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A collection of libraries such as OpenSSL, Cyrus SASL, OpenLDAP, and PCRE which have been ported to the iPhone/iOS platform.

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iOS Ports

iOS Ports is a Collection of F/OSS libraries which have been ported to the iPhoneOS/iOS platform. The conditions of the license of each package included in iOS Ports are believed to allow for use of each package on an iOS device, however a developer should review the license of each package before including it within an application and to verify that the application meets the requirements of the conditions.


  1. Disclaimer
  2. Software Requirements
  3. Directory Map
  4. Packages
  5. Quick Start for Xcode 4.2
  6. Maintainers
  7. Community
  8. iOS Ports Users
  9. Source Code


This software is provided by the copyright holders and contributors "as is" and any express or implied warranties, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are disclaimed. In no event shall Bindle Binaries be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement of substitute goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of this software, even if advised of the possibility of such damage.

Software Requirements

  • Git 1.7
  • Mac OS X 10.8
  • Xcode 4.5
  • Xcode Command Line Tools
  • iOS SDK 6.0
  • Internet Access (for downloading packages)

Directory Map

.gitignore - Global list of files to ignore LICENSE - Software license of source code created for the iOSPorts package. Makefile - used to perform various global tasks README - This file. build-aux/ - directory containing support scripts and utilities iOSPorts.xcworkspace - Xcode workspace include/ - Ports will install required header files to this directory ports/ - contains all ports ports/database/ - Database Clients and Tools ports/devel/ - Development Tools and Libraries ports/iOSports/ - internal source code for iOSPorts support tools ports/security/ - Security Related Tools and Libraries examples/ - contains example code for iOS ports packages


Cyrus SASL

Location: ports/security/cyrus-sasl/ Includes: OpenSSL Dependencies: sasl2 (Cyrus SASL) Add: ports/security/cyrus-sasl/Cyrus SASL.xcodeproj Link With: libsasl2.a (Cyrus SASL) libssl.a (openssl) libcrypto.a (openssl) Description: A port of Cyrus SASL to the iPhone platform (iOS). An open source implementations of Simple Authentication and Security Layer methods.


Location: ports/iOSPorts/ Includes: N/A Dependencies: iOSPorts (iOSPorts) Add: ports/iOSPorts/iOSPorts.xcodeproj Link With: libiOSPorts.a (iOSPorts) Description: A standalone package for adding iOS Port packages' copyright information to an iOS package. Using this library to display the copyright information should fulfill a packages distribution requirement according to the Modified BSD license and similar licenses. Including this project in an iOS application will not make other iOS Ports packages available within an application.


Location: ports/database/openldap/ Includes: Cyrus SASL OpenSSL Dependencies: ldap (openldap) Add: ports/database/openldap/openldap.xcodeproj Link With: libldap.a (openldap) liblber.a (openldap) libsasl2.a (Cyrus SASL) libssl.a (openssl) libcrypto.a (openssl) Desciption: A port of OpenLDAP client library to the iOS platform.


Location: ports/security/openssl/ Includes: N/A Dependencies: ssl (openssl) Add: ports/security/openssl/openssl.xcodeproj Link With: libssl.a (openssl) libcrypto.a (openssl) Description: A port of OpenSSL's SSL/TLS and Crypto toolkit to the iPhone platform (iOS).


Location: ports/devel/pcre/ Includes: N/A Dependencies: pcre (pcre) Add: ports/devel/pcre/pcre.xcodeproj Link With: libpcre.a (pcre) Description: A port of PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expressions) to the iOS platform (iPhone).


Location: ports/security/scrypt/ Includes: OpenSSL Dependencies: scrypt (scrypt) Add: ports/security/scrypt/scrypt.xcodeproj Link With: libssl.a (openssl) libcrypto.a (openssl) libscryptenc.a (scrypt) libscrypto.a (scrypt) libutil.a (scrypt) Description: The scrypt key derivation function was originally developed for use in the Tarsnap online backup system and is designed to be far more secure against hardware brute-force attacks than alternative functions such as PBKDF2 or bcrypt.

