How to build Cheerp on Linux

Cheerp is composed of multiple components, they are somewhat interdependent and should be built together. The build instructions are provided for the stable release, Cheerp 3.0, or for the latest / development branch.

Scroll to bottom for the instruction for the latest version, or keep reading to build stable.

Prerequisites

We assume that you have git, cmake, python and a modern C++ compiler properly installed. Example, using apt-get:

Terminal window
sudo apt-get install cmake python3 python3-distutils ninja-build gcc lld git

Build stable version, Cheerp 3.0

Get the sources, stable version

You need to get all the sources first. Please define the CHEERP_DEST environment variable that will be used in various commands.

Terminal window
mkdir cheerp
cd cheerp
export CHEERP_DEST=/opt/cheerp
git clone --branch cheerp-3.0 https://github.com/leaningtech/cheerp-compiler
git clone --branch cheerp-3.0 https://github.com/leaningtech/cheerp-utils
git clone --branch cheerp-3.0 https://github.com/leaningtech/cheerp-musl
git clone --branch cheerp-3.0 https://github.com/leaningtech/cheerp-libs

Build Cheerp/1: compiler, stable version

Terminal window
cd cheerp-compiler
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" -S llvm -B build -C llvm/CheerpCmakeConf.cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DLLVM_ENABLE_PROJECTS=clang -G Ninja
ninja -C build
ninja -C build install
cd ..

By default Cheerp will be installed in /opt/cheerp, with the main executable at /opt/cheerp/bin/clang++. If you need write privileges to /opt/cheerp, then prepend all install commands with sudo.

Build Cheerp/2: utilities and libraries, stable version

Terminal window
cd cheerp-utils
cmake -B build -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" .
make -C build install
cd ..
cd cheerp-musl
mkdir build_genericjs
cd build_genericjs
RANLIB="$CHEERP_DEST/bin/llvm-ar s" AR="$CHEERP_DEST/bin/llvm-ar" CC="$CHEERP_DEST/bin/clang -target cheerp" LD="$CHEERP_DEST/bin/llvm-link" CFLAGS="-Wno-int-conversion" ../configure --target=cheerp --disable-shared --prefix="$CHEERP_DEST" --with-malloc=dlmalloc
make -j
make install
cd ..
mkdir build_asmjs
cd build_asmjs
RANLIB="$CHEERP_DEST/bin/llvm-ar s" AR="$CHEERP_DEST/bin/llvm-ar" CC="$CHEERP_DEST/bin/clang -target cheerp-wasm" LD="$CHEERP_DEST/bin/llvm-link" CFLAGS="-Wno-int-conversion" ../configure --target=cheerp-wasm --disable-shared --prefix="$CHEERP_DEST" --with-malloc=dlmalloc
make -j
make install
cd ../..
cd cheerp-compiler
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" -S runtimes -B build_runtimes_genericjs -GNinja -C runtimes/CheerpCmakeConf.cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE="$CHEERP_DEST/share/cmake/Modules/CheerpToolchain.cmake"
ninja -C build_runtimes_genericjs
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" -S runtimes -B build_runtimes_wasm -GNinja -C runtimes/CheerpCmakeConf.cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE="$CHEERP_DEST/share/cmake/Modules/CheerpWasmToolchain.cmake"
ninja -C build_runtimes_wasm
ninja -C build_runtimes_genericjs install
ninja -C build_runtimes_wasm install
cd ..
cd cheerp-libs
make -C webgles install INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" CHEERP_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST"
make -C wasm install INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" CHEERP_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST"
make -C stdlibs install INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" CHEERP_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST"
cd system
cmake -B build_genericjs -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE="$CHEERP_DEST/share/cmake/Modules/CheerpToolchain.cmake" .
cmake --build build_genericjs
cmake --install build_genericjs
cmake -B build_asmjs -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE="$CHEERP_DEST/share/cmake/Modules/CheerpWasmToolchain.cmake" .
cmake --build build_asmjs
cmake --install build_asmjs
cd ../..

