Prepare for Publishing

The are many tasks you should look in to before publishing your new or latest application. Translating your application using catkeys files Create an icon for your application

To Create or Contribute?

When you spot a need for an application it is tempting to create a new one from scratch. The HaikuArchives contains many projects that were started as an idea, and then fell out of use. To minimise code waste and maximise re-use, you should consider finding a project that aligns with your goals, and adding your own new feature enhancements to it, rather than default to create Yet Another Application.

Setting up a Development Environment

The first thing you'll need to do before writing code in Haiku is to set up a development environment. How you do this will depend on whether you are developing for Haiku within Haiku itself, or from another operating system. In future we hope to provide step by step guides for each platform. For now though, whichever of the below routes you take, see the summary: Building pre-requisities page for details.


This year, 2 out of 3 students completed their GSoC projects Hrishikesh Hiraskar - Integrating a Git client into Trac Krishnan Iyer - SDHCI support Abhinand N - XFS support (failed as close to no code was written in the first two months)

R1/beta1 – Release Notes

It’s been just about a month less than six years since Haiku’s last release in November 2012 — too long. As a result of such a long gap between releases, there are a lot more changes in this release than in previous ones, and so this document is weightier than it has been in the past. The notes are mostly organized in order of importance and relevance, not chronologically, and due to the sheer number of changes, thousands of smaller improvements simply aren’t recognized here.

UEFI Booting Haiku

UEFI Booting the anyboot image 64-bit release images (such as Haiku R1/beta3) can be directly booted from UEFI when the system’s hardware supports it. While Haiku’s UEFI bootloader is at an early stage, it can be leveraged to boot a stable system. Installing UEFI to disk Haiku can be installed to a system with an UEFI bootloader, however it is a manual process as of R1/beta3. If you boot the anyboot media from UEFI (and install as usual) your system will boot via the legacy BIOS loader.

Funding and donations

The Haiku project itself is not a formal entity, and as a result it cannot accept donations directly. There are however various way to donate, either to an organization or directly to some developers. Haiku, Inc. Haiku, Inc. is an US-based non-profit organization which handles donations to the Haiku project. They fund the infrastructure (servers, hosting), communication (stickers, flyers) as well as travel and hosting costs for people representing Haiku at open source conferences (FOSDEM, RMLL, .

Virtualizing Haiku in Veertu Desktop

Virtual instances of operating systems are perfect for all kinds of testing purposes that need to be done in a safe and isolated environment. Installing Haiku in a virtual machine is a solution for people who do not want to install it on their physical computers, but wish to become familiar with it. This guide will describe the process of running Haiku on a virtual machine (VM) using Veertu Desktop.


For information about Haiku's participation in GSoC this year, please see this page. Qualifying students can apply for a Haiku project (see the list of suggested projects below). For details about how to apply, please check out Students: How to Apply for a Haiku Idea. The most successful Google Summer of Code projects are often those proposed by the students themselves. The following list represents some of our ideas and wishes for the project.

Network Booting Haiku

The root Haiku disk image (raw variant) can be booted remotely over the local network as of recent versions. This is especially useful when an architectures boot and kernel issues need to be troubleshot. In the example below we will cover remote booting Haiku on various architectures. At the moment this is mostly geared toward developers. Requirements: Haiku source code and build environment Linux build tools Enough memory on the test system.