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Intel(R) Platform Innovation Framework for EFI
EFI Development Kit II (EDK II)
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EDK II packages can be gathered from the following address:
The detailed introduction of these packages can be found in each package
description file. (The *.dec file under the package directory)
The most recent version of the setup instructions is available on the EDK II
Quick Start (Windows Development Platform)
In a command prompt window, change to the top-level directory of the EDK II
The first time the edksetup script is executed, it creates three files in the
%WORKSPACE%\Conf directory. The files: tools_def.txt, target.txt and
build_rule.txt, are only created if they do not exist, if they exist, they
are not touched.
First, set up your project workspace. If you have previously initialized this
WORKSPACE, and a newer version of the *.template files in
WORKSPACE\BaseTools\Conf exists, remove the *.txt files in the WORKSPACE\Conf
directory prior to running the edksetup script.
For the reference build of the Nt32 Platform emulation environment, use the
edksetup.bat option: --nt32. For building other platforms or modules, this
option is not required, as Visual Studio standard includes, libraries and/or
dlls are not required for normal development.
c:\MyWork\edk2\> edksetup --nt32
The default tool chain (named MYTOOLS) is pre-configured to use VS2008 for IA32
and X64 target architectures and DDK3790 for IPF target architectures. To use a
different tool chain, either modify the tools_def.txt file's MYTOOLS entries,
or modify the %WORKSPACE%\Conf\target.txt file's TOOL_CHAIN_TAG. The pre-defined
tags are listed near the top of the %WORKSPACE%\Conf\tools_def.txt file, below
the Supported Tool Chains comment.
Alternatively, you may use the build command's -t option to specify a different
tool chain tag name: build -t VS2008 ... , for example. Using this method will
require that you always use the build command's -t option. If you use 64-bit
Windows OS, you should use tool chain tag name with x86, such as VS2008x86.
Next, go to the module directory and begin to build. This example is for the
HelloWorld application.
c:\MyWork\edk2\> cd MdeModulePkg\Application\HelloWorld
c:\MyWork\edk2\> build
If you want to build the a module in another package (for example,
MdePkg\Library\BaseLib\BaseLib.inf), please edit the file
%WORKSPACE%\Conf\Target.txt first.
Change the following line
ACTIVE_PLATFORM = MdeModulePkg/MdeModulePkg.dsc
Then go to MdePkg\Library\BaseLib directory and type build:
c:\MyWork\edk2\> cd MdePkg\Library\BaseLib
c:\MyWork\edk2\> build
If you want build a platform, ACTIVE_PLATFORM must be set to your desired
platform dsc file, go to directory which must be not a module's directory, and
run "build" command.
Instead of changing Target.txt, you can specify platform, module and/or
architecture on command line.
For example, if you want to build NT32 platform, you can just type
c:\MyWork\edk2\> build -p Nt32Pkg\Nt32Pkg.dsc -a IA32
and if you want to build HelloWorld module, you can just type
c:\MyWork\edk2\> build -p Nt32Pkg\Nt32Pkg.dsc -a IA32 -m MdeModulePkg\Application\HelloWorld\HelloWorld.inf
Other helpful command line options of build tool include "-v" and "-d".
The "-v" option is used to turn on the verbose build, which provide more
information during the build. "-d <debug level 0-9>" option is used to
turn on the debug information which is helpful debugging build tools.
For more information on build options, please try "build -h" on command line.
The Windows style help option "/?" is not a valid option for the build
Supported build targets
all - Build whole platform or module. It can be ignored.
genc - Generate AutoGen.c, AutoGen.h and <ModuleName>.depex files only.
genmake - Generate makefiles in addition to files generated by "genc" target.
clean - Clean intermediate files
cleanall - Clean all generated files and directories during build, except the
generated Makefile files (top level and module makefiles)
cleanlib - Clean all generated files and directories during library build
run - Launch NT32 shell (only valid for NT32 platform)
Tools in Python
* Run build tool written in Python from source
It can be executed from its source directly as long as you have the Python
interpreter (version 2.5.4) installed. The source code is located at
build/ - The entry tool of build tools
"" steps:
1. Run "edksetup.bat"
2. set PYTHONPATH to the local directory of above source
4. Go to platform or module directory
5. Run "<python_interpreter.exe> <python_source_dir>/build/" or
"<python_source_dir>/build/" directly.
* Convert Python source to exe file
The tools written in Python can be coverted into executable program which can
be executed without Python interpreter. One of the conversion tools is called
cx_Freeze, available at:
If you have installed cx_Freeze at c:\cx_Freeze-3.0.3. Use the following
command lines to convert to a Windows executable.
set PYTHONPATH=<buildtools>\BaseTools\Source\Python
c:\cx_Freeze-3.0.3\FreezePython.exe --include-modules=encodings.cp437,encodings.gbk,encodings.utf_16,encodings.utf_8 --install-dir=.\mybuild
The generated .exe files are put in "mybuild" subdirectory.