Few cents about my commits

RoboVM MVP for Windows and Linux


Three month project is over and I can share the result. I built all missing components to make it able to develop iOS projects using Windows and Linux host.
First of all what it can’t:

  • There is no any simulator available (deploy to device only);
  • There is no Interface Builder alternative available, so UIKit UI can’t be developed. But you still can deploy it;
  • There is no TextureAtlass compiler, but you can attached third party one by using config;

What it can with limitations:

  • Codesign is limited to binary only, will not sign any embedded Frameworks (will be added soon);
  • Xib/Storyboard compiler is full of bugs and can produce only simple UIs (work in progress);
  • pngcrunch functionality not implemented as not required for MVP;

How this was done:
There will a technical post with detailed explanations, in two words following was done:

  • RoboVM adapted to be able use different approaches depending on OS;
  • Compiled libLLVM and LibMobileDevice;
  • Implemented code sign;
  • Collected toolchain utils replacement for MacOSX ones (linker, ibtool, actool, otool, lipo, dsymutil, strip etc);

Windows: iTunes has to be installed to provide usbmux layer


  1. Download and install MVP RoboVM Idea plugin. Once started you should see following screen:
  2. Install toolchain:
  3. UPDATE: there is homemade SDK available. Provide Xcode files. .tbl and device images are needed to run code. Its not allowed to distribute these files due copyright moments.
    • But you should be able to make a backup from your legal copy of Xcode with following script:
      rsync -avmL --include '*/' \
       --include='Developer/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/Developer/SDKs/iPhoneOS.sdk/**/*.tbd' \
       --include='/*.plist' \
       --include='Developer/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/*.plist' \
       --include='Developer/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/Developer/SDKs/iPhoneOS.sdk/*.plist' \
       --include='Developer/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/Developer/SDKs/iPhoneOS.sdk/System/Library/CoreServices/*.plist' \
       --include='Developer/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/DeviceSupport/10*/*' \
       --include='Developer/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/DeviceSupport/11*/*' \
       --exclude='*' /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/ Xcode.app   && zip -r xcode_app Xcode.app
    • copy backup xcode_app.zip to target platform, change dir to ~/.robovm/platform/ and unpack xcode_app.zip.
  4. At this moment there should be no red lines about xcode/toolchain and installation could be completed.

  5. Setup Provision profiles and signing certificates
    • Provision profiles shall be copied to ~/.robovm/platform/mobileprovision/ (create folder if required)
    • Certificates and private key shall be exported from keychain to .p12 file without password as described here and here, keychain. Put p12 files to ~/.robovm/platform/keychain/ (create folder if required)
    • Once these folders are set up provision profiles/certificates shall appear in “Run/Debug configuration”

At the end ~/.robovm/platform folder shall contain following structure (windows-x86_64 as example here):

|       robovm4windows.p12
|       robovm4windows.mobileprovision
|       actool.exe
|       arm-apple-darwin11-codesign_allocate.exe
|        ...
|       tapi.dll
|       xib2nib.exe
    |   Info.plist
    |   version.plist
                |   Info.plist
                |   ...

Run/Debug project same way as on MacOSX.