Packaging Applications for dahliaOS
Packages on dahliaOS make use of the AppImage file format for it's portability and ease of use.
To develop packages, you will need the following prerequisites on your host system:
For graphical applications:
To develop graphical applications, you can use these recommended platforms or choose your own:
- Flutter SDK
- GTK 3/4
Electron applications are supported but may need to be converted to a more efficient standard in the future.
Basic application packages need the following files at minimum:
AppRunfile, containing the command used to launch your applications, example below:
#!/bin/bash exec $APPDIR/demo
- A .desktop file with the parameters of your application, example below:
[Desktop Entry] Name=Demo Exec=demo Terminal=true Icon=demo Type=Application Categories=Utility;
- An icon,
- An executable, this is your application itself
Building an AppImage
Once you have the structure defined above, use:
ARCH=x86_64 appimagetool MyApplication/
to package your application for dahliaOS as an Appimage.
For ARM builds:
If your application needs to be built for ARM, use
ARCH=arm appimagetool MyApplication/
to build a 32 bit ARMHF binary.