Quick Start for Xcode 4

This tutorial assumes that you are familiar with the following guides available on Apple's Dev Center:

  - Xcode 4 User Guide: Introduction
  - Xcode 4 User Guide: Orientation to Xcode

For the sake of clarity, this tutorial uses the following information. Be sure to substitute information appropiate for your project and setup:

  Project Name:           Zebra
  App Name:     
  Project File:           Zebra.xcodeproj
  Project Location:       /Users/zookeeper/Documents/Zebra/
  iOS Ports Location:     /Users/zookeeper/Documents/iOSPorts/
  iOS Ports Includes:     /Users/zookeeper/Documents/iOSPorts/include
  Relative Include Path:  ../iOSPorts/include

In order to use packages from iOS Ports the following items need to be completed:

  - Download iOS Projects (see "Source Code" section of this README).
  - Note the package information for the packages to be used (see "Packages"
    section of this README).
  - Add iOS Ports Xcode project files to Zebra.xcodeproj.
  - Update the "Build Phases" in Zebra.xcodeproj
  - Update the "Build Settings" in Zebra.xcodeproj.

Add iOS Ports Xcode project files

  1. Open Zebra.xcodeproj in Xcode.
  2. On the menubar, select "File" -> "Add Files to 'Zebra'..."
     A new dialog should appear.
  4. In the dialog, locate the first Xcode project from the "Add" field
     of the desired iOS Ports package. For example, if adding OpenLDAP to
     your project, you would locate "openldap.xcodeproj".
  5. Click the "Add" button. The xcode project "openldap.xcodeproj" should
     appear in the "Project Navigator".
  6. Repeat for the remaining Xcode projects listed in the "Add" field
     of the desired iOS Ports package.

Update Build Phases

  Open the Project Editor
  1. Display the "Project Navigator" in the "Navigator Area" of Xcode's
     main window (see "Xcode 4 User Guide").
  2. Click on the project icon in the project navigator (the project name
     is visible next to the project icon).  The project's build settings
     should appear in the "Edit Area" of Xcode's window.
  3. In "TARGETS" section, select the target which will use the iOS Ports

Update "Target Dependencies"

  1. Select the "Build Phases" tab from the project editor.

  2. Expand the "Target Dependencies" section.

  3. Click the "+" button under "Target Dependencies". A list of targets should appear.

  4. Locate the first target from the "Dependencies" field of the desired iOS Ports package. The target should have an icon of a stone building. Using OpenLDAP as an example, you would select "ldap".

  5. Click the "Add" button.

  6. Repeat for the remaining targets listed in the "Dependencies" field of the desired iOS Ports package.

    Update "Link Binary With Libraries"

  7. Select the "Build Phases" tab from the project editor.

  8. Expand the "Link Binary With Libraries" section.

  9. Click the "+" button under "Link Binary With Libraries". A list of libraries should appear.

  10. Locate the first library from the "Link With" field of the desired iOS Ports package. The target should have an icon of a stone building. Using OpenLDAP as an example, you would select "libldap.a".

  11. Click the "Add" button.

  12. Repeat for the remaining libraries listed in the "Link With" field of the desired iOS Ports package.

Update Build Settings

  Update Search Paths
  1. Select the "Build Settings" tab from the project editor.
  2. Search for the setting titled "Always Search User Paths". Change the
     value to "Yes". If the editor is displaying setting names instead of
     setting titles, search for "ALWAYS_SEARCH_USER_PATHS". If the editor
     if displaying setting definitions instead of setting values, change
     the definition to "YES".
  2. Search for the setting titled "User Header Search Paths". Add the
     relative include path to the iOS Ports include directory. In this
     example, the relative include path is "../iOSPorts/include" since
     both Zebra and iOS Ports are in the same parent directory. If the
     editor is displaying setting names instead of setting titles, search

The project Zebra should now be ready to compile the required static libraries and link to them. The source for the iOS Ports packages will be downloaded the first time the packages are compiled.

When using two or more iOS Ports packages, it is not necessary to follow these instructions for packages which are already included by other packages. For example, including OpenLDAP automatically includes OpenSSL and Cyrus SASL.


David M. Syzdek Bindle Binaries [email protected]


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Issue Tracking:

iOS Ports Users

The following organizations are known to use iOS Ports. To have your project or organzation added to the list, please contact David M. Syzdek [email protected].

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Source Code

The source code for this project is maintained using git ( The following contains information to checkout the source code from the git repository.

Git URLs: git:// git:// ssh://

Downloading Source:

  $ git clone git://

Git Branches: master - Current release of packages. next - changes staged for next release pu - proposed updates for next release xx/yy+ - branch for testing new changes before merging to 'pu' branch

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