Everything from low latency partial updates to the eInk display to multitouch, physical button and Wacom Digitizer input is now understood and their minimal to complete implementations can be found in this repository.
This repository implements a Rust library for providing these features.
piston backend might be created for
Remarkable, allowing the use of
conrod to simplify UI creation.
For further documentation see the wiki on this repository.
https://github.com/canselcik/RemarkableFramebuffer redirects to this repository for historical purposes.
Setting up the toolchain
In order to build
libremarkable and the examples (
demo), you'll need the toolchain from Remarkable. Download the installation script (rM2) and install the toolchain. You can find more information on the wiki.
You can then set up your Rust toolchain for cross compilation with:
rustup target add armv7-unknown-linux-gnueabihf.
In order for rust to leverage the toolchain a
.cargo/config file is required. This file can be generated using
gen_cargo_config.py. First the toolchain environment must be
sourced. Its location is can be found within the toolchain installation directory. The correct path is also referenced in the toolchain wiki.
After the environment is loaded the script will read the environment variables to generate the correct
.cargo/config file for your toolchain.
The resulting config file will look something like this:
[target.armv7-unknown-linux-gnueabihf] linker = "<toolchain_install_path>/sysroots/x86_64-codexsdk-linux/usr/bin/arm-remarkable-linux-gnueabi/arm-remarkable-linux-gnueabi-gcc" rustflags = [ "-C", "link-arg=-march=armv7-a", "-C", "link-arg=-marm", "-C", "link-arg=-mfpu=neon", "-C", "link-arg=-mfloat-abi=hard", "-C", "link-arg=-mcpu=cortex-a9", "-C", "link-arg=--sysroot=<toolchain_install_path>/sysroots/cortexa7hf-neon-remarkable-linux-gnueabi", ]
You can also add this snippet to the above file in order to default to cross-compiling for this project:
[build] # Set the default --target flag target = "armv7-unknown-linux-gnueabihf"
Building libremarkable and the examples
A simple Makefile wrapper is created for convenience. It exposes the following verbs:
examples: Builds examples
library: Builds library
all: library + examples
Testing libremarkable and the examples on the device
Makefile assumes the device is reachable at
10.11.99.1 and that SSH Key-Based Authentication is set up for SSH so that you won't be prompted a password every time. The following actions are available:
run: Builds and runs
demo.rson the device after stopping
start-xochitl: Stops all
demoinstances and starts
LD_PRELOADs it to a new instance of
xochitlafter stopping the current instance. This allows discovery of new enums used by official programs in calls to
Further build instructions for manual builds
If you choose to skip the
Makefile and call
cargo yourself, make sure to include
--release --target=armv7-unknown-linux-gnueabihf in your arguments like:
➜ rust-poc git:(master) ✗ cargo build --release --target=armv7-unknown-linux-gnueabihf ... Compiling libremarkable v0.1.0 (file:///home/main/Desktop/libremarkable) Compiling rust-poc v0.1.0 (file:///home/main/Desktop/RemarkableFramebuffer/rust-poc) Finished dev [unoptimized + debuginfo] target(s) in 24.85 secs
--release argument is important as this enables optimizations and without optimizations you'll be looking at ~70% CPU utilization even when idle. With optimizations, the framework runs really light, 0% CPU utilization when idle and 1-2% at peak.
Building this way does not require reMarkable's toolchain nor building on Ubuntu 16.04 with Docker so setting up should be easier.
cargo install cross. Make sure the reMarkable toolchain is not in use first.
To build, deploy and run the
make TARGET=armv7-unknown-linux-gnueabihf deploy-x-demo # This builds with # cross build --example demo --release --target=armv7-unknown-linux-gnueabihf # then deploys the demo
- Compile with
cross build --example demo --release --target=armv7-unknown-linux-musleabihf(or
- Run the demo:
Legacy C implementation
The first draft of
libremarkable was a C library, built while reverse engineering the tablet.
It's no longer maintained, but can be found on the