README - 9 December 2019
Welcome to the WebM VP8/VP9 Codec SDK!
COMPILING THE APPLICATIONS/LIBRARIES:
The build system used is similar to autotools. Building generally consists of
"configuring" with your desired build options, then using GNU make to build
* All x86 targets require the Yasm assembler be installed.
* All Windows builds require that Cygwin be installed.
* Building the documentation requires Doxygen. If you do not
have this package, the install-docs option will be disabled.
* Downloading the data for the unit tests requires curl and sha1sum.
sha1sum is provided via the GNU coreutils, installed by default on
many *nix platforms, as well as MinGW and Cygwin. If coreutils is not
available, a compatible version of sha1sum can be built from
source. These requirements are optional if not running the unit
: For Visual Studio the base yasm binary (not vsyasm) should be in the
PATH for Visual Studio. For VS2017 it is sufficient to rename
yasm-<version>-<arch>.exe to yasm.exe and place it in:
Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio/2017/<level>/Common7/Tools/
2. Out-of-tree builds
Out of tree builds are a supported method of building the application. For
an out of tree build, the source tree is kept separate from the object
files produced during compilation. For instance:
$ mkdir build
$ cd build
$ ../libvpx/configure <options>
3. Configuration options
The 'configure' script supports a number of options. The --help option can be
used to get a list of supported options:
$ ../libvpx/configure --help
4. Compiler analyzers
Compilers have added sanitizers which instrument binaries with information
about address calculation, memory usage, threading, undefined behavior, and
other common errors. To simplify building libvpx with some of these features
use tools/set_analyzer_env.sh before running configure. It will set the
compiler and necessary flags for building as well as environment variables
read by the analyzer when testing the binaries.
$ source ../libvpx/tools/set_analyzer_env.sh address
5. Cross development
For cross development, the most notable option is the --target option. The
most up-to-date list of supported targets can be found at the bottom of the
--help output of the configure script. As of this writing, the list of
available targets is:
The generic-gnu target, in conjunction with the CROSS environment variable,
can be used to cross compile architectures that aren't explicitly listed, if
the toolchain is a cross GNU (gcc/binutils) toolchain. Other POSIX toolchains
will likely work as well. For instance, to build using the mipsel-linux-uclibc
toolchain, the following command could be used (note, POSIX SH syntax, adapt
to your shell as necessary):
$ CROSS=mipsel-linux-uclibc- ../libvpx/configure
In addition, the executables to be invoked can be overridden by specifying the
environment variables: CC, AR, LD, AS, STRIP, NM. Additional flags can be
passed to these executables with CFLAGS, LDFLAGS, and ASFLAGS.
6. Configuration errors
If the configuration step fails, the first step is to look in the error log.
This defaults to config.log. This should give a good indication of what went
wrong. If not, contact us for support.
VP8/VP9 TEST VECTORS:
The test vectors can be downloaded and verified using the build system after
running configure. To specify an alternate directory the
LIBVPX_TEST_DATA_PATH environment variable can be used.
$ ./configure --enable-unit-tests
$ LIBVPX_TEST_DATA_PATH=../libvpx-test-data make testdata
The coding style used by this project is enforced with clang-format using the
configuration contained in the .clang-format file in the root of the
Before pushing changes for review you can format your code with:
# Apply clang-format to modified .c, .h and .cc files
$ clang-format -i --style=file \
$(git diff --name-only --diff-filter=ACMR '*.[hc]' '*.cc')
Check the .clang-format file for the version used to generate it if there is
any difference between your local formatting and the review system.
This library is an open source project supported by its community. Please
email firstname.lastname@example.org for help.