Symbian development on Linux and OS X

Symbian development on Linux and OS X


Since version 1.03 of my gnupoc package, I've combined SDK patches, updated tool sources and gcc patches into one (slighly larger) package, instead of distributing lots of patches separately. People interested in the old approach can read the old version of this page.

The main goal of this gnupoc patch collection is to be able to build symbian projects on unix-like systems with as little changes as possible to the actual projects. This means that it e.g. uses the same mmp files and external makefiles for icons as on Windows.

My patches and tools are based on the original GnuPoc project.

Using this package, you can build applications for S60 1st, 2nd and 3rd ed, and UIQ 3, on Linux and OS X. The SDKs can be unpacked and binaries and sis packages be built completely without wine.


  • Version 1.13 (March 31, 2009) - Updated the S60 5.0 SDK scripts and patches to the 1.0 version of the SDK, recently released, some minor fixes.
  • Version 1.12 (January 22, 2009) - Fixed compilation with gcc 4.3, integrated a fix for ar in both EKA1 and EKA2 gcc (needed on e.g. Ubuntu 8.10), fixed building DLLs on the S60 3.2 SDK (thanks to Jean-Yves Baudy for pointing this out), assorted fixes for S60 5.0, fix building of the EKA1 gcc on x86_64/linux, initial support for compiling context-sensitive help (requires wine), other misc fixes
  • Version 1.11 (October 3, 2008) - Initial support for S60 5.0
  • Version 1.10 (September 4, 2008) - compilation fixes for g++ 4.3 (thanks to Mrinal Kalakrishnan and Jakob Kemi for sending patches!), some minor new features implemented in signsis
  • Version 1.09 (March 31, 2008) - adds support for S60 3.2, and has some minor bugfixes and new features for the included tools
  • Version 1.08 (February 27, 2008) - fixes a lot of issues on OS X Leopard. Seems to work fine on most Leopard machines, if you experience problems please let me know.
  • Version 1.07 (December 04, 2007) - fixes a regression in compiling the EKA1 gcc
  • Version 1.06 (November 26, 2007) - fixed a bug in elf2e32 which prevented it from working on S60 3.1, fixed some compilation problems on FreeBSD, added an initial patch for the S60 3.2 SDK beta (but no installer script yet, since I haven't found a tool able to unpack the installer). Thanks to all who reported problems and helped solve them!
  • Version 1.05 (September 14, 2007) - a bugfix for signsis, deflate compression support for petran and elf2e32, build elf2e32 by default, an initial version of a svgt-binary encoder
  • Version 1.04 (September 2, 2007) - fixes for rcomp, petran and makesis for running on 64-bit linux, small bugfixes in mifconv and elf2e32, better error reporting in the new rcomp, completely new makesis for Symbian 9 SIS files, use unshield instead of i6comp.exe for extracting S60 SDKs
  • Version 1.03 (August 13, 2007) - support for UIQ 3.0 and 3.1, added most tools except gcc into the package, support for symbian 9 resources in rcomp, elf2e32 replacement, mifconv replacement, support for building the old GCC toolchain on OSX/intel
  • Version 1.02 (April 7, 2007) - calls external makefiles using wine, some more assorted bugfixes
  • Version 1.01 (March 5, 2007) - clarified the license, added instructions on doing a read-only installation of the SDKs, some other slight bugfixes
  • Version 1.0 (October 15, 2006) - initial release

Download the latest package above. First you'll have to install a toolchain for the SDK you want to use. For S60 1st and 2nd ed, you need the EKA1 toolchain, for S60 3rd ed and UIQ 3, you need the EKA2 toolchain.

Installing the EKA1 toolchain

In addition to the GnuPoc archive, you need the source to the modified gcc release (local copy).

Unpack the GnuPoc archive, enter the tools directory, and compile gcc using the install_gcc_539 script:

tar -zxvf gnupoc-package-1.03.tar.gz
cd gnupoc-package-1.03
cd tools
./install_gcc_539 ../../gcc-539-2aeh-source.tar.bz2 ~/symbian-gcc

If you want to have a compiler for the THUMB target, build that with the isntall_gcc_539_thumb script similarly.

Then you can install the rest of the tools. These aren't strictly necessary if wine is available, but recommended. (If omitted, the build scripts uses the exe versions in the SDK instead.)

