Making accessible applications is important and we're happy to provide functionality to Devtron and Spectron that gives developers the opportunity to make their apps better for everyone.

Accessibility concerns in Electron applications are similar to those of websites because they're both ultimately HTML. With Electron apps, however, you can't use the online resources for accessibility audits because your app doesn't have a URL to point the auditor to.

These features bring those auditing tools to your Electron app. You can choose to add audits to your tests with Spectron or use them within DevTools with Devtron. Read on for a summary of the tools.


In the testing framework Spectron, you can now audit each window and <webview> tag in your application. For example:

app.client.auditAccessibility().then(function (audit) {
  if (audit.failed) {

You can read more about this feature in Spectron's documentation.


In Devtron, there is an accessibility tab which will allow you to audit a page in your app, sort and filter the results.

devtron screenshot

Both of these tools are using the Accessibility Developer Tools library built by Google for Chrome. You can learn more about the accessibility audit rules this library uses on that repository's wiki.

If you know of other great accessibility tools for Electron, add them to the accessibility documentation with a pull request.

Manually enabling accessibility features

Electron applications will automatically enable accessibility features in the presence of assistive technology (e.g. JAWS on Windows or VoiceOver on macOS). See Chrome's accessibility documentation for more details.

You can also manually toggle these features either within your Electron application or by setting flags in third-party native software.

Using Electron's API

By using the app.setAccessibilitySupportEnabled(enabled) API, you can manually expose Chrome's accessibility tree to users in the application preferences. Note that the user's system assistive utilities have priority over this setting and will override it.

Within third-party software


On macOS, third-party assistive technology can toggle accessibility features inside Electron applications by setting the AXManualAccessibility attribute programmatically:

CFStringRef kAXManualAccessibility = CFSTR("AXManualAccessibility");

+ (void)enableAccessibility:(BOOL)enable inElectronApplication:(NSRunningApplication *)app
    AXUIElementRef appRef = AXUIElementCreateApplication(app.processIdentifier);
    if (appRef == nil)

    CFBooleanRef value = enable ? kCFBooleanTrue : kCFBooleanFalse;
    AXUIElementSetAttributeValue(appRef, kAXManualAccessibility, value);

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