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= LLVM D Compiler =
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The LDC project aims to provide a portable D programming language compiler with modern optimization and code generation capabilities. The compiler uses the official DMD frontend to support the latest D2 version and relies on the [http://llvm.org LLVM Core libraries] for code generation.
  
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LDC is fully Open Source; the parts of the code not taken/adapted from other projects are BSD-licensed (see the [https://github.com/ldc-developers/ldc/blob/master/LICENSE LICENSE] file for details).
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D1 is no longer supported in the current development tree; the last version supporting it can be found at the <tt>[https://github.com/ldc-developers/ldc/tree/d1 d1]</tt> Git branch.
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== Getting started ==
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* '''[https://github.com/ldc-developers/ldc/tags Download an official release]''' or the '''[https://github.com/ldc-developers/ldc/releases/tag/CI latest CI build]''', incl. prebuilt binaries for Linux/OSX/Windows.
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* [[Building LDC from source]]
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* [[Building and hacking LDC on Windows using MSVC]]
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* [[Using LDC]] ([[LDC-specific language changes]] — [[LDC inline assembly expressions]] — [[LDC inline IR]])
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* [[Cross-compiling with LDC]]
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* [[Reporting LDC issues]] — [[LDC contributor's guide]]
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== Project status ==
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'''NOTE''': As Wiki pages usually don't keep up with development, the [https://github.com/ldc-developers/ldc/blob/v1.21.0/CHANGELOG.md changelog] might be of use to check for recent developments and newly conquered targets.
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=== Architectures ===
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{| class="wikitable"
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! x86 / x86_64
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| Fine, CI-tested.
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! 64-bit ARM
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| Usable, a few testsuite failures remain (at least for non-Apple OS). See [https://github.com/ldc-developers/ldc/issues/2153 tracker issue] and [https://app.shippable.com/github/ldc-developers/ldc/dashboard latest Linux CI logs] for current status.
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! 32-bit ARM
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| Should be okay-ish, not really CI-tested though (Android ARMv7-A somewhat is). E.g., see [https://github.com/ldc-developers/ldc/issues/2810 tracker issue] and [[Minimal semihosted ARM Cortex-M %22Hello World%22]].
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|-
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! WebAssembly
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| Should work fine; currently limited to <tt>-betterC</tt> (lacking druntime/Phobos support). See [[Generating WebAssembly with LDC]] for a quick how-to.
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|-
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! PowerPC
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| Incomplete; has been worked on (32-bit, 64-bit big & little endian) but not touched/tested in years. E.g., see [https://github.com/ldc-developers/ldc/issues/1313 tracker issue].
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! MIPS
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| Incomplete; has been worked on but not really touched/tested in years. E.g., see [https://github.com/ldc-developers/ldc/issues/2995 tracker issue].
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|-
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! Others
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| Basic code generation should work as long as there's an LLVM backend, and simple <tt>-betterC</tt> code might just work.<br>druntime/Phobos support is most likely lacking (and probably requires a new <tt>version</tt> predefined by the compiler).<br>Proper C(++) interop most likely requires a new <tt>TargetABI</tt> implementation in the compiler.
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=== Operating Systems ===
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Linux
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| glibc environments are working fine & CI-tested (on i686/x86_64 and AArch64).<br>musl/uClibc should be usable but aren't tested.
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! macOS
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| Fine, CI-tested on x86_64. Requires macOS v10.7+ for native TLS. 32-bit support was dropped with LDC v1.15.
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! Windows
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| Fine for 'native' MSVC (Microsoft Visual C++) environments, CI-tested on Win32 & Win64.<br>'''NOTE''': LDC uses 64-bit double precision for <tt>real</tt>, unlike DMD, for MSVC <tt>long double</tt> compatibility.<br>32-bit MinGW support was almost complete at one stage but got neglected; a manageable number of adaptations (mainly in druntime) would probably suffice to support it again.
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! Android
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| Should be usable for ARMv7-A / AArch64 / i686 / x86_64, only rudimentarily CI-tested though (compilability).<br>'''NOTE''': Requires an LDC linked against our [https://github.com/ldc-developers/llvm-project/releases LLVM fork] due to a custom TLS emulation scheme.<br>See [[Cross-compiling with LDC]] for how to set up cross-compilation with the Android NDK.<br>Also check out the extensive (but a bit dated) [[Build D for Android]] article, but note that quite a few steps would now be much simpler with a properly set up <tt>ldc2.conf</tt>.
