3. Compiling client applications

3.1. Compiling the library

Anjay uses CMake for project configuration. To compile the library with default settings:

cmake . && make

3.2. Cross-compiling

3.2.1. ARM Cortex-M3-powered STM3220

First, prepare a CMake toolchain file (see CMake documentation), then pass CMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE when configuring Anjay:


An example CMake toolchain file for an ARM Cortex-M3-powered STM3220 platform may look like so:


set(CMAKE_C_COMPILER arm-none-eabi-gcc)

# CMAKE_C_FLAGS set in a toolchain file get overwritten by CMakeCInformation.cmake
# unless they are FORCEfully set in the cache
# See http://stackoverflow.com/a/30217088/2339636
set(CMAKE_C_FLAGS "-mcpu=cortex-m3 -mthumb -msoft-float -ffunction-sections -fdata-sections -fno-common -fmessage-length=0 -std=gnu99 --specs=nosys.specs" CACHE STRING "" FORCE)

set(CMAKE_EXE_LINKER_FLAGS "-Wl,-gc-sections")

3.2.2. Android

Compliation on Android platform is rather straightforward. First you have to get Android NDK. To configure Anjay you have to pass CMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE from the NDK (we assume that ANDROID_NDK variable contains a path to the folder where Android NDK is extracted):

cmake -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=$ANDROID_NDK/build/cmake/android.toolchain.cmake \
      -DDTLS_BACKEND="" \
      -DANDROID_PLATFORM=android-18 \
      -DANDROID_ABI=armeabi .

After that Anjay can be compiled as usual via make.


Android platforms older than android-18 are not supported.


ANDROID_ALLOW_UNDEFINED_SYMBOLS is set, so that unresolved symbols required by the libanjay.so are not reported during the linking stage. They shall be resolved by providing dependencies to the final exectuable as it is illustrated in the next section.

Note that we did not set any DTLS_BACKEND and therefore Anjay is compiled without DTLS support. To enable DTLS support you have to provide a value to DTLS_BACKEND (see README.md for more details) along with specific variable indicating where the required DTLS libraries are to be found, i.e. one of:

  • OPENSSL_ROOT_DIR (as FindOpenSSL.cmake suggests),

depending on the chosen backend.

Example compilation with mbed TLS backend

First, we compile mbed TLS on Android:

$ git clone https://github.com/ARMmbed/mbedtls -b mbedtls-2.5.0
$ cd mbedtls
$ cmake -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=$ANDROID_NDK/build/cmake/android.toolchain.cmake \
        -DANDROID_PLATFORM=android-18 \
        -DANDROID_ABI=armeabi \
        -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/tmp/mbedtls/install .
$ make
$ make install

We then go back to the Anjay source directory, to reconfigure Anjay to use mbed TLS binaries (we strongly suggest to clean all kind of CMake caches before proceeding, as it may not work otherwise):

cmake -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=$ANDROID_NDK/build/cmake/android.toolchain.cmake \
      -DDTLS_BACKEND="mbedtls" \
      -DMBEDTLS_ROOT_DIR=/tmp/mbedtls/install \
      -DANDROID_PLATFORM=android-18 \
      -DANDROID_ABI=armeabi .

And finally, we run make, finishing the whole procedure.

3.3. Installing the library

To install Anjay headers and libraries in /usr/local:

cmake . && make && sudo make install

A custom installation prefix may be set using CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX:

cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/custom/path . && make && make install

3.4. Including the library in an application

3.4.1. CMake projects

The preferred method of using Anjay in custom projects is to use CMake find_package command after installing the library:

target_link_libraries(my_executable ${ANJAY_LIBRARIES}) # or ANJAY_LIBRARIES_STATIC for a static library


If a custom installation path is used, you need to set anjay_DIR CMake variable to $YOUR_INSTALL_PREFIX/lib/anjay.

3.4.2. Alternative build systems

For other build systems, necessary flags can be retrieved using cmake command:

cmake --find-package -DNAME=anjay -DLANGUAGE=C -DCOMPILER_ID=Generic -DMODE=<mode>

Where <mode> is one of:

  • EXIST - check whether the library can be found,
  • COMPILE - print compilation flags,
  • LINK - print linking arguments.


If a custom installation prefix is used, you need to also pass -Danjay_DIR=$YOUR_INSTALL_PREFIX/lib/anjay.