Follow the guidelines below for building Electron on Windows.
symstore.exeis used for creating a symbol store from
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.
To build for the 32bit target, you need to pass
target_cpu = "x86" as a GN
arg. You can build the 32bit target alongside the 64bit target by using a
different output directory for GN, e.g.
out/Release-x86, with different
$ gn gen out/Release-x86 --args="import(\"//electron/build/args/release.gn\") target_cpu=\"x86\""
The other building steps are exactly the same.
To generate a Visual Studio project, you can pass the
$ gn gen out/Debug --ide=vs2017
If you encountered an error like
Command xxxx not found, you may try to use
VS2015 Command Prompt console to execute the build scripts.
Make sure you have the latest Visual Studio update installed.
Try reinstalling 32bit Node.js.
Creating 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.
node.js has some extremely long pathnames, and by default git on windows doesn't handle long pathnames correctly (even though windows supports them). This should fix it:
$ git config --system core.longpaths true