Swift - An elegant, secure, adaptable and intuitive XMPP Client
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Just run the file ./scons Swift on Linux, or ./scons Swift qt=/Users/username/Qt_installation_path/Qt/5.4.2/5.4/clang_64 on Mac OS X or scons.bat Swift qt=C:\path\to\qt on Windows to build Swift.
This document only covers the general structure, project dependencies and building the Swift GUI application. More detailed information on building components, development, testing and packaging can be found in DEVELOPMENT.md.
Swift is known to work on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other Unix-like systems. However, we do not test the whole range of operating systems, especailly the huge amount of Linux and Unix-like systems. Swiften further has support for Android and iOS.
Platforms we officially test our releases on are listed below. We only test on default configurations and default desktops environments on Linux distributions.
The Swift repository includes some third party dependencies in the 3rdParty directory to easy development. Third party dependencies not included are listed below:
General Build Instructions
The Swift projects use the SCons build system for build configuration and Build execution. SCons is one of the included third party dependencies.
To build all Swift components simply run SCons. On Mac OS X and Linux you run the ./scons command. On Windows you run the scons.bat command in a Visual Studio developer shell.
On multi-processor systems, i.e. most desktop and server machines, you can use the -j NUMBER_OF_PARALLEL_TASKS flag, or pass the max_jobs=1 to the scons command to speed up build time. The max_jobs=1 argument will set the number of parallel tasks to the number of CPU cores available. Note that each parallel task increases the memory requirements for the overall build process.
Platform Specific Instructions
Mac OS X
XCode (C++ 11 compiler) or Clang
Qt 5: The binary release of Qt provided on https://www.qt.io/download-open-source/ works just fine.
After installing Qt, simply run ./scons qt=/Users/username/Qt_installation_path/Qt/5.4.2/5.4/clang_64 Swift to build Swift. Afterwards you can find a runnable app bundle at Swift/QtUI/Swift.app.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Express or later (C++11)
Python (2.5 <= version < 3)
Qt Open Source Edition
A binary release of Qt can be obtained from https://www.qt.io/download-open-source/. Make sure it matches the Visual Studio version you have installed.
Open a Developer Command Prompt. Depending on Windows version and Visual Studio version, this can be found in the Visual C++ Programs group, launch the Visual C++ command prompt, or search for Developer Command Prompt for VS2015 in the Windows start menu in more recent versions of Windows.
In the open command prompt add the Qt installation bin folder to the PATH environment variable, by running set PATH=C:\path\to\qt\msvc2015\bin;%PATH%. The Qt path is just an example; adjust it to your local installation.
Afterwards, in the command prompt, go to your checked out Swift directory and run scons.bat qt=C:\path\to\qt Swift to build Swift. If you want to build a 64-bit version of Swift, this requires to have 64-bit versions of all dependencies, attach win_target_arch=x64_64 to the previous scons command line.
To start Swift, simply change to Swift/QtUI and run Swift.exe.
Unix / Linux
On Linux Swift mainly depends on Qt and OpenSSL. To install all required dependencies take a look at ./BuildTools/InstallSwiftDependencies.sh. It is a script that supports various Linux distributions and will install the required system packages for building and running Swift.
On Unix/Linux SCons will use pkg-config to determine the compiler and linker flags for Qt 5.
Note: The Qt that comes with your Linux distribution might not be up to date and may have issues with some desktop environments.
To build Swift, simply open a terminal, go to the project root and run ./scons Swift. Afterwards you can start Swift by running ./Swift/QtUI/swift-im.
To install Swift on the system (e.g. in the /usr/local directory), run ./scons SWIFT_INSTALLDIR=/usr/local /usr/local in the Swift project folder.