Build latest version

This allows one to benefit from the latest developments and bug fixes, but we reserve the possibility of forward-incompatible changes.

Get the sources, latest version

You need to get all the sources first. Please define the CHEERP_DEST environment variable that will be used in various commands.

Terminal window
mkdir cheerp
cd cheerp
export CHEERP_DEST=/opt/cheerp
git clone https://github.com/leaningtech/cheerp-compiler
git clone https://github.com/leaningtech/cheerp-utils
git clone https://github.com/leaningtech/cheerp-musl
git clone https://github.com/leaningtech/cheerp-libs

Build Cheerp/1: compiler, latest version

Terminal window
cd cheerp-compiler
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" -S llvm -B build -C llvm/CheerpCmakeConf.cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DLLVM_ENABLE_PROJECTS=clang -G Ninja
ninja -C build
ninja -C build install
cd ..

By default Cheerp will be installed in /opt/cheerp, with the main executable at /opt/cheerp/bin/clang++. If you need write privileges to /opt/cheerp, then prepend all install commands with sudo.

Build Cheerp/2: utilities and libraries, latest version

Terminal window
cd cheerp-utils
cmake -B build -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" .
make -C build install
cd ..
cd cheerp-musl
mkdir build_genericjs
cd build_genericjs
RANLIB="$CHEERP_DEST/bin/llvm-ar s" AR="$CHEERP_DEST/bin/llvm-ar" CC="$CHEERP_DEST/bin/clang -target cheerp" LD="$CHEERP_DEST/bin/llvm-link" CFLAGS="-Wno-int-conversion" ../configure --target=cheerp --disable-shared --prefix="$CHEERP_DEST" --with-malloc=dlmalloc
make -j
make install
cd ..
mkdir build_asmjs
cd build_asmjs
RANLIB="$CHEERP_DEST/bin/llvm-ar s" AR="$CHEERP_DEST/bin/llvm-ar" CC="$CHEERP_DEST/bin/clang -target cheerp-wasm" LD="$CHEERP_DEST/bin/llvm-link" CFLAGS="-Wno-int-conversion" ../configure --target=cheerp-wasm --disable-shared --prefix="$CHEERP_DEST" --with-malloc=dlmalloc
make -j
make install
cd ../..
cd cheerp-compiler
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" -S runtimes -B build_runtimes_genericjs -GNinja -C runtimes/CheerpCmakeConf.cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE="$CHEERP_DEST/share/cmake/Modules/CheerpToolchain.cmake"
ninja -C build_runtimes_genericjs
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" -S runtimes -B build_runtimes_wasm -GNinja -C runtimes/CheerpCmakeConf.cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE="$CHEERP_DEST/share/cmake/Modules/CheerpWasmToolchain.cmake"
ninja -C build_runtimes_wasm
ninja -C build_runtimes_genericjs install
ninja -C build_runtimes_wasm install
cd ..
cd cheerp-libs
make -C webgles install INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" CHEERP_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST"
make -C wasm install INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" CHEERP_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST"
make -C stdlibs install INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" CHEERP_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST"
cd system
cmake -B build_genericjs -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE="$CHEERP_DEST/share/cmake/Modules/CheerpToolchain.cmake" .
cmake --build build_genericjs
cmake --install build_genericjs
cmake -B build_asmjs -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE="$CHEERP_DEST/share/cmake/Modules/CheerpWasmToolchain.cmake" .
cmake --build build_asmjs
cmake --install build_asmjs
cd ../..
cd cheerp-compiler/compiler-rt
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="$CHEERP_DEST" -B build -C CheerpCmakeConf.cmake -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE="$CHEERP_DEST/share/cmake/Modules/CheerpWasmToolchain.cmake" .
make -C build install # parallel builds do NOT work

Cheerp unit tests

Terminal window
cd cheerp-utils/tests
python run-tests.py /opt/cheerp/bin/clang++ node --all -j8

This command will compile and execute the Cheerp test suite.

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