Installing iPhone Development Tools (Toolchain 0.30) on Leopard for iPhone 1.1.2


After jailbreaking my iPhone recently, I’m now ready to install the development tools. At the end of this process, I’ll finally be ready to start developing my own applications for the iPhone.

I’m using a MacBook Pro with Mac OS X 10.5.1 (Leopard). My iPhone is an 8Gb model with 1.1.2 firmware which I jailbroke recently. I have already installed the Developer Tools on my system. If you didn’t, now is the time to do so. Insert your Leopard DVD, open Optional Installs folder, open XcodeTools folder, double-click XcodeTools.mpkg to start the installation.

I consulted site for installation instructions and the required files. Though the instructions are for 1.1.1 firmware, they worked, with a couple of small changes, for the 1.1.2 firmware as well.

Fire up your, you’ll be using it exclusively for this installation. And finally, check your bison and flex installations, they are required for the next steps.

$ bison --version
bison (GNU Bison) 2.3
Written by Robert Corbett and Richard Stallman.

Copyright (C) 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is NO
$ flex --version
flex 2.5.33

First, check out revision 42498 of LLVM SVN and build it. If the current directory is your home folder, this will create a llvm-svn folder in it. If you want to place it elsewhere, either cd to that directory first, or type it in the command below.

svn co llvm-svn -r 42498
pushd llvm-svn
./configure --enable-optimized
sudo make install

Next, get a copy of the iphone-dev from Google Code repository.

svn checkout iphone-dev
pushd iphone-dev

The above command will create an iphone-dev folder in your home folder. Now, create a folder for the toolchain and build odcctools.

sudo mkdir /usr/local/arm-apple-darwin
mkdir -p build/odcctools
pushd build/odcctools
../../odcctools/configure --target=arm-apple-darwin --disable-ld64
export INCPRIVEXT="-isysroot /Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.4u.sdk"
sudo make install

At this point, you need to make a copy of your iphone’s filesystem. There are several methods for doing this, as outlined here, here and here. However, I discovered that using rsync is the easiest way to accomplish this.

rsync -avz --exclude=/private/var/root/Media -e ssh root@ ~/Desktop/iPhone/

The SSH password for root is ‘alpine’. This will copy the contents of your iPhone (except the media, i.e your songs, photos, videos, etc) to a folder called iPhone on your desktop. You must substitute your phone’s ip address, which you can find out when you goto Settings->Wi-Fi and select the name of your network on your iPhone. Please note that this will only work if your iPhone is already jailbroken, and that you’ve installed openSSH.

When the copying is done, right-click on the iPhone folder on your desktop an select “Compress iPhone”. This will create a zip file of the folder contents. Copy the zip file to a safe place in case you need it again. Also, copy the filesystem for use by the toolchain.

sudo mkdir /usr/local/share/iphone-filesystem
sudo cp -Rp ~/Desktop/iPhone/* /usr/local/share/iphone-filesystem/

You can now delete the iPhone folder from your desktop. And type the following in your terminal:


Now, patch and install the system headers.

pushd include
./configure --with-macosx-sdk=/Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.4u.sdk
sudo bash

Next, install csu.

mkdir -p build/csu
pushd build/csu
../../csu/configure --host=arm-apple-darwin
sudo make install

And finally, build and install LLVM-GCC. Note that both $HEAVENLY and $LLVMOBJDIR must be set as per above instructions before attempting this.

mv llvm-gcc-4.0-iphone/configure llvm-gcc-4.0-iphone/configure.old
sed 's/^FLAGS_FOR_TARGET=$/FLAGS_FOR_TARGET=${FLAGS_FOR_TARGET-}/g' llvm-gcc-4.0-iphone/configure.old > llvm-gcc-4.0-iphone/configure
sudo ln -s /usr/local/arm-apple-darwin/lib/crt1.o /usr/local/arm-apple-darwin/lib/crt1.10.5.o
mkdir -p build/llvm-gcc-4.0-iphone
pushd build/llvm-gcc-4.0-iphone
export FLAGS_FOR_TARGET="-mmacosx-version-min=10.1"
chmod 755 ../../llvm-gcc-4.0-iphone/configure
../../llvm-gcc-4.0-iphone/configure --enable-llvm=`llvm-config --obj-root` --enable-languages=c,c++,objc,obj-c++ --target=arm-apple-darwin --enable-sjlj-exceptions --with-heavenly=$HEAVENLY --with-as=/usr/local/bin/arm-apple-darwin-as --with-ld=/usr/local/bin/arm-apple-darwin-ld
make LLVM_VERSION_INFO=2.0-svn-iphone-dev-0.3-svn
sudo make install

That’s it, you’re done. You now have a working iphone-dev toolchain, and you can build iPhone applications from source. To test your new environment, download a copy of the HelloWorld application and build it.

cd ~/Desktop/HelloWorld/

Congratulations! You’ve successfully built your first iPhone app. You can now copy the “Hello” file to your iPhone via your favorite FTP application (or you can use sftp from from the command line) and execute it using the vt-100 terminal application on the iPhone.

Stay tuned for windows installation instructions. I’ll be installing the toolchain on my Windows XP machine soon.

Written on December 24, 2007