Publishing to the Chrome Store
by Jon (Updated on 2014-01-29)
- Customizing the Page
- Testing Your App Locally
Stencyl supports publishing of its Flash games to the Chrome Web Store.
For the uninitiated, the Chrome Web Store is an app store that allows web apps and games to be “installed” to the user’s home screen in the Google Chrome web browser. The most successful apps so far have garnered millions of installs.
1) Select Publish > Web > Chrome Web Store from the main menu. You'll then get presented with the following dialog.
2) Fill in the details. You need to provide a name, description, version and both a 16x16 and a 128x128 PNG icon. These details will be saved, so you only have to enter them in once.
Export and Publish
Stencyl will now export a ZIP file, which you'll upload to Google's servers. We bounce you to Google's page, which explains the rest of the process.
In short, on top of the ZIP file we provide, Google wants you to...
- Enter in more details about your app.
- Provide screenshots of the app.
- Provide a promotional banner for the app.
- Specify whether the app is free or paid.
- Pay Google a one-time fee of $5 to publish.
How to Customize the Page
If you want to customize the look of the webpage that wraps your "app," just unzip the ZIP file and edit the enclosed HTML document. Rezip and republish.
How to Test Your App Locally
1) Publish the app through Stencyl, as detailed above.
2) Take the ZIP file and unzip it.
3) Launch Google Chrome.
4) Click on the Menu (Wrench Icon). Navigate to Tools > Extensions.
5) Enable the “Developer Mode” checkbox if it isn’t enabled.
6) Click “Load unpacked extension...” and select the folder for the app that you just unzipped in step (2).
7) Open a new tab. Click on the “Apps” button in the bottom bar. Your app should be there!