From SailfishOS Documentation

SailfishOS Tools

There are a number of key tools around SailfishOS; most are used from within one of the two primary SDKS: the Application SDK and the Platform SDK. Hardware adaption work is done using the Hardware Adaptation Development Kit.

Application SDK

The Application SDK is based around Qt Creator and its tools and uses virtual machine technology (VirtualBox) to provide an extremely portable build system and a SailfishOS emulator.

It consists of

  • Qt Creator
  • Mer/SailfishOS plugins
  • Build Engine: A VM running the Platform SDK
  • Emulator: A VM running the SailfishOS
  • SailfishOS sb2 targets for ARM and x86 : headers and libraries needed to build SailfishOS

Installing the Application SDK is covered in the Application Development area.

Platform SDK

The Platform SDK is a command line environment. It consists of a minimal Mer Core system with Mer Tools software repository enabled; this allows you to install a variety of familiar linux tools and several more which have been developed to make working with SailfishOS easier. (As a point of interest the same code found in the platform SDK is also used in OBS, the automated build system.)

Read more about installing and using the Platform SDK.


The Hardware Adaptation SDK consists of a Platform SDK and an Android SDK built around a recommended Ubuntu installation. Details on this SDK are found in the Hardware Adaptation Development Kit.

Development tools

A number of individual development tools are available such as:

  • scratchbox2 : a powerful cross-compilation suite
  • mb2 : a build assistant tool to create rpm packages and manage build dependencies
  • git : SailfishOS uses git extensively for change control
  • mic : Local image generation tool

A more complete list including toolchain, analysis and testing tools can be found in the Development Tools area.