[Lazarus] Android & iOS

Michael Van Canneyt michael at freepascal.org
Tue Jul 4 08:04:11 CEST 2017

On Tue, 4 Jul 2017, Marcos Douglas B. Santos via Lazarus wrote:

> Hi,
> Direct to the subject:
> Can I create Apps for Android and iOS using Lazarus nowadays?
> I've seen frameworks like Castle-Engine that have a Tool which claims to be
> more easy to building and packaging Apps:
> https://github.com/castle-engine/castle-engine/wiki/Build-Tool
> This framework looks like a piece of art, but I'm more interested to build
> business applications with Forms, Grids, Lists and so on.
> I believe that Ionic framework is a good choice to build mobile apps, but
> if could have such apps using Free Pascal and Lazarus, would be nice.
> Can I do that using Lazarus and its default widgets?

You can create some form of apps using the customdrawn
widgetset, but I cannot honestly recommend this approach. I do not think it
works on iOS (I could be mistaken) and it looks simply abysmal on android.

I have created some android apps using the FPC JVM compiler, but then you
need to start all over for iOS. I believe there is still some iOS desiger
package by Joost van der Sluis.

So at the moment the developer experience would not be very good, 
I think you're better off using a HTML5 based Ionic app.


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