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The roku-guidelines-app really is a simple framework for building Roku applications rapidly. It contains most modules necessary for creating a roku application using scenegraph. The application follows a MVC architecture overall and we recommend that you follow a component oriented style of development on top of the MVC to make the application consistent, testable and extentable. The framework is built with optimization in mind and runs well on low end and high end devices a like.

Modules contained within the framework are

  • A http Module
  • Models
  • Services
  • Controllers
  • General Utilites - Type checks and low end device checks
  • Array Utils - Map, Filter, Reduce, Slice ..etc
  • File utility module
  • Registry Utility ( Local storage )
  • Focus Manager
  • UI components - Vertical Scrollview, UIDialog, UIButtons
  • Navigation Stack - History keeper
  • Deeplink Integration
  • Integrated Test Suite for general files and scenegraph components
  • make scripts deploying and packaging the application locally
  • Files for integrating CI. The CI used here is

Deploying the app locally

To deploy the app locally, you could use the make tool. Just make sure to run the make from command line on the right directory. You need to be on the same folder as where the make Makefile exists. You need to set these there parameters first to deploy on to the roku on the same network.

  export ROKU_DEV_TARGET=<<Your Roku IP>>
  export DEVPASSWORD=<<Your Roku Dev Password>>

  // This would be needed if to create the pkg file. Make sure to `rekey` the certificate
  onto the roku device if you are using an existing password that was generated on another roku hardware.

  export APP_KEY_PASS=<<Roku Signing Key Password>>

  // To Install the app locally
  make install

  // To Create a package locally
  make pkg

Running Tests

Once the app is deployed locally, you can get the tests running by passing this command from cURL or postman

Method : POST URL: <<YOUR ROKU IP>>:8060/launch/dev?RunTests=true

You can see the tests results on the debugging console.

Continous Integration

This project is integrated with concourse-ci for continous integration and deployment. The pipeline information can be found within pipeline.yml within the ci folder. The credentials.yml file is not included but a sample of what is needed can be found within credentials-example.yml.

The Pipelines at the moment is simple and straightforward. It contains two jobs.

  1. Deploy - Triggers on every commit to this branch. Deploys the application to the test device, runs tests and if tests succeeds. It creates a sideloaded build (*.zip) and uploads it to the s3 bucket.

  2. Package - Is manually triggered, This job does not run tests but rather creates a signed package file that can be sent over for certification or for updating the private channel.

Both these jobs run of the develop branch.

To Set up your own concourse pipeline just follow the steps below


Make sure to install fly CLI tools. This package can be downloaded from the ( This is our concourse-ci server ).

Login into the concourse-ci server and get the fly tools downloadable package.

To install fly tools. fly is a just a bunch of tools used to control and configure the concourse-ci server locally.

install ~/Downloads/fly /usr/local/bin

which fly - this should confirm the existence of fly tool

Login into Concourse Server Instance

fly --target ci login --team-name <<Team-Name-Set-On-CI-Server>> --concourse-url <<CONCOURSE-CI-SERVER-URL>>  --insecure

The target serves as key reference for future pipleline project manipulations The team-name is main


Create or Update an existing pipeline with credentials information

fly --target ci set-pipeline --config pipeline.yml --load-vars-from credentials.yml --pipeline roku-guidelines-app

Make sure to run this command from the directory that contains pipeline.yml and credentials.yml. If the pipeline does not exist on the server already, it simply updates it.

Doing all the above steps correctly should create new builds and packages and have them saved in s3 amazon bucket. The builds are all versioned by timestamp.

NOTE: The credentials.yml file contains all the important parameters such as Roku's IP, Dev password and the signing key for packages. Make sure that the roku device and the build server remain on the same network. Builds would fail otherwise.