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A source xPack with helper files for the XBB builds

This project provides common scripts and other files useful during xPack Build Box (XBB) builds.

This open source project is hosted on GitHub as xpack-dev-tools/xbb-helper-xpack.


This projects includes:

  • shell scripts to build various projects as dependencies (see the dependencies folder)
  • templates used to generate project configurations
  • tests
  • patches
  • other files

Maintainer info

This page is addressed to developers who plan to include this package into their own projects.

For maintainer info, please see:


As a source xPack, the easiest way to add it to a project is via xpm, but it can also be used as any Git project, for example as a submodule.


A recent xpm, which is a portable Node.js command line application that complements npm with several extra features specific to C/C++ projects.

It is recommended to install/update to the latest version with:

npm install --location=global xpm@latest

For details please follow the instructions in the xPack install page.


This package is available as @xpack-dev-tools/xbb-helper from the npmjs.com registry:

cd my-project
xpm init # Unless a package.json is already present

xpm install --save-dev @xpack-dev-tools/xbb-helper@latest --verbose

ls -l xpacks/@xpack-dev-tools/xbb-helper

Git submodule

If, for any reason, xpm is not available, the next recommended solution is to link it as a Git submodule below an xpacks folder.

cd my-project
git init # Unless already a Git project
mkdir -p xpacks

git submodule add https://github.com/xpack-dev-tools/xbb-helper-xpack.git \


Apart from the unused master branch, there are two active branches:

  • xpack, with the latest stable version (default)
  • xpack-develop, with the current development version

All development is done in the xpack-develop branch, and contributions via Pull Requests should be directed to this branch.

When new releases are published, the xpack-develop branch is merged into xpack.

Developer info

This project includes several bash scripts with functions that can be used for common jobs in application builds.

Integration info

A typical use case is to define an xPack action that copies, among other things, the build scripts from the helper templates:

  "cp xpacks/@xpack-dev-tools/xbb-helper/templates/build.sh scripts/",
  "cp xpacks/@xpack-dev-tools/xbb-helper/templates/test.sh scripts/"

The resulting scripts/build.sh requires two application scripts:

  • scripts/application.sh - with common definitions
  • scripts.versioning.sh - with details how to build different versions

The resulting scripts/test.sh requires:

  • scripts/application.sh - with common definitions
  • tests/run.sh - the code to run the validation tests
  • tests/update.sh - optional updates for different docker environments

Known problems

  • none


There are currently no CI tests specific for this package.

The files in the tests folder are used during native compilers tests.


Please see any of the existing projects, like:

Change log - incompatible changes

According to semver rules:

Major version X (X.y.z | X > 0) MUST be incremented if any backwards incompatible changes are introduced to the public API.

The incompatible changes, in reverse chronological order, are:

  • v0.x: pre-release versions


For support, please use GitHub Discussions.


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



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