Making Discord 2x Faster And Efficient On M1 Macs

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Discord is an Electron app. Electron apps are super portable and can run on every platform without having to change any code. However, Discord’s MacOS app doesn’t support ARM64 (Apple M1) CPUs natively, which means it has to go through Apple’s Rosetta 2, which allows x86_64 applications to run on ARM64 processors.

This introduces some graphical bugs and massively slows down the application, which makes it less responsive and use more battery than it should. Discord has neglected to create a ARM64 version of their app even after 6 months of M1 users asking for it, and probably won’t do it for the forseeable future.

This means we have to take the problem into our own hands. Luckily, there’s already a tool for making Electron apps from webpages, and it just so happens that Discord has a fully-functioning web app…

Enter Nativefier. Nativefier creates an Electron app from a webpage, which is already amazing, but it also allows us to inject our own code! This will allow us to imitate pretty much all features in the actual MacOS version and add them to our web version.

Time to get started. You will need:

  1. Open up a terminal

  2. cd to where you downloaded the icon and discord.js (probably ~/Downloads)

  3. Install Nativefier brew install nativefier

  4. Run the following command:
      nativefier \
      --background-color '#23272A' \
      --browserwindow-options '{ "fullscreenable": "true", "simpleFullscreen": "false" }' \
      --counter \
      --darwin-dark-mode-support \
      --enable-es3-apis \
      --icon discord.icns \
      --inject discord.js \
      --title-bar-style hiddenInset \
      https://discord.com/app
    
  5. Move Discord-darwin-arm64/Discord.app into your /Applications folder

  6. Run it!

Everything should work just like the desktop app, while being about 2 times faster.

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