setting up a blackberry dev environment under linuxJun 24, 2010 · 3 minute read · Comments
i recently had to look at the blackberry sdk for something. to my disappointment, the blackberry sdk is only available for windows - no linux or mac versions in site. my first attempt was to run a windows vm under virtualbox, but that brought my system to a screeching halt.
so i started doing some research (see sources at the bottom of the post) and found an easier way. i did this all under ubuntu linux (lucid).
1. install wine (
sudo apt-get install wine)
chmod +x winetricks; ./winetricks gdiplus; ./winetricks msxml3
4. download and install the jdk for windows from sun (oracle?) under wine.
5. update your windows path to contain the directory of the sdk - do this by editing
~/.wine/system.reg and searching for PATH= and appending your path to it.
6. ensure that java works under wine (ie run wine javac and see if it works - if it doesn’t, try doing a wine cmd followed by a path to see what the path is at the moment).
7. download the 32 bit eclipse for windows - unzip it and move it to
8. install the blackberry sdk (
mkdir /opt/rim; cp -r ~/.wine/drive_c/eclipse/plugins/net.rim.ejde.componentpack5.0.0_22.214.171.124/components /opt/rim/sdk
10. download the sun java wireless toolkit for linux and install it in
11. finally, set up a
/opt/rim/tools directory and add the following files in there (make sure to chmod +x them):
#!/bin/bash SDK=/opt/rim/sdk PREVERIFY=/opt/rim/WTK2.5.2/bin PATH=$PATH:$PREVERIFY java -jar $SDK/bin/rapc.jar \ import=$SDK/lib/net_rim_api.jar \ codename=$1 \ $1.rapc \ *.java
#!/bin/bash cd "`dirname $0`" /usr/bin/wine /opt/rim/sdk/simulator/fledge.exe /app=/opt/rim/sdk/simulator/Jvm.dll /handheld=9550 /session=9550 /app-param=DisableRegistration /app-param=JvmAlxConfigFile:9550.xml /data-port=0x4d44 /data-port=0x4d4e /pin=0x2100000A
and that’s it! now let’s compile a sample app, say the helloworld sample (from
/opt/rim/sdk/samples/com/rim/samples/device/helloworlddemo/). to do this, copy the
helloworlddemo folder somewhere and add a
HelloWorldDemo.rapc file in that folder that looks like this:
MIDlet-Name: HelloWorldDemo MIDlet-Version: 0.9 MIDlet-Vendor: Research In Motion Ltd. MIDlet-Jar-URL: HelloWorldDemo.jar MIDlet-Jar-Size: 0 MicroEdition-Profile: MIDP-2.0 MicroEdition-Configuration: CLDC-1.1 MIDlet-1: Hello World Demo,img/helloworld_jde.png, RIM-MIDlet-Flags-1: 0
now you can compile it by running
/opt/rim/tools/build.sh HelloWorldDemo - if all is well, you should see a
9550.sh, which should launch the simulator. you can choose to install the cod file from the menu.
btw, if you want to use other emulators, run
wine fledge.exe /help under
/opt/rim/sdk/simulator and you’ll find what valid parameters there are for the device type. then edit
9550.sh and change it to your device type.
one other note - another way to compile applications involves using the blackberry ant tools. i haven’t tried this yet, however.