./install_eka1_tools ~/symbian-gcc

Installing the EKA2 toolchain

In addition to the GnuPoc archive, you need CodeSourcery's GCC. For Linux, you can choose to download the binaries, for other platforms you can compile it from source. (There's also local copies of the Linux binaries and the source.)

To install the binaries, just unpack them:

mkdir csl-gcc
cd csl-gcc
tar -jxvf ../gnu-csl-arm-2005Q1C-arm-none-symbianelf-i686-pc-linux-gnu.tar.bz2

To compile it from source instead, unpack the GnuPoc archive and use the install_csl_gcc script:

tar -zxvf gnupoc-package-1.03.tar.gz
cd gnupoc-package-1.03
cd tools
./install_csl_gcc ../../gnu-csl-arm-2005Q1C-arm-none-symbianelf.src.tar.bz2 ~/csl-gcc

Then you can install the rest of the tools. These aren't strictly necessary if wine is available. (If omitted, the build scripts uses the exe versions in the SDK instead.)

cd gnupoc-package-1.03
cd tools
./install_eka2_tools ~/csl-gcc


After downloading the GnuPoc package above, you still need to get the SDK you want to use from Forum Nokia or UIQ Developer Community. The following versions are supported at the moment:

VersionFile nameInstall scriptComments
S60 1st Edition, FP1, WINSnS60_sdk_v1_2.zipinstall_gnupoc_s60_12
S60 2nd Edition, WINSs60_sdk_v2_0.zipinstall_gnupoc_s60_20Working emulator
S60 2nd Edition, FP1, WINSS60_SDK_2_1_NET.zipinstall_gnupoc_s60_21
S60 2nd Edition, FP1, CWS60_SDK_v21c_CW.zipinstall_gnupoc_s60_21_cwWorking emulator
S60 2nd Edition, FP2, WINSs60_2nd_fp2_sdk_msb.zipinstall_gnupoc_s60_26Working emulator
S60 2nd Edition, FP2, CWs60_2nd_fp2_sdk.zipinstall_gnupoc_s60_26_cwWorking emulator
S60 2nd Edition, FP3s60_2nd_sdk_fp3.zipinstall_gnupoc_s60_28
S60 3rd Edition, Maintenance ReleaseS60-SDK-0616-3.0-mr.3.749.zipinstall_gnupoc_s60_30
S60 3rd Edition, FP 1S60-SDK-200634-3.1-Cpp-f.1090b.zipinstall_gnupoc_s60_31
S60 3rd Edition, FP 2S60-3.2-SDK-f.inc3.2130.zipinstall_gnupoc_s60_32
S60 5th EditionS60_5th_Edition_SDK_v1_0_en.zipinstall_gnupoc_s60_50
UIQ 3.0UIQ3.0SDK.exeinstall_gnupoc_uiq_30
UIQ 3.1UIQ3.1SDK.exeinstall_gnupoc_uiq_31

(Everything is tested using Wine 0.9.15 and remote X to on OS X, things might work better or worse on other setups.)

Example on installing an SDK:

tar -zxvf gnupoc-package-1.03.tar.gz
cd gnupoc-package-1.03
cd sdks
./install_gnupoc_s60_26 ../../ ~/symbian-sdks/s60_26

The install scripts makes almost all files lowercase and patches the build scripts. The exception to the lowercase rule is the GLES include directory and libGLES_CM.lib, for compatibility reasons.

In order to use the SDK, you'll have to set the EPOCROOT environment variable to point to your SDK and add the toolchain directory and the epoc32/tools directory of the SDK to your PATH. This might be cumbersome if frequently switching between different SDKs. To ease that situation, you can install some wrapper scripts:

./install_wrapper ~/gnupoc

If you've installed the toolchains to other directories than mentioned here, edit ~/gnupoc/ and set EKA1TOOLS and EKA2TOOLS to point to where you've installed them. With these wrappers, you only have to have this single directory in your PATH, and depending on the EPOCROOT variable, the correct toolchain is included and scripts from the current SDK are called.

Wine setup

If you're going to use some tools through wine, you have to copy uidcrc.exe from the epoc32/tools directory in the SDK to a directory in the wine path, e.g. ~/.wine/drive_c/windows. By default, wine is only needed for using the windows compilers, but you might use it to run the original tools instead of the native replacements, if you have problems with the native ones.

