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Autobuild is a framework for building packages and for managing the dependencies of a package on other packages. It provides a common interface to configuring and building any package, but it is not a build system like make or cmake. You will still need platform-specific make, cmake, or project files to configure and build your library. Autobuild will, however, allow you invoke these commands and package the product with a common interface.

Linden Lab Autobuild is not the same as or derived from GNU Autobuild, but they are similar enough to cause confusion. We regret this error.

Getting Autobuild

Autobuild is under active development, so it's recommended that you get the latest version and keep it up to date.

You should use Python 3.7+ for autobuild 3.x.

To install with the appropriate python package dependencies, use a tool such as pip or pipx:

pip install autobuild

depending on how your permissions are defined and whether or not you are working within a python virtualenv, you may need to adjust your system PATH.

Running Autobuild

Building the Viewer

See Building the Viewer with Autobuild

Changing or Adding Build Configuration Details


autobuild options sub-command

Supply zero or more options, and one sub-command.


Option Description
--verbose Display verbose output. Useful in diagnosing errors in your configuration.
--dry-run Run tool in dry run mode. This mode will print information about what would have been done. It is supported for most subcommands.
--help [command] Find all valid Autobuild tools and show help
--quiet Display minimal output
-V, --version Show version information for autobuild
--debug Display debug information; very very verbose, probably of interest only if you are modifying autobuild itself


Sub-command Description
build Build platform targets.
configure Configure platform targets.
edit Manage build and package configuration.
install Fetch and install package archives.
installables Manipulate installable package entries in the autobuild configuration.
manifest Manipulate manifest entries to the autobuild configuration.
package Create an archive of build output.
print Print configuration.
source_environment Print the shell environment Autobuild-based build scripts to use (by calling 'eval').
uninstall Uninstall package archives.

Background and Tutorials

Autobuild How To
A tutorial introduction to using autobuild
Autobuild Lexicon
A list of terms and how they are used in the context of autobuild
Autobuild Package Layout
Describes the standard directory tree for packages managed with autobuild
Autobuild Quick Start
A basic walkthrough of how to add autobuild management to an existing software project
Autobuild Class Model
Describes the fundamental objects in the autobuild design and the relationships between them.
Autobuild Examples
Links to packages built with autobuild.
Build Script Anatomy
An annotated build script typical of those used to build third party libraries.
Autobuild Shell Functions
A description of all shell functions provided by Autobuild for use in build scripts.

Contributing to Autobuild

Autobuild is open source. Improvements are most welcome.