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    The xPack XBB Bootstrap

    A standalone cross-platform (macOS/Linux) XBB Bootstrap binary distribution, intended for reproducible builds.

    It includes most of the tools available in the XBB Docker v3.4 images, and is intended to be used to bootstrap the creation of separate packages with these tools.

    In addition to the the binary archives and the package meta data, this project also includes the build scripts.

    Early deprecation notice

    This package is not recommended for new designs. It will be used as a direct replacement for the Docker images, to build all existing binary xPacks.

    Once the new build scripts are functional, the plan is to move components out as separate packages, to the point when there will be no components left, when this package will be retired.


    This open source project is hosted on GitHub as xpack-dev-tools/xbb-bootstrap-xpack and provides the platform specific binaries for the xPack XBB Bootstrap.

    The binaries can be installed automatically as binary xPacks or manually as portable archives.

    Release schedule

    There are no scheduled releases.

    User info

    This section is intended as a shortcut for those who plan to use the XBB Bootstrap binaries. For full details please read the xPack XBB pages.

    Easy install

    The easiest way to install XBB Bootstrap is using the binary xPack, available as @xpack-dev-tools/xbb-bootstrap from the npmjs.com registry.


    The only requirement is a recent xpm, which is a portable Node.js command line application. To install it, follow the instructions from the xpm page.


    With the xpm tool available, installing the latest version of the package and adding it as a dependency for a project is quite easy:

    cd my-project
    xpm init # Only at first use.
    xpm install @xpack-dev-tools/xbb-bootstrap@latest
    ls -l xpacks/.bin

    This command will:

    • install the latest available version, into the central xPacks store, if not already there
    • add symbolic links to the central store into the local xpacks/.bin folder.

    The central xPacks store is a platform dependent folder; check the output of the xpm command for the actual folder used on your platform). This location is configurable via the environment variable XPACKS_STORE_FOLDER; for more details please check the xpm folders page.

    For xPacks aware tools, like the Eclipse Embedded C/C++ plug-ins, it is also possible to install XBB Bootstrap globally, in the user home folder:

    xpm install --global @xpack-dev-tools/xbb-bootstrap@latest


    To remove the links from the current project:

    cd my-project
    xpm uninstall @xpack-dev-tools/xbb-bootstrap

    To completely remove the package from the global store:

    xpm uninstall --global @xpack-dev-tools/xbb-bootstrap

    Manual install

    For all platforms, the xPack XBB Bootstrap binaries are released as portable archives that can be installed in any location.

    The archives can be downloaded from the GitHub Releases page.

    For more details please read the Install page.


    The version strings used by the XBB project are semver strings like 4.0.0.

    Maintainer info


    The quick answer is to use the GitHub Discussions.

    For more details please read the Support page.


    The original content is released under the MIT License, with all rights reserved to Liviu Ionescu.

    The binary distributions include several open-source components; the corresponding licenses are available in the installed distro-info/licenses folder.

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