Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System)
Welcome to Fuchsia! This document has everything you need to get started with Fuchsia.
sudo apt-get install texinfo libglib2.0-dev autoconf libtool libsdl-dev build-essential golang git build-essential curl unzip
Install the Xcode Command Line Tools:
Install the other pre-reqs:
# Install Homebrew /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)" # Install packages brew install wget pkg-config glib autoconf automake libtool golang
# Install MacPorts # See https://guide.macports.org/chunked/installing.macports.html port install autoconf automake libtool libpixman pkgconfig glib2
goma is installed on your machine for faster builds.
Get the Fuchsia source and then return to this document.
If you added
.jiri_root/bin to your path as part of getting the source code, the
fx command should already be in your path. If not, the command is also available as
fx set x86-64 fx full-build
The first command selects the build configuration you wish to build and generates the build system itself in an output directory (e.g.,
The second command actually executes the build, transforming the source code in build products. If you modify the source tree, you can do an incremental build by re-running the
fx full-build command alone.
Alternatively, you can use the underlying build system directly.
By default you will get a x86-64 debug build. You can skip this section unless you want something else.
fset-usage to see a list of build options. Some examples:
fx set x86-64 # x86-64 debug build fx set arm64 # arm64 debug build fx set x86-64 --release # x86-64 release build
ccache accelerates builds by caching artifacts from previous builds.
ccache is enabled automatically if the
CCACHE_DIR environment variable is set and refers to a directory that exists.
goma accelerates builds by distributing compilation across many machines. If you have
goma installed in
~/goma, it is used by default. It is also used by default in preference to
To override the default behaviors, pass flags to
--ccache # force use of ccache even if goma is available --no-ccache # disable use of ccache --no-goma # disable use of goma
There are three options for booting Fuchsia on hardware: network booting (see below), booting from USB (see below), or installing Fuchsia on internal storage. In all cases you'll need to put some code on the target hardware, using a USB drive is a good option for doing this.
If you want to netboot or create a bootable USB drive, but not install Fuchsia, you can use the build-bootable-usb-gigaboot.sh script. If you plan to netboot, pass the
-f options to skip copying over the Zircon kernel and Fuchsia system images since the bootserver will supply these.
Once your hardware is configured, you can run
fx boot to start the bootserver.
If you don't have the supported hardware, you can run Fuchsia under emulation using QEMU. Fuchsia includes prebuilt binaries for QEMU under
fx run command will launch Zircon within QEMU, using the locally built
There are various flags for
fx run to control QEMU's configuration:
-msets QEMU's memory size in MB.
-genables graphics (see below).
-Nenables networking (see below).
fx run -h to see all available options.
To enable graphics under QEMU, add the
-g flag to
fx run -g
Note: Networking support within QEMU is only available under x86_64.
First, configure a virtual interface for QEMU's use.
Once this is done you can add the
-u flags to
fx run -N -u $FUCHSIA_SCRIPTS_DIR/start-dhcp-server.sh
-u flag runs a script that sets up a local DHCP server and NAT to configure the IPv4 interface and routing.
When Fuchsia has booted and displays the “$” shell prompt, you can run programs!
For example, to receive deep wisdom, run:
Fuchsia shows multiple tabs after booting. The currently selected tab is highlighted in yellow at the top of the screen. You can switch to the next tab using Alt-Tab on the keyboard.
Note: to select tabs, you may need to enter “console mode”. See the next section for details.
QEMU does not support Vulkan and therefore cannot run our graphics stack.
Most graphical applications in Fuchsia use the Mozart system compositor. You can launch such applications, commonly found in
/system/apps, like this:
Source code for Mozart example apps is here.
When you launch something that uses Mozart, uses hardware-accelerated graphics, or if you build the default package (which will boot into the Fuchsia System UI), Fuchsia will enter “graphics mode”, which will not display any of the text shells. In order to use the text shell, you will need to enter “console mode” by pressing Alt-Escape. In console mode, Alt-Tab will have the behavior described in the previous section, and pressing Alt-Escape again will take you back to the graphical shell.
If you would like to use a text shell inside a terminal emulator from within the graphical shell you can launch moterm by selecting the “Ask Anything” box and typing