that I think are well worth the purchase price including the following:

-Create Fluid Apps with Separate Cookie Storage. (Preferences → Security → Cookie Storage)
-Pin Fluid Apps to the Mac OS X Status Bar. (Fluid App Menu → Pin to Status Bar…)
-Use Userscripts or Userstyles in your Fluid Apps. (Window → Userscripts)
-Use Lion Full Screen mode in your Fluid Apps. (View → Enter Full Screen)

As for creating the application for the vSphere Web Client there are few items you may need to consider, certificates and flash. I initially experienced a issue with ‘a blocked plugin’ and In my case I don’t use Safari, so it turned out I didn’t have flash installed. Additionally you will likely have certificate issues and fluid won’t allow you to proceed unless you go into Safari and accept the certificates for the websites. By default Fluid also seems to block pop-ups and you‘ll want to enable pop-ups for this app so you can see the console sessions as needed.


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