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! iOS / tvOS /<br>watchOS
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| Should be usable with 64-bit ARM (all druntime/Phobos unittests pass on iOS with LDC v1.21), only rudimentarily CI-tested though.<br>The [https://github.com/ldc-developers/ldc/releases/latest official] prebuilt macOS package supports cross-compilation out-of-the-box, just use <tt>-mtriple=arm64-apple-ios12.0</tt>.
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! BSDs
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| Should be usable, not CI-tested though.
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! Solaris
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| Ditto.
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== Contributing ==
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LDC is an entirely community-driven effort, so all contributions are warmly welcomed. The easiest way to help with development is to write high-quality '''bug reports''' for any issues you run into. For a quick guide on what a useful report should contain, please see [[Reporting LDC issues]].
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If you are interested in getting into compiler development, anecdotal evidence suggests that hacking on LDC might be a nice first step, particularly because the LLVM backend is very comfortable to work with. To get started, just browse through the issue list, find a ticket that tickles your fancy (some of them are specifically marked as "junior jobs"), and work on a fix – and of course don't hesitate to ask for advice at the mailing list or on IRC. An '''[[LDC_contributor's_guide|LDC contributor's guide]]''' is in the works. Have a look at [[LDC project ideas]] for a list of features/improvements to add to LDC.
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We would also be excited to see LDC '''packages''' in more OS distributions, particular Debian and its derivatives. So, if you think you might be able to help, please just drop us a line at the development mailing list. We will actively try to make packaging as smooth as possible, but besides the fact that upstream-maintained packages are sometimes discouraged, it is hard to build good packages for a system you don't know well, so we need to rely on external contributors here.
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== Presentations ==
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LDC is an active project and the team promotes the use of D and LDC.
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* David's [http://dconf.org/2013/talks/nadlinger.html talk about LDC] at [http://dconf.org/2013/index.html DConf 2013]: [http://dconf.org/2013/talks/nadlinger.pdf Slides] [http://archive.org/details/dconf2013-day03-talk04 Video HD] [http://youtube.com/watch?v=ntdKZWSiJdY Video SD]
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* Kai's [https://archive.fosdem.org/2014/schedule/event/ldccompiler/ talk about LDC] in the [https://archive.fosdem.org/2014/schedule/track/llvm/ LLVM devroom] at [https://archive.fosdem.org/2014/ FOSDEM'14]: [https://archive.fosdem.org/2014/schedule/event/ldccompiler/attachments/slides/365/export/events/attachments/ldccompiler/slides/365/FOSDEM_2014.pptx Slides (PPTX)] [https://archive.fosdem.org/2014/schedule/event/ldccompiler/attachments/slides/366/export/events/attachments/ldccompiler/slides/366/FOSDEM_2014.pdf Slides (PDF)] [http://video.fosdem.org/2014/K4401/Sunday/LDC_the_LLVMbased_D_compiler.webm Video]
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* Kai's [https://archive.fosdem.org/2015/schedule/event/llvm_internal_asm/ talk about the LLVM assembler] in the [https://archive.fosdem.org/2015/schedule/track/llvm_toolchain/ LLVM toolchain devroom] at [https://archive.fosdem.org/2015/ FOSDEM'15]: [https://archive.fosdem.org/2015/schedule/event/llvm_internal_asm/attachments/slides/711/export/events/attachments/llvm_internal_asm/slides/711/Nacke_Extending_Assembler.pdf Slides] [http://video.fosdem.org/2015/devroom-llvm_toolchain/internal_asm__CAM_ONLY_PARTIAL_AUDIO.mp4 Video]
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* David's [http://dconf.org/2015/talks/nadlinger.html talk about DRuntime] at [http://dconf.org/2015/index.html DConf 2015]: [http://dconf.org/2015/talks/nadlinger.pdf Slides] [http://dconf.org/2015/talks/nadlinger.html Video HD] [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmRmfoKxMCE Video SD]
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* Johan's [http://dconf.org/2017/talks/engelen.html talk about LDC's optimized assembly output] at [http://dconf.org/2017/index.html DConf 2017]: [http://dconf.org/2017/talks/engelen.pdf Slides] [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZY67TBZ0V4 Video]
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* Johan's [http://dconf.org/2018/talks/engelen.html talk about LDC's LLVM-backed goodies: PGO, fuzzing, and Address Sanitizer] at [http://dconf.org/2018/index.html DConf 2018]: [http://dconf.org/2018/talks/engelen.pdf Slides] [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMKvYrjaaoU Video]
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== Useful Links ==
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* [https://github.com/ldc-developers/ldc/issues Issue tracker (GitHub)]
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* [https://github.com/ldc-developers/ldc Source code (GitHub)]
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* [https://forum.dlang.org/group/ldc LDC discussion forum] (also available via NNTP and a mailing list interface, see the forum index)
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* [https://gitter.im/ldc-developers/main Gitter chat room]
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/ldc LDC IRC channel] (#ldc on [http://freenode.net Freenode])
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[[Category:LDC]]

Latest revision as of 21:20, 14 May 2020

Compilers: OverviewDMDGDCLDC

The LDC project aims to provide a portable D programming language compiler with modern optimization and code generation capabilities. The compiler uses the official DMD frontend to support the latest D2 version and relies on the LLVM Core libraries for code generation.