If using external makefiles (as for building icons in 3rd edition) with wine, copy make.exe and mifconv.exe, too. make.exemifconv.exe from the 3.0 SDK, since mifconv.exe in 3.1 has some problems starting within wine. Note, this is only needed if omitting the extra EKA2 tools above. probably can be used from any SDK version, but you'll need

In order to build binaries for the emulator, you'll need a windows compiler. Unfortunately, these have to be copied from a real installation. (Perhaps it's possible to do the complete installation of them within wine?)

For the WINS compiler, I've used Visual C++ Toolkit 2003, set up according to this page. Just copy over the C:/Program Files/Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003 directory to e.g. ~/.wine/drive_c/msvcpp2003.

For the WINSCW compiler, you can install Carbide C++ from Forum Nokia. These instructions apply to Carbide C++ 1.0, for newer versions you might need to use slightly different paths. Copy C:/Program Files/Carbide/plugins/ to e.g. ~/.wine/drive_c/codewarrior.

These have to be added to the wine path. Edit ~/.wine/user.reg, and add this after the WINE REGISTRY Version 2 line:


(Of course, if you've already got a similar environment definition in that file, add it there instead.)

When using the CW compiler, you'll also need to add these variables to your unix environment (the perl build scripts need them, adding them to the wine environment isn't enough, and if set in the unix environment, they're also automatically available in wine):

export MWCSym2Includes="c://codewarrior//symbian_support//MSL//MSL_C//MSL_Common//include;c://codewarrior//symbian_support//MSL//MSL_C++//MSL_Common//include;c://codewarrior//symbian_support//MSL//MSL_Extras//MSL_Common//include"
export MWSym2Libraries="+c://codewarrior//symbian_support"
export MWSym2LibraryFiles="MSL_All_MSE_Symbian.lib;gdi32.lib;user32.lib;kernel32.lib"

Using it

After installing everything, you're able to compile things in the same way as on windows.

In order to compile most projects, the usage of upper/lowercase for filenames must be cleaned up somewhat. The install scripts clean up the usage of lower/upper case in the bundled examples (by forcing them to lowercase), so the should all be buildable directly. (Or at least it tries to, it might not work reliably in stranger examples.)

To build the hello world example on a S60 3rd edition SDK, do the following:

export PATH=~/gnupoc:${PATH}
export EPOCROOT=~/symbian-sdks/s60_30/
cd ~/symbian-sdks/s60_30/s60ex/helloworldbasic/group
bldmake bldfiles
abld build gcce urel
cd ../sis
makesis helloworldbasic_gcce.pkg helloworldbasic.sis

For 1st and 2nd edition, use the paths for those SDKs and build using abld build armi urel instead. The .pkg files for those examples are written for the THUMB target. Either update the .pkg file and replace all occurrances of thumb with armi or build them using abld build thumb urel (which requires that you built a thumb compiler).

On 3rd edition, all sis files must be signed before they can be installed. If you haven't already got a key and certificate pair, generate them:

makekeys -cert -expdays 3650 -password mykey.key mycert.cer

This will prompt for information to enter into the certificate, and create a certificate valid for 10 years. (To create a certificate without a password, just leave out -password. The makekeys tool included in this package has a similar but not identical syntax compared to the makekeys tool in the real SDKs.) Then sign the sis file using this certificate:

signsis helloworldbasic.sis helloworldbasic.sisx mycert.cer mykey.key

The newly generated .sisx file can then be installed on a device.

The version of makesis for Symbian 9 included in this package is also able to sign the package directly when creating it, using a built-in certificate. To use this feature, just add the command line parameter -c.


