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SDK build tools

This directory contains templates and scripts used to build and consume SDKs in the Fuchsia GN build.


The build output of “an SDK build” is a manifest file describing the various elements of the SDK, the files that constitute them, as well as metadata.

Metadata includes the nature of an element (e.g. programming language(s), runtime type), its relationship with other elements (e.g. dependencies, supporting tools), the context in which the element was constructed (e.g. target architecture, high-level compilation options), etc...

The packaging of an SDK is a post-build step using this manifest as a blueprint.

A single build can produce multiple SDK manifests.


Individual elements are declared using the sdk_atom template. It should be rare for a developer to directly use that template though: in most instances its use should be wrapped by another higher-level template, such as language-based templates.

Groups of atoms are declared with the sdk_molecule template. A molecule can also depend on other molecules. Molecules are a great way to provide hierarchy to SDK atoms.

Declaring SDK elements

There are a few GN templates developers should use to enable the inclusion of their code in an SDK:

Some language-specific targets are also SDK-ready:

A target //foo/bar declared with one of these templates will yield an additional target //foo/bar:bar_sdk which is an atom ready to be included in an SDK.

Additionally, the sdk template should be used to declare an SDK.

Creating a custom SDK

Once elements have been set up for inclusion in an SDK, declaring such an SDK only takes a few steps:

  1. Identify the atoms needed in the SDK;
  2. Create a new SDK //my/api with the sdk template, regrouping the atoms and molecules that should be included;
  3. Add a new package file for the molecule:
  "labels": [

The package file can now be used in a standard Fuchsia build and will produce the manifest at //out/foobar/gen/my/api/api.sdk. A JSON schema for this manifest is available here.

Using a custom SDK in the build

By setting the export property to true on an SDK target, that SDK's contents become available in the build output directory and may be used for other GN targets to depend on. This is useful for example when building third-party code which would otherwise rely on an official SDK.

For an SDK declared at //my/api and marked as “exported”, an additional GN target exists: //my/api:api_export. This target will generate a usable SDK under out/<build-type>/sdks/<sdk-target-name>.

An exported SDK can also be declared as “old school”, in which case it will produce a sysroot with all the libraries in that SDK. Note that this is a temporary feature which will disappear once the third-party runtimes that need it have all been updated.