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Tizen Web Simulator

The Tizen Web Simulator is a lightweight tool for developing mobile web applications. Extending the Google Chrome developer tools, it enables running and debugging web APIs for a variety of mobile platforms. It currently supports the Tizen 1.0 Web API.

The Web Simulator can be used in a variety of settings including by itself in stand-alone mode or with other SDKs and IDEs.

Install Google Chrome

The Web Simulator runs on the Google Chrome browser. To use the Web Simulator, you must first download and install Google Chrome on your development platform:

Use the Web Simulator with the Tizen SDK

If you are developing applications for Tizen, the Tizen SDK provides a full set of tools that includes the Web Simulator, in addition to the Eclipse-based IDE, integrated documentation, and full emulator. It enables developers to create applications within the Tizen IDE and run and debug them with the simulator. To download the SDK, go to the Tizen developer portal. For details, see the documentation link: Using the Simulator with the Tizen SDK.

Run the Web Simulator stand-alone

The Web Simulator is a nice complement to the web application developer's toolset. Using any web content editor or IDE of your choice, you can load and debug the content in the simulator, just as you would any web browser.

To start, launch Google Chrome with the following parameters. (Note that for these parameters to work, there must not be any other instances of Chrome running before starting).

--allow-access-from-files Allow the simulator Javascript APIs to access files on the disk (such as config.xml and the application icon).
--disable-web-security Allow the simulator to do cross domain requests (such as access map location on another server).

Security Note
Running one instance of Chrome with these parameters will affect all instances started afterward, even if running in separate windows. It is recommended that, after running the Web Simulator, you close all Chrome instances and restart to return to normal browsing parameters.


Starting Chrome with the above parameters is easiest from the command line:

$ google-chrome --allow-file-access-from-files --disable-web-security


  1. Modify the Chrome launch properties by right-clicking on the Chrome icon in the Start menu.
  2. In the Chrome Properties dialog, in the Target field, enter the parameters above, after the path to chrome.exe. Click OK to save.
  3. Start Chrome by double clicking on the chrome icon.

Starting the Web Simulator

The Web Simulator can be run either online or offline on Windows, Linux, and Mac.


Note: the Web Simulator can only be previewed online. You cannot load your own project using the online version, due to browser security restrictions.

Using Chrome, navigate to the following URL:

Online benefits: No download necessary. Accessible on any system that has Chrome.

Offline (Recommended)

The offline version of the simulator allows you to load your own project for running and debugging.

  1. Download the web-simulator (3MB).
  2. Unzip it to a known location.
  3. Navigate to the web-simulator directory and use the included script ( or simulator.bat) to launch Chrome and start the simulator.

Offline benefits: Able to load personal web projects. No network connection required. Faster performance.

Load your application in the simulator

Once the simulator is running inside of Chrome, you can open your application by entering the full path to your application's primary content file (such as index.html) in the simulator's (not chrome's) URL bar.