System Requirements

Before you set up an environment for webOS Open Source Edition (OSE) development, make sure that you prepare the target device and systems that meet the following requirements.

Note
webOS OSE cannot be built directly on the target device. You must use a separate Linux machine that meets the Build System Requirements.

Target Device Requirements

A target device is a device that runs webOS OSE. webOS OSE is optimized for Raspberry Pi 3. To test apps and services on Raspberry Pi 3, we recommend that you prepare the following set of hardware and peripheral devices.

  • Raspberry Pi 3
  • microSD card (8 GB or larger) and microSD card reader device
  • HDMI-compatible monitor and cable
  • Input devices such as a keyboard and a mouse
  • Ethernet cable and internet connection

Build System Requirements

A build system is a computer that builds an image from webOS OSE source code. To build a webOS OSE image, you need a Linux machine. Building under Windows or macOS is currently not supported.

Operating System

webOS OSE can be built on the 64-bit version of Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS) releases, including:

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) 64-bit
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) 64-bit (Recommended)
Caution
We strongly recommend you NOT to use Linux virtual machine on Windows or macOS for building webOS OSE, as it may cause unexpected issues.

Hardware

Minimum requirementsRecommended
CPUIntel Core i5 dual-core with 4 threadsIntel Core i7 quad-core with 8 threads or higher
RAM8 GB16 GB or higher
StorageHDD with 100 GB of free disk spaceSSD with 100 GB of free disk space or more

Git

Before you start building webOS OSE, you need to set up Git on your build system.

Host Machine Requirements

On the host machine, you can flash the built image to the target device or use SDK tools for further development processes. You can use Linux, Windows, or macOS for the host machine.

Note
The build system (Linux machine) can be also used as a host machine for further development processes.

Operating System

Recommended version for each operating system are as follows:

  • Linux: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS or higher
  • Windows: Windows 7 or higher
  • macOS: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or higher

Software Tools

Prepare the following tools on the host machine.

Git

To use SDK tools properly, set up Git on your host machine.

Tools for Enact-based App Development

To develop an app using Enact library, you need to install Node.js. For information on the suitable version, refer to Enact Installation page.

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