Getting Started with CrossVcl

Thank you for downloading CrossVcl. This guide will help you get started with CrossVcl.

Overview

CrossVcl is a toolchain that permits the development macOS and Linux application using Embarcadero OSX compiler and VCL.

Conceptually, CrossVcl is a combination of two major components:

Prerequisites

CrossVcl requires Embarcadero Delphi 10.2 with macOS development add-on. Enterprise version requires to Linux development.

Installing CrossVcl

Launch setup program and follow instructions. If setup completed without any error, CrossVcl installed. You can launch Delphi now.

Work with CrossVcl

Create or open VCL project and right click on Project in Project Inspector.

Click on Add New Platforms item

That's it. Now you can switch platform to OSX32 or Linux64 and run your app.

Limitations

CrossVcl on early stage of development. Right now not all standard components are working with CrossVcl, we are working on it.

Linux64 platform limited by features and supported controls (basic controls and graphics) from macOS. Mostly Linux64 is provided to check your code on new LLVM-based compiler.

Please do not create bug-report if you can't compile or launch big Vcl projects or any third-party controls at this stage.

We posted few videos and screenshots of our internal work with third-party components. Right now it is only internal works. Feel free to try it, but it requires little modification of third-party components. We are working on avoiding or reducing such kind of modification.

We have no plan to implement whole WinAPI, the main goal for 1.0 is making basic VCL apps runing ok. For some Windows specific API like networking, ActiveX, DirectX etc you should use cross-platform solutions.

Links

Bug reports and suggestions welcome at BitBucket

We help you on Stack Overflow

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