The Web Can Do What!?

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The Web Can Do What!?


The Web Can Do What!?

Showcase the incredible capabilities of the modern web by the Chrome for Developers team. As passionate web enthusiasts, our goal is to inspire creators to build better, more engaging, and innovative web experiences.

At the heart of this project is a commitment to openness, collaboration, and continuous improvement. We invite you to explore our site, learn from our examples, and join us in shaping the future of the web. Together, we can create a more accessible, efficient, and delightful online world for everyone.
The web can

Bring code from other platforms into the browser


With WebAssembly, you can compile non-JavaScript code to run with high performance directly in your web app.

The opportunity

Reusing code investments on the web

Developers building apps are often maintaining multiple codebases for each of the platforms they target, with the web needing its own unique codebase. With each platform, and each unique codebase added, the time invested and oversight needed essentially doubles. Today, the web has evolved the capability to support languages other than JavaScript to run performantly in the browser. This is where WebAssembly (Wasm) comes in — Wasm, a cross-browser standard, is a compile target which enables high-performance applications to run in the browser. It has many advantages that make it a great fit for companies to bring their native apps to the web.

Benefits of Wasm


Ensure a persistent user experience across touchpoints and browsers.


Developers can now write for the web in languages other than JavaScript.


Sharing code across deployments means code times can be cut back.


Offers more native-like reliability and performance.

Use Cases

Snap building across platforms

At the core of Snap’s user offering is a reliable, consistent, and fun way to communicate with your friends — no matter what device or platform they might be on. A couple of years ago, Snap set out to up performance, cut engineering costs, and reach new audiences while achieving a more consistent experience across browsers and operating systems. Snap’s team chose to go forward with C++ and WebAssembly to deliver the portability and performance that they need for features such as messaging. The result of re-using that single codebase has been stability across the iOS, Android, and web experience of Snapchat.

SnapChat screenshots with conversations and video call with filters

Using Wasm, Snap were able to bring Snapchat for Web quickly and easily

“Snap has a large C++ code base that is already bridged to our mobile apps through our tool. Having Wasm support meant our dev teams could use the tools they're familiar with and bring our code base to the web with little additional learning.”

— Li Feng, Sr. Software Engineer, Snap. Source

Beyond an enhanced end-user experience, there have also been significant business implications. Investing in a single yet flexible codebase has allowed them to develop new features, and change existing features with a relatively small team of engineers who own the core logic across all platforms. They no longer have to worry about managing different codebases, and are freeing up significant amounts of engineering resources to continue supporting the evolving needs of their users at an even faster pace. And Snap is just one case. Diverse product companies, from AutoCAD, Photoshop and Figma to Goodnotes and Unity have chosen Wasm to support their journeys to the web.

Getting started

WebAssembly is a web standard available across all major browser engines. Recently, Wasm added support for managed-memory languages including Dart and Kotlin.

Logos  for C++, Swift, Python, C#, Dart,  Java, Kotlin, Rust

Languages supported by WebAssembly

And there’s a growing list of Wasm libraries that you can use today to bring new functionality to the web.

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