Explore Fuchsia

In Fuchsia, components are the basic unit of executable software. When a Fuchsia device or emulator is booted and displays the $ prompt in the shell, you can run components.

To try running an example component on your Fuchsia device, see Run an example component.

Run shell commands

Device commands in Fuchsia use the command dm. For example, to get a list of device commands, use the following command:

dm help

To reboot Fuchsia, use the following command:

dm reboot

See Connect to a target shell for more information on connecting to your Fuchsia device or emulator.

Write software for Fuchsia

FIDL (Fuchsia Interface Definition Language) is the Interprocess Communication (IPC) system for Fuchsia. For an example of writing FIDL APIs and client and server components, review the FIDL tutorials.

You can also read the FIDL concepts doc to get a brief overview of what FIDL is, including its design goals, requirements, and workflows.

Run tests

To test Fuchsia on your device, see Run Fuchsia tests.

Launch a graphical component

Most graphical components in Fuchsia use the Scenic system compositor. You can launch such components (commonly found in /system/apps) using the present_view command, for example:

present_view fuchsia-pkg://fuchsia.com/spinning_square_view#meta/spinning_square_view.cmx

See Scenic example apps.

If you launch a component that uses Scenic or hardware-accelerated graphics, Fuchsia enters the graphics mode, which doesn't display the shell. To use the shell, press Alt+Escape to enter the console mode. In the console mode, Alt+Tab has the same behavior described in Select a tab. Press Alt+Escape again to return to the graphics mode.

Contribute changes

To submit your contribution to Fuchsia, see Contribute changes.

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