The lycheeJS-ADK (App Development Kit) allows delivering non-JavaScript platforms via cross-compiling and a custom V8GL JIT runtime.
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lycheeJS-ADK (v0.5 pre-release)

Web Documentation:

The lycheeJS-ADK (App Development Kit) is the advanced build toolchain and environment for the lycheeJS Game library.

It also includes a custom V8-based JIT runtime with OpenGL, GLU and GLUT integration and custom data types for interaction and allows cross-compiling your JavaScript Games to different platforms via native executables or packages.


Please take a look at the lycheeJS Roadmap that also contains the roadmap of the lycheeJS ADK.


The lycheeJS-ADK is released under the GNU General Public License (GNU GPLv3).

An alternative licensed version is available at

Projects hosted in the ./external folder are licensed under different terms, so they (should) all have a license file included.

Development Environment

The recommended development environment is Ubuntu 12.04 64Bit with an underlying machine setup:

  • CPU supports either the complete amd64 or the intel64 (IA-32e, EM64T) instruction set.
  • GPU and installed driver supports OpenGL 2.1 (at least OpenGL 2.0).

How to verify the correct OpenGL version:

The installed OpenGL version should be higher than 2.1. You can verify the OpenGL version string of your graphics card by executing the following line in your shell:

$ glxinfo | grep "OpenGL version"

OpenGL version string: 4.2.11627 Compatibility Profile Context

Getting Started

Step 1: Download

You first need to download and install the required lycheeJS-ADK files, therefore you can choose of two methods:

Method 1: Cloning the git repository

git clone git:// ~/Desktop/lycheeJS-adk;

Method 2: Downloading via zip file

Download the zip file and unpack the contents inside the zip files' root folder it to your ~/Desktop/lycheeJS-adk folder.

(So that the adk script is located at ~/Desktop/lycheeJS-adk/adk)

Step 2: Setup

After you have plain installation of the lycheeJS ADK, you need to setup your environment and install the dependend libararies, development headers and such.

The setup process will require either apt-get or aptitude being installed on your system. If you choose to install lycheeJS via git, you will also need to manually install git via sudo aptitude install git.

	cd ~/Desktop/lycheeJS-adk;
	chmod +x ./adk; # in case you downloaded the zip file.
	./adk setup

Step 3: Your first native build

You can now start creating native builds.

The build process itself requires a few minutes at the first time, due to building all required V8 libraries and snapshots.

A simple start point of learning how to develop games with lycheeJS is to try out the code of the Boilerplate or the Jewelz Game.

So, you can build the Jewelz Game via:

	cd ~/Desktop/lycheeJS-adk;
	./adk clean && ./adk build linux ./external/lycheeJS/game/jewelz

Debug Builds

If you want to create debug builds, just edit the init.js of your game and uncomment the lychee.debug = true line. The V8GL runtime will be build in debug mode.

Step 4: Testing

After you followed the instructions of Step 3 you can now test the build via:

	cd ~/Desktop/lycheeJS-adk;