// Martin Storsjö ()

在linux平台下面开发Symbian S60应用程序

北京理工大学  20981  陈罡
    不可否认,偶是linux的fans(这是真的,偶的家人可以作证,家里的所有电脑和笔记本、iPod、Ps2、Psp、PDA、手机,都被偶装上了 linux。。。)。但是生活所迫,在公司的时候都要在M$的系统里面开发应用,感觉很不爽。开发symbian s60的手机应用已经有一段时间了,突发奇想希望试试能否在linux环境下面开发S60手机应用程序。于是乎google了一下,果然,即使这么一个小 想法也早有国外的“大拿”们捷足先登了。




mkdir ~/works/csl-gcc
cd ~/works/csl-gcc
tar -jxvf ~/down/gnu-csl-arm-2005Q1C-arm-none-symbianelf-i686-pc-linux-gnu.tar.bz2

(3)安装gnupoc和for symbian的arm-gcc工具链
cd ~/works
tar jxvf ~/down/gnupoc-package-1.11.tar.gz . 
cd gnupoc-package-1.11/tools/
./install_eka2_tools ~/works/csl-gcc

cd ~/works/gnupoc-package-1.11/sdks
./install_gnupoc_s60_31 ~/down/ ~/works/epoc_sdk/s60_31

./install_wrapper ~/works/gnupoc

export PATH=~/works/gnupoc:$PATH
export EPOCROOT=~/epoc_sdk/s60_31/

(7)好了,可以做实验了,编译一个hello world试试:
cd ~/works/epoc_sdk/s60_31/s60ex/helloworldbasic/group
bldmake bldfiles
abld build gcce urel
cd ../sis
makesis helloworldbasic_gcce.pkg

makekeys -cert -expdays 3650 -password mykey.key mycert.cer

signsis helloworldbasic_gcce.sis helloworldbasic_gcce.sisx mycert.cer mykey.key


# su -
# modprobe hci_usb
# modprobe rfcomm
# hciconfig hci0 up
  BD Address: xx:xx:xx:xx:68:9F ACL MTU: 192:8  SCO MTU: 64:8
  RX bytes:1860 acl:10 sco:0 events:88 errors:0
  TX bytes:1432 acl:10 sco:0 commands:52 errors:0
  Features: 0xff 0xff 0x0f 0x00
  Packet type: DM1 DM3 DM5 DH1 DH3 DH5 HV1 HV2 HV3
  Link policy: HOLD SNIFF PARK
  Link mode: SLAVE ACCEPT
  Name: 'xxxxxxxxx'
  Class: 0x000100
  Service Classes: Unspecified
  Device Class: Computer, Uncategorized
  HCI Ver: 1.1 (0x1) HCI Rev: 0x20d LMP Ver: 1.1 (0x1) LMP Subver: 0x20d
  Manufacturer: Cambridge Silicon Radio (10)

# hcitool scan
00:80:37:B5:A8:3A     T68i
00:0E:07:1C:AE:1D     Nokia N81

# l2ping -c 6 00:0E:07:1C:AE:1D
100 bytes from 00:0E:07:1C:AE:1D id 200 time 39.62ms
100 bytes from 00:0E:07:1C:AE:1D id 201 time 35.25ms
6 sent, 6 received, 0% loss

# sdptool browse local
# sdptool browse 00:0E:07:1C:AE:1D

$ cd ~/works/epoc_sdk/s60_31/s60ex/helloworldbasic/sis
$ obex_test -b 00:0E:07:1C:AE:1D 9  (这里的9代表的是通道号,蓝牙push的通道号是9)
Using Bluetooth RFCOMM transport
OBEX Interactive test client/server.
> c [回车,连接手机的蓝牙push服务]
Connect OK!
Version: 0x10. Flags: 0x00
> p helloworldbasic_gcce.sisx  [回车,开始发送蓝牙push]
PUT file (local, remote)> name=helloworldbasic_gcce.sisx, size=xxxxx
Going to send xxxxx bytes
Made some progress...
Made some progress...
Made some progress...
Made some progress...
Made some progress...
PUT successful!
> q [回车,退出]

sh <Mac> <Channel> <filename>

如果不出意外的话,应该在s60 3rd的机器上可以直接安装。

总 结一下,用上述方法可以为s60下至2nd上至5nd的所有sdk进行开发(这里需要提一点的是,在sdk的安装脚本中,已经把几乎全部文件名都变成了小 写,可能win32的开发者们有一些郁闷了),也支持UIQ2和UIQ3的开发,具体方法与上面的类似。由于没有模拟器,无法进行pc上的调试(也没有所 谓的abld build winscw udeb,这一点很郁闷了,可以以后考虑采用gdbserver和gdb利用蓝牙或数据线,在真机上直接调试)。
hoho,毕竟,gnupoc为许多“骨灰级”的玩家和开发者提供了一个很不错的开发symbian s60的方法。

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