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Build Prerequisites:
* CMake[1] 2.8.8 or later is required.
* Perl 5.6.1 or later is required. On Windows, Strawberry Perl and MSYS Perl
have both been reported to work. If not found by CMake, it may be configured
explicitly by setting PERL_EXECUTABLE.
* On Windows you currently must use Ninja[2] to build; on other platforms,
it is not required, but recommended, because it makes builds faster.
* If you need to build Ninja from source, then a recent version of
Python[3] is required (Python 2.7.5 works).
* On Windows only, Yasm[4] is required. If not found by CMake, it may be
configured explicitly by setting CMAKE_ASM_NASM_COMPILER.
* A C compiler is required. On Windows, MSVC 12 (Visual Studio 2013) or later
with Platform SDK 8.1 or later are supported. Recent versions of GCC and
Clang should work on non-Windows platforms, and maybe on Windows too.
* Go[5] is required. If not found by CMake, the go executable may be
configured explicitly by setting GO_EXECUTABLE.
Using Ninja (note the 'N' is capitalized in the cmake invocation):
mkdir build
cd build
cmake -GNinja ..
Using makefiles (does not work on Windows):
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..
You usually don't need to run cmake again after changing CMakeLists.txt files
because the build scripts will detect changes to them and rebuild themselves
Note that the default build flags in the top-level CMakeLists.txt are for
debugging - optimisation isn't enabled.
If you want to cross-compile then there is an example toolchain file for
32-bit Intel in util/. Wipe out the build directory, recreate it and run cmake
like this:
cmake -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=../util/32-bit-toolchain.cmake -GNinja ..
If you want to build as a shared library, pass -DBUILD_SHARED_LIBS=1. On
Windows, where functions need to be tagged with "dllimport" when coming from a
shared library, define BORINGSSL_SHARED_LIBRARY in any code which #includes the
BoringSSL headers.
Building for Android:
It's possible to build BoringSSL with the Android NDK using CMake. This has
been tested with version 10d of the NDK.
Unpack the Android NDK somewhere and export ANDROID_NDK to point to the
directory. Clone into util/.
Then make a build directory as above and run CMake *twice* like this:
cmake -DANDROID_NATIVE_API_LEVEL=android-9 \
-DANDROID_ABI=armeabi-v7a \
-DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=../util/android-cmake/android.toolchain.cmake \
-GNinja ..
Once you've run that twice, ninja should produce Android-compatible binaries.
You can replace "armeabi-v7a" in the above with "arm64-v8a" to build aarch64
Known Limitations on Windows:
* Versions of cmake since 3.0.2 have a bug in its Ninja generator that causes
yasm to output warnings "yasm: warning: can open only one input file, only
the last file will be processed". These warnings can be safely ignored.
The cmake bug is
* cmake can generate Visual Studio projects, but the generated project files
don't have steps for assembling the assembly language source files, so they
currently cannot be used to build BoringSSL.