Platforms and compilers
The table below summarizes the platforms and compilers which Duktape is known to work on, with portability notes where appropriate. This is not an exhaustive list of supported/unsupported platforms, rather a list of what is known to work (and not to work). Platform and compiler specific issues are discussed in more detail below the table.
|Linux||GCC||x86||No known issues.|
|Linux||GCC||x64||No known issues.|
|Linux||GCC||x32||No known issues, use
|Linux||GCC||ARM||No known issues.|
|Linux||GCC||MIPS||No known issues.|
|Linux||GCC||SuperH||No known issues.|
|Linux||GCC||SPARC||No known issues.|
|Linux||Clang||x86||No known issues.|
|Linux||Clang||x64||No known issues.|
|Linux||Clang||ARM||No known issues.|
|Linux||Clang||MIPS||No known issues.|
|Linux||TCC||x64||Zero sign issues (see below).|
|FreeBSD||Clang||x86||Aliasing issues with clang 3.3 on 64-bit FreeBSD,
|FreeBSD||Clang||x64||No known issues.|
|NetBSD||GCC||x86||No known issues (NetBSD 6.0). There are some
|OpenBSD||GCC||x86||No known issues (OpenBSD 5.4).|
(Visual Studio Express 2010)
|x86||Only ISO 8601 date format supported (no platform specific format).
Harmless warnings if
(Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop)
|x64||Only ISO 8601 date format supported (no platform specific format).|
(Visual Studio 2010)
|x64||Only ISO 8601 date format supported (no platform specific format).
May require explicit
|OSX||Clang||x64||Tested on OSX 10.9.2 with XCode.|
|Darwin||GCC||x86||No known issues.|
|AmigaOS||VBCC||M68K||Requires some preprocessor defines, datetime resolution limited to full seconds.|
|VBCC||M68K||Requires some preprocessor defines, datetime resolution limited to full seconds.|
|RISC OS||GCC||ARM||No known issues.|
|Emscripten||Emscripten||n/a||Requires additional options, see below. At least V8/NodeJs works.|
|Adobe Flash Runtime||CrossBridge
(GCC-4.2 with Flash backend)
|pNaCl||clang||n/a||No known issues.|
(Bruce's C compiler)
Clang 3.3 on FreeBSD has some aliasing issues (at least) when using
-m32 and when Duktape ends up using a packed
duk_tval value representation
type. You can work around the problem by defining
disable packed value type. The problem does not appear in all clang versions.
Duktape self tests cover this issue (define
DUK_OPT_SELF_TESTS when compiling.
See internal test file clang_aliasing.c.
The /Wp64 (Detect 64-bit Portability Issues) option causes harmless compile warnings when compiling 32-bit code, e.g.:
duk_api.c(2419): warning C4311: 'type cast' : pointer truncation from 'duk_hstring *' to 'duk_uint32_t'
The warnings are caused by Duktape casting 32-bit pointers to 32-bit integers
used by its internal value representation. These casts would be incorrect in
a 64-bit environment which is reported by the
/Wp64 option. When Duktape is
compiled in a 64-bit environment a different value representation is used which
doesn't use these casts at all, so the warnings are not relevant.
/Wall is not clean at the moment.
TCC has zero sign handling issues; Duktape mostly works but zero sign is
not handled correctly. This results in Ecmascript non-compliance, for
1/-0 evaluates to
-Infinity as it should.
VBCC (AmigaOS / TOS)
VBCC doesn't appear to provide OS or processor defines. To compile for M68K AmigaOS or TOS you must:
Datetime resolution is limited to full seconds only when using VBCC on AmigaOS or TOS.
Needs a set of
emcc options. When executed with V8, the following
seem to work:
-DEMSCRIPTEN: mandatory option, needed by Duktape to detect Emscripten. Without this Duktape may use unaligned accesses which Emscripten does not allow. This results in odd and inconsistent behavior, and is not necessarily caught by Duktape self tests.
Dukweb is compiled using Emscripten, so you can also check out the Duktape git repository to see how Dukweb is compiled.
Pointer less-than/greater-than comparisons are expected to work like pointers were unsigned. This is incorrect on some platforms.
Two's complement signed arithmetic is required. This is not technically guaranteed by ANSI C, but there are very few environments where this assumption does not hold.
IEEE behavior is assumed for
doubletypes. This means e.g. gcc
-ffast-math(see https://gcc.gnu.org/wiki/FloatingPointMath) is not supported. Duktape also works directly with IEEE float and double memory representations.
ASCII is assumed, Duktape doesn't currently work on e.g. EBCDIC platforms.
Compile in C mode if possible. Although C++ compilation now works, it isn't as portable as C compilation.
Enable C99 mode if possible (
-std=c99or similar). Type detection without C99 is less reliable than with C99. Duktape also relies on (v)snprintf() which are C99/POSIX; there's a fill-in for MSVC but for other non-C99 platforms you may need to define
DUK_VSNPRINTF()manually in your
If Duktape compiles but doesn't seem to work correctly, enable self tests with
DUK_OPT_SELF_TESTS. Self tests detect some compiler and platform issues which cannot be caught compile time.
If the target platform has specific alignment requirements and Duktape doesn't autodetect the platform correctly, you may need to provide either
DUK_OPT_FORCE_ALIGN=8. The alignment number should match whatever alignment is needed for IEEE doubles and 64-bit integer values.
If compilation fails in endianness detection, Duktape probably doesn't (yet) support the platform specific endianness headers of your platform. Such headers are unfortunately non-standardized, so endianness detection is a common (and usually trivial) portability issue on custom platforms. Use
DUK_OPT_FORCE_BYTEORDERto force endianness as a workaround. If you know how the endianness detection should work on your platform, please send an e-mail about the issue or contribute a patch.
Another typical portability issue on new/exotic platforms is the Date built-in, which requires a few platform specific functions for dealing with date and time. Often existing Date functions are sufficient but if they're not, you can implement an external "Date provider" which requires no Duktape changes, see: datetime.rst.
Some exotic platforms have broken double-to-integer or integer-to-double casts, which causes e.g. https://github.com/svaarala/duktape/issues/336. At the moment there's no easy workaround because casts are used inside Duktape in several places. A possible future fix is to use macros for such casts, so that you can fix the casts in a platform dependent manner and edit
duk_config.hto provide working casting macros.
Since Duktape 1.3 almost all portability related includes and defines are in an external duk_config.h header which you can modify freely to suit exotic platforms.