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=== Compilation ===
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You can simple compile ScummVM with running make:
You can compile ScummVM with running make:
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Revision as of 16:09, 30 March 2016

This page explains how to compile your own version of ScummVM using the iPhone backend.

Using XCode

TODO: Describe how to use XCode and create_project to compile for iOS using the official Apple toolchain.


Please note binaries generated with these instructions only work with jailbroken devices.

Toolchain Setup


First you need to set up a toolchain for cross-compilation. On our buildbot we use this toolchain. It is based on LLVM/Clang and contains instructions on how to set it up.

External libs

In the previously linked toolchain a script to compile all libraries used by the iOS version of ScummVM is contained. Please refer to the toolchain's README file on how to build them.

Building ScummVM


Before we can compile ScummVM we need to configure the source tree for building. This is usually only required once or when you want to alter build options.

Choosing an iOS target

We feature two different iOS backends:

  • iphone: Our legacy iOS backend, which supports all iOS3+ devices.
  • ios7: Our modern iOS7+ backend, which only supports iOS7+ devices but features better integration for these.

Depending on which backend you use you will need to use a different value for the TARGET environment variable.

  • For iphone use:
export TARGET=arm-apple-darwin9
  • For ios7 use:
export TARGET=arm-apple-darwin11

Setting up the Environment

export CPPFLAGS="-isystem $IOS_TOOLCHAIN_BASE/$TARGET/usr/include"

Where IOS_TOOLCHAIN_BASE contains the directory where you installed the toolchain. And TRAGET has been setup from the previous step.

NOTE: If you quit the shell you are using when configuring ScummVM and pick up compilation later, you will need to re-export only the PATH variable like described above.

Configuring the Build

Then configure ScummVM for the iOS version you want to target.

First, navigate to a path where you want your build files to be located (this can be the ScummVM root directory but does not have to be). Then run the following:

./path/to/scummvm/configure --host=ios7 --with-staticlib-prefix=$IOS_TOOLCHAIN_BASE/$TARGET/usr

Replace ios7 with iphone if you want to build the older version of our iOS backend.


You can compile ScummVM with running make:

make iphone

If you simply want to test whether changes you made compile but do not plan to use the binary for deployment you can also simply run make.

Please note that if you want to deploy ScummVM on your iOS device you will need to generate a bundle file. For this run either:

make ios7bundle

for the ios7 backend. Or

make iphonebundle

for the iphone backend.

Then simply upload the whole ScummVM.app directory to your device under the /Applications folder, and you're done!