- You need at least MacOSX 10.5
- Developer Tools from Apple from http://developer.apple.com/technology/xcode.html
Make sure that the LLVM GCC 4.2 compiler is installed.
Xcode 3 and Xcode4 should be fine.
You need to get git to clone VLC.
$ brew install git
Pay careful attention to remove any reference to 3rd party package managersfrom your environment. This is important to avoid conflicts between your package manager (homebrew, fink, macports...) and the contrib package manager we use to build our contrib.
git must still be accessible though!
$ unset PKG_CONFIG_PATH $ unset PKG_CONFIG_LIBDIR $ export PATH=/bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/local/bin
$ git clone git://git.videolan.org/vlc.git
Additional development tools
You need all the autoconf tools to build it correctly.
This is automated for you:
$ cd vlc/extras/tools $ ./bootstrap $ make
32 bits versus 64 bits and SDK selection
If you want to use the 10.6 SDK (your VLC will only run on 10.6 and more recent computers):
$ export OSX_VERSION=10.6
The instructions below will build a 64 bits binary using 10.6 (Leopard) SDK. This is reflected by using host and build variables x86_64-apple-darwin10.
This "triplet" is ARCHITECTURE-apple-SYSTEM.
x86_64represents Intel 64bits.
i686represents Intel 32bits.
powerpcrepresents PowerPC 32bits.
darwin9represents MacOSX 10.5.
darwin10represents MacOSX 10.6 and more recent.
- So to make a PowerPC build, you would use powerpc-apple-darwin9.
Build needed 3rd party libraries
$ cd ../../contrib $ mkdir -p osx && cd osx $ ../bootstrap --host=x86_64-apple-darwin10 --build=x86_64-apple-darwin10
If you want to download a prebuilt package of all the needed libraries.
$ make prebuilt
If prebuilt package for your host does not exist, or if you want to build from source
$ make -j4 .gettext && make -j4
If you had no errors, the 3rd party libraries (contrib) are built correctly and you can proceed to the next step.
Create configure and Makefile.in
$ cd ../.. $ ./bootstrap
Configure the build
$ mkdir -p build && cd build $ ../extras/package/macosx/configure.sh --help
To list the different options
$ ../extras/package/macosx/configure.sh --enable-debug --host=x86_64-apple-darwin10 --build=x86_64-apple-darwin10
To build a 64 bits binary.
$ make -j4
If you want to share the application with another user or another computer:
$ make VLC-release.app
If you want a disk-image:
$ make package-macosx
make package-macosx-plugin for the Safari/Mozilla plugin.
What's wrong, if I don't succeed?
Starting with Leopard, Xcode may be installed to a custom location on the administrator's choice. While this is non-problematic for ordinary Xcode projects, VLC needs a little help. You have to place extra symbolic links in /Developer pointing to your custom location for these folders:
usr, Headers, Private, SDKs, Tools, Makefiles
You can easily create these links by executing the following command for each folder (whereas theFolder is one of these six):
ln -s /full/path/to/Developer/theFolder /Developer/theFolder
Additionally, make always sure that you are using the latest version of Xcode.