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ARGV in electron render process

October 03, 2020

Reading ARGV in electron is as simple as parsing the process.argv array from node, as long as reading the CLI arguments will be done only inside the main process of your electron app. Sometimes though you want to flip some switches inside the render process too, based on what’s passed in the main process’s argv. Maybe change some UI based on the passed in API environment or even use different endpoints and whatnot.

That’s the problem definition, which turns out is even longer than the solution itself.

Solution: use electron.remote.process

import electron from 'electron'

// ARGV from main process
console.log(electron.remote.process.argv)

So this is it. Nice and simple.


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