How to do a Hello World application using XULRunner
Note: This page is still under construction
Setting up an application file structure
First set up the application file structure to the following:
/applicationName /chrome /applicationName your app files chrome.manifest /defaults /preferences prefs.js application.ini
This file structure is used on a Linux platform. If your using a different platform, please visit Deploying XULRunner 1.8 to find the file struture for your specific platform.
Users can change the name of the italicized filename and folders
Setting up the application.ini file
The following is a sample application.ini file.
[App] Vendor=Mylau Name=Hello World Application Version=1.0 BuildID=20060101 Copyright=Copyright (c) 2006 ID=xulTestApp@mylau.org [Gecko] MinVersion=1.8 MaxVersion=1.8
Setting up the chrome.manifest file
For this example, the chrome.manifest file contains the following:
content myapp file:content/
Setting up the prefs.js file
The following was used for this simple application.
The pref function needs to be passed in two arguements. In this scenario, this document provided an explaination on what those two arguements are:
- toolkit.defaultChromeURI is a preferences which allows a simple XULRunner-based application to open a new window
- chrome://myapp/content/main.xul is the location of the main XUL file.
Creating some XUL
For the similicity of this application, we're going to create a simple XUL window that says hello world.
<?xml version="1.0"?> <?xml-stylesheet href="chrome://global/skin/" type="text/css"?> <window id="main" title="My App" width="300" height="300" xmlns="http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul"> <caption label="Hello World"/> </window>
Running the application
To run the application, type the following:
If your on Windows:
If your on Linux:
If your on Mac:
Make sure your in the application level of the XULRunner application.