Ubuntu WebApps is a new feature that will be added and tightly integrated with Ubuntu Unity by default starting with 12.10.

This technology will allow for websites to be integrated with Ubuntu Unity, and allow you to interact with them directly from your Unity Desktop.  This post will show you how to enable this technology in Ubuntu 12.04 and also embed a YouTube video to preview it.

When WebApps is enabled and you visit sites like Gmail, Facebook or Twitter, you’ll be prompted to integrate them into Unity.


  • Install and Preview the new Ubuntu WebApps in Ubuntu 12.04
  • Enjoy!

To enable this feature, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, add the below PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webapps/preview




Finally, run the commands below to update your system and enable WebApps

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install unity-webapps-preview




After installing, try accessing Facebook and you’ll get the prompt as shown below.




Now your favorites websites can be added to Unity Launcher.




Here is the YouTube video that will help you visualize it.



To disable WebApps, run the commands below


sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:webapps/preview