Getting Set up w/ Fire on your Mac

Fire is a standalone app for Mac that runs under OS X 10.12 (Sierra) and later. There is no setup needed for Fire itself – simply open the .dmg and copy to a location of your choice (typically the /Applications folder) and run it. Done.


Depending on what platforms you wish to develop for, Fire and the Elements compiler have a few prerequisites you may need to install in order to have all the tools you need to get started with the platform.

Setup for Cocoa Development

Xcode 5 or later is required to build Cocoa apps for Mac or iOS in Fire. We recommend using Xcode 9 or later.

Setup for .NET/Mono Development

Mono 4.6 or later is required if you want to run and debug .NET/Mono applications from within Fire. We recommend using Mono 5 or later.

Setup for Java and Android Development

You need to install the Java Development Kit (JDK) version 7 or later to develop Java apps.

To develop Android apps, you will need to install both the JDK and the Android SDK, and you might want to optionally install Android Studio for visually designing Android user interface files. Note that the Android SDK currently does not work with the Java 9 SDK yet, so we recommend sticking to Java 8.

Setup for Island Development

No special setup is required for Island development, per se.

You need to have Google Chrome installed to run and debug WebAssembly projects from within Fire. To debug Windows or Linux projects, you will need to connect to a Windows PC or VM via CrossBox 2 over SSH.

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