LDC is fully Open Source; the parts of the code not taken/adapted from other projects are BSD-licensed (see the LICENSE file for details).

D1 is no longer supported in the current development tree; the last version supporting it can be found at the d1 Git branch.

Getting started

Project status

NOTE: As Wiki pages usually don't keep up with development, the changelog might be of use to check for recent developments and newly conquered targets.

Architectures

x86 / x86_64 Fine, CI-tested.
64-bit ARM Usable, a few testsuite failures remain (at least for non-Apple OS). See tracker issue and latest Linux CI logs for current status.
32-bit ARM Should be okay-ish, not really CI-tested though (Android ARMv7-A somewhat is). E.g., see tracker issue and Minimal semihosted ARM Cortex-M "Hello World".
WebAssembly Should work fine; currently limited to -betterC (lacking druntime/Phobos support). See Generating WebAssembly with LDC for a quick how-to.
PowerPC Incomplete; has been worked on (32-bit, 64-bit big & little endian) but not touched/tested in years. E.g., see tracker issue.
MIPS Incomplete; has been worked on but not really touched/tested in years. E.g., see tracker issue.
Others Basic code generation should work as long as there's an LLVM backend, and simple -betterC code might just work.
druntime/Phobos support is most likely lacking (and probably requires a new version predefined by the compiler).
Proper C(++) interop most likely requires a new TargetABI implementation in the compiler.

Operating Systems

Linux glibc environments are working fine & CI-tested (on i686/x86_64 and AArch64).
musl/uClibc should be usable but aren't tested.
macOS Fine, CI-tested on x86_64. Requires macOS v10.7+ for native TLS. 32-bit support was dropped with LDC v1.15.
Windows Fine for 'native' MSVC (Microsoft Visual C++) environments, CI-tested on Win32 & Win64.
NOTE: LDC uses 64-bit double precision for real, unlike DMD, for MSVC long double compatibility.
32-bit MinGW support was almost complete at one stage but got neglected; a manageable number of adaptations (mainly in druntime) would probably suffice to support it again.
Android Should be usable for ARMv7-A / AArch64 / i686 / x86_64, only rudimentarily CI-tested though (compilability).
NOTE: Requires an LDC linked against our LLVM fork due to a custom TLS emulation scheme.
See Cross-compiling with LDC for how to set up cross-compilation with the Android NDK.
Also check out the extensive (but a bit dated) Build D for Android article, but note that quite a few steps would now be much simpler with a properly set up ldc2.conf.
iOS / tvOS /
watchOS
Should be usable with 64-bit ARM (all druntime/Phobos unittests pass on iOS with LDC v1.21), only rudimentarily CI-tested though.
The official prebuilt macOS package supports cross-compilation out-of-the-box, just use -mtriple=arm64-apple-ios12.0.
BSDs Should be usable, not CI-tested though.
Solaris Ditto.

Contributing

LDC is an entirely community-driven effort, so all contributions are warmly welcomed. The easiest way to help with development is to write high-quality bug reports for any issues you run into. For a quick guide on what a useful report should contain, please see Reporting LDC issues.

If you are interested in getting into compiler development, anecdotal evidence suggests that hacking on LDC might be a nice first step, particularly because the LLVM backend is very comfortable to work with. To get started, just browse through the issue list, find a ticket that tickles your fancy (some of them are specifically marked as "junior jobs"), and work on a fix – and of course don't hesitate to ask for advice at the mailing list or on IRC. An LDC contributor's guide is in the works. Have a look at LDC project ideas for a list of features/improvements to add to LDC.

We would also be excited to see LDC packages in more OS distributions, particular Debian and its derivatives. So, if you think you might be able to help, please just drop us a line at the development mailing list. We will actively try to make packaging as smooth as possible, but besides the fact that upstream-maintained packages are sometimes discouraged, it is hard to build good packages for a system you don't know well, so we need to rely on external contributors here.

Presentations

LDC is an active project and the team promotes the use of D and LDC.

Useful Links