Supported Command Line Switches

Command line switches supported by Electron.

You can use app.commandLine.appendSwitch to append them in your app's main script before the ready event of the app module is emitted:

const { app } = require('electron')
app.commandLine.appendSwitch('remote-debugging-port', '8315')
app.commandLine.appendSwitch('host-rules', 'MAP *')

app.whenReady().then(() => {
  // Your code here

Electron CLI Flags


A comma-separated list of servers for which integrated authentication is enabled.

For example:

--auth-server-whitelist='*example.com, *foobar.com, *baz'

then any url ending with example.com, foobar.com, baz will be considered for integrated authentication. Without * prefix the URL has to match exactly.


A comma-separated list of servers for which delegation of user credentials is required. Without * prefix the URL has to match exactly.


Disables NTLM v2 for posix platforms, no effect elsewhere.


Disables the disk cache for HTTP requests.


Disable HTTP/2 and SPDY/3.1 protocols.


Prevents Chromium from lowering the priority of invisible pages' renderer processes.

This flag is global to all renderer processes, if you only want to disable throttling in one window, you can take the hack of playing silent audio.


Forces the maximum disk space to be used by the disk cache, in bytes.


Enables caller stack logging for the following APIs (filtering events):

  • desktopCapturer.getSources() / desktop-capturer-get-sources
  • remote.require() / remote-require
  • remote.getGlobal() / remote-get-builtin
  • remote.getBuiltin() / remote-get-global
  • remote.getCurrentWindow() / remote-get-current-window
  • remote.getCurrentWebContents() / remote-get-current-web-contents


Prints Chromium's logging into console.

This switch can not be used in app.commandLine.appendSwitch since it is parsed earlier than user's app is loaded, but you can set the ELECTRON_ENABLE_LOGGING environment variable to achieve the same effect.


A comma-separated list of rules that control how hostnames are mapped.

For example:

  • MAP * Forces all hostnames to be mapped to
  • MAP *.google.com proxy Forces all google.com subdomains to be resolved to "proxy".
  • MAP test.com [::1]:77 Forces "test.com" to resolve to IPv6 loopback. Will also force the port of the resulting socket address to be 77.
  • MAP * baz, EXCLUDE www.google.com Remaps everything to "baz", except for "www.google.com".

These mappings apply to the endpoint host in a net request (the TCP connect and host resolver in a direct connection, and the CONNECT in an HTTP proxy connection, and the endpoint host in a SOCKS proxy connection).


Like --host-rules but these rules only apply to the host resolver.


Ignores certificate related errors.


Ignore the connections limit for domains list separated by ,.


Specifies the flags passed to the Node.js engine. It has to be passed when starting Electron if you want to enable the flags in the main process.

$ electron --js-flags="--harmony_proxies --harmony_collections" your-app

See the Node.js documentation or run node --help in your terminal for a list of available flags. Additionally, run node --v8-options to see a list of flags that specifically refer to Node.js's V8 JavaScript engine.


Set a custom locale.


Enables net log events to be saved and writes them to path.


Don't use a proxy server and always make direct connections. Overrides any other proxy server flags that are passed.


Disables Chromium sandbox, which is now enabled by default. Should only be used for testing.


Instructs Electron to bypass the proxy server for the given semi-colon-separated list of hosts. This flag has an effect only if used in tandem with --proxy-server.

For example:

const { app } = require('electron')
app.commandLine.appendSwitch('proxy-bypass-list', '<local>;*.google.com;*foo.com;')

Will use the proxy server for all hosts except for local addresses (localhost, etc.), google.com subdomains, hosts that contain the suffix foo.com and anything at


Uses the PAC script at the specified url.


Use a specified proxy server, which overrides the system setting. This switch only affects requests with HTTP protocol, including HTTPS and WebSocket requests. It is also noteworthy that not all proxy servers support HTTPS and WebSocket requests. The proxy URL does not support username and password authentication per Chromium issue.


Enables remote debugging over HTTP on the specified port.


Sets the path of the pepper flash plugin.


Sets the version of the pepper flash plugin.


Gives the default maximal active V-logging level; 0 is the default. Normally positive values are used for V-logging levels.

This switch only works when --enable-logging is also passed.


Gives the per-module maximal V-logging levels to override the value given by --v. E.g. my_module=2,foo*=3 would change the logging level for all code in source files my_module.* and foo*.*.

Any pattern containing a forward or backward slash will be tested against the whole pathname and not only the module. E.g. */foo/bar/*=2 would change the logging level for all code in the source files under a foo/bar directory.

This switch only works when --enable-logging is also passed.


Force using discrete GPU when there are multiple GPUs available.


Force using integrated GPU when there are multiple GPUs available.

Node.js Flags

Electron supports some of the CLI flags supported by Node.js.

Note: Passing unsupported command line switches to Electron when it is not running in ELECTRON_RUN_AS_NODE will have no effect.


Activate inspector on host:port and break at start of user script. Default host:port is

Aliased to --debug-brk=[host:]port.


Set the host:port to be used when the inspector is activated. Useful when activating the inspector by sending the SIGUSR1 signal. Default host is

Aliased to --debug-port=[host:]port.


Activate inspector on host:port. Default is

V8 inspector integration allows tools such as Chrome DevTools and IDEs to debug and profile Electron instances. The tools attach to Electron instances via a TCP port and communicate using the Chrome DevTools Protocol.

See the Debugging the Main Process guide for more details.

Aliased to --debug[=[host:]port.


Specify ways of the inspector web socket url exposure.

By default inspector websocket url is available in stderr and under /json/list endpoint on http://host:port/json/list.

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