Platform Development Using IDE

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Tizen IDE

Tizen IDE is released with all SDK versions. Platform developers across the community can take advantage of using Tizen IDE as complete tool for Platform Development. The following method is for the Ubuntu Linux Version of Tizen IDE. Using Tizen IDE, one can do following (but is not limited to):

  • Compile Platform Modules directly from Tizen IDE by selecting appropriate architecture & rootstrap.
  • Browse and clone all existing git repos using IDE.
  • Update rootstrap automatically from IDE.
  • Minimize usage of terminal window by enabling Platform Development using IDE.
  • Perform all git operations from IDE itself (add, merge, push, create branch… and so on).
  • Perform debugging of modules inside IDE after building and updating rootstrap.

At present, Tizen 2.2.1 version is the current version in public and can be downloaded from


Supported OS Versions

Here are the excerpts from regarding supported OS versions for installing Tizen SDK.

  • Ubuntu® 12.04 or 12.10 (32- or 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows® XP (32-bit) Service Pack 2 or later
  • Microsoft Windows® 7 (32- or 64-bit)
  • Apple Mac OS® X 10.7 Lion (64-bit)
  • Apple Mac OS® X 10.8 Mountain Lion (64-bit)

The following method explains the installation procedure in Ubuntu® 12.04 LTS version. The installation method should be the same in other supported versions as well.


  • Make sure all typical installations are in place. Refer to this guide for details: developer-guide
  • Make sure latest GBS version is installed in the system. Otherwise execute the following commands:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gbs
  • Install the following two required packages using the commands below:
sudo apt-get install ruby
sudo apt-get install expect

IDE Installation

While installing IDE, in "Configure" tab, select "Custom" option, then select:

  • Platform Development option &
  • Platforms option

Not all components inside "Platforms" option are selected by default. Select the complete "Platforms" option for enabling IDE for platform development. Once installed successfully, one new category “Tizen Platform Project” appears in the project wizard.


Network Configuration

To enable git operation, you need to set proxy information, if the working PC is behind the proxy server. To setup the proxy go to Window Menu >> Preferences >> General >> Network Configuration. Select "Active Provider" as Manual. Set the HTTP & HTTPS proxy. Do not enter anything under SOCKS. By default it is selected, it should be empty without any proxy information.

Site Configurations

After setting up the network in IDE, you need to set the git server information. To set git server information, go to Window Menu >> Preferences >> Tizen SDK >> Platform >> Site Configurations. Click "Add" and enter "Name". The field "Git Base URI" should be in the form of "ssh://<your-id>". The "Location" field should be set with "". The "Location" field URI must point to the page where all git repo information is kept on the server. Tizen IDE downloads the git repo list into Tizen IDE for cloning. Press "Ok" and then click "Update" and wait. In this step,all git repo information will populate into Tizen IDE.

All git repos available of configured server at "File Menu >> New >> Tizen Platform Project >> Git" page.

Creating a Project

Cloning a Project

Once the update is successful, go to New » Tizen Platform Project menu option. If there is failure in the update, recheck Network Connection and Site configurations. To develop “EFL Application” or to create "New Project", click “Template”. Otherwise, open the "Git" tab. Select a project from the left pane. Give the project name, click "Finish".

The selected project is cloned from git. Repeat this step to clone more projects from git.

Changing the Snapshot Path

Post installation, IDE needs to point correct snapshots as per requirement. Select "Tizen Platform" perspective in IDE. Open Windows » Show View » Rootstrap View, if "Rootstrap View" window is not present. Right-click on any profile Emulator or Device in Rootstrap view to highlight "Manage Packages". Snapshot information is kept in "Manage Packages". Snapshot information can be edited and pointed to correct snapshot.

For Tizen 3.0 (armv7l) development, new rootstrap can be created using RD-PQ snapshot as follows. This is just one example. Any working snapshot can be used for generating rootstrap.

Click on the + (plus) sign on the right top of the Rootstrap View. Give name of this RootStrap view Paste in "Snapshot URL" text box and click "Search". It will automatically fill the "Architecture" based on Snapshot URL. Select the "Generate Immediately" check box and press OK. It will download packages and create the rootstrap.

Package Manager

In Package Manager, you can Add, Modify, Remove snapshot paths. Also, other operations with packages like Refresh, Upgrade, Install, Uninstall, etc., can be performed. In Package Manager, installed versions of all packages, as well as new version available on the server, are displayed in a table.

GBS Options Setting

To set the required GBS options, go to "Window Menu >> Preferences >> C/C++ Build >> Tizen Settings". Various GBS options can be selected or removed, as per project need.

Git Operations

To access the git operation menu, right-click on project and select "Team". All git operations like Switch to (branch), Commit, Pull, Merge, Push, etc., can be invoked from here.

Branch name is appended to the package project name for easy identification as follows: >appfw [appfw tizen] To switch to a different branch, right-click on Project -> Team -> Switch To -> New branch -> Source ref: Select appropriate branch from the list. A new branch can also be created from here.


Once the desired snapshot path is selected, the Package Manager can be closed. To select the required rootstrap, right-click on it and "Select". Alternatively, while selecting the "Active Build Configuration" of a project, the appropriate rootstrap automatically gets selected. If there are two or more rootstraps for a particular architecture, the appropriate rootstrap needs to be selected by right-clicking over it.

To build a project, first right-click on the project in the Project Explorer and select "Active Build Configuration". It will download all the required packages from server & build after that. Then right-click and select "Build Project".


There are inherent difference between debugging application and module. Application debugging can be performed just by launching it in debug mode. But for debugging module, first it needs to select source application to start debugging.

Steps to debug application in emulator environment

  1. Clone the required application in Tizen IDE and change to the required branch.
  2. Select the appropriate rootstrap from the "RootStrap View" window for the emulator.
  3. Build the project with proper Active Configuration.
  4. Set the required breakpoints in the code.
  5. Launch the application by right-clicking on the project and selecting Debug As >> Tizen Platform Project. It will open "Launch Configuration" window. Press "Next".
  6. In this step it updates the rootstrap with the current compiled version of application.
  7. Click "Remote Browse" and select the appropriate binary of the application under a remote bin directory.
  8. It launches the application and changes IDE to "Debug Perspective" for debugging.
  9. Set breakpoint will be hit, if it is in the execution path.

Steps to debug application in target environment

The above steps can be performed to debug applications in Target Environment, except:

  1. Select the device rootstrap.
  2. Select the proper "Active Build Configuration"
  3. Target should be connected to the PC, with the appropriate settings.

Steps to debug a platform module in the emulator/target environment

  1. Clone a platform module and change to the appropriate branch.
  2. Select the appropriate rootstrap from RootStrap View window for emulator/target.
  3. Build the project with the proper Active Configuration.
  4. Set the required breakpoints in code.
  5. For target debugging, make sure it is connected to the development PC.
  6. Launch by right-clicking on project select Debug As >> Tizen Platform Project. It will open the "Launch Configuration" window.
  7. Select the proper "Tizen Application Project" from the drop-down menu and press "Next".
  8. The rootstrap updates with the current compiled version of the module.
  9. Click "Remote Browse" and select the appropriate binary of application under remote bin directory, which actually use the platform module.
  10. This launches the application and changes IDE to "Debug Perspective" for debugging.
  11. Set the breakpoint to be hit, if it is in execution path or otherwise traverse to the breakpoint.

Tizen IDE is customized to enable all kinds of developments related to Tizen. Using IDE, one can develop all kinds of supported applications, as well as develop platform modules. To get more information, read the official documentation at Platform Development with the IDE