The Firefox OS platform

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Documentation about the Firefox OS platform

The Firefox OS platform consists of many components. While you don't need to understand its architecture in order to build applications that run on Firefox OS, if you're working on developing or porting the platform—or are simply curious—the following documentation may be of interest to you.

Introduction to Firefox OS
Introductory information about what Firefox OS is and how it works.
Building and installing Firefox OS
A guide to building Firefox OS and installing it on your compatible device. This guide also covers building the Firefox OS emulator, for running Firefox OS on a computer.
Documentation about Gaia, the user interface application for Firefox OS devices; this is a Web application running atop the Firefox OS software stack.
Documentation about Gonk, the operating system layer underneath Gaia. This consists of a Linux kernel and a hardware abstraction layer to which Gecko communicates.
Gecko is the layer of Firefox OS that provides the same open web standards implementation used by Firefox and Thunderbird, as well as many other applications.
Feature support chart
A chart of which features are available in which types of Firefox OS builds.
Firefox OS architecture overview
An overview of how Firefox OS is structured internally; this is primarily of interest to platform developers and people doing porting work.
Firefox OS apps architecture
An overview of the application model on Firefox OS.
Testing Firefox OS
A guide to testing Firefox OS, including information about creating automated tests.
Porting Firefox OS
Information about how to port Firefox OS to new devices.
Customization with the .userconfig file
How to customize the build and execution of Firefox OS by changing the .userconfig file.

Getting help from the community

If you're working with Firefox OS, or developing applications you'd like to run on Firefox OS devices, there are community resources to help you!

  • Ask your question on Mozilla's Boot to Gecko IRC channel: #b2g