Follow the guidelines below for building Electron on Windows.
If you don’t currently have a Windows installation, dev.microsoftedge.com has timebombed versions of Windows that you can use to build Electron.
Building Electron is done entirely with command-line scripts and cannot be done with Visual Studio. You can develop Electron with any editor but support for building with Visual Studio will come in the future.
Note: Even though Visual Studio is not used for building, it’s still required because we need the build toolchains it provides.
Note: While older versions of Electron required Visual Studio 2013, Electron 1.1 and later does require Visual Studio 2015.
$ git clone https://github.com/electron/electron.git
The bootstrap script will download all necessary build dependencies and create the build project files. Notice that we’re using
ninja to build Electron so there is no Visual Studio project generated.
$ cd electron $ python script\bootstrap.py -v
Build both Release and Debug targets:
$ python script\build.py
You can also only build the Debug target:
$ python script\build.py -c D
After building is done, you can find
out\D (debug target) or under
out\R (release target).
To build for the 32bit target, you need to pass
--target_arch=ia32 when running the bootstrap script:
$ python script\bootstrap.py -v --target_arch=ia32
The other building steps are exactly the same.
To generate a Visual Studio project, you can pass the
$ python script\bootstrap.py --msvs
To clean the build files:
$ npm run clean
If you encountered an error like
Command xxxx not found, you may try to use the
VS2015 Command Prompt console to execute the build scripts.
Make sure you have the latest Visual Studio update installed.
If building under Cygwin, you may see
bootstrap.py failed with following error:
Assertion failed: ((handle))->activecnt >= 0, file src\win\pipe.c, line 1430 Traceback (most recent call last): File "script/bootstrap.py", line 87, in <module> sys.exit(main()) File "script/bootstrap.py", line 22, in main update_node_modules('.') File "script/bootstrap.py", line 56, in update_node_modules execute([NPM, 'install']) File "/home/zcbenz/codes/raven/script/lib/util.py", line 118, in execute raise e subprocess.CalledProcessError: Command '['npm.cmd', 'install']' returned non-zero exit status 3
This is caused by a bug when using Cygwin Python and Win32 Node together. The solution is to use the Win32 Python to execute the bootstrap script (assuming you have installed Python under
$ /cygdrive/c/Python27/python.exe script/bootstrap.py
Try reinstalling 32bit Node.js.
Simply making that directory should fix the problem:
$ mkdir ~\AppData\Roaming\npm
You may get this error if you are using Git Bash for building, you should use PowerShell or VS2015 Command Prompt instead.