If you are planning on developing applications using the RAD Studio IDE, then this page will tell you all you need to know about these top two questions from developers.
- What hardware and OS do I need for development of native applications?
- Where can I deploy the applications I build?
The RAD Studio IDE is a Window application that compiles applications for Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and Linux, all from Windows. The RAD Studio IDE connects to remote platforms using its remote Platform Assistant application called PAServer. Through PA Server the IDE deploys files, code signs applications, manages SDKs and enables remote debugging of the applications you develop.
RAD Studio IDE requires at least:
- 1.6 GHz or faster processor
- 2 GB of RAM
- Between 6 GB and 60 GB¹ of available disk space.
- Direct X 11-capable video card that runs at 1024x768 or higher resolution
- Windows 10 Anniversary Edition is recommended and required for development for the Windows 10 store.
¹ Depends on your RAD Studio edition and the features selected during the installation. For more information, see EMB_TEXT_ESTIMATED_REQUIRED_SPACE
Requirements to develop projects for EMB_TEXT_SUPPORTED_TARGET_PLATFORMS:
RAD Studio Tokyo supports the following target platforms:
|Windows||Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1+), Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2012 R2||32-bit Windows|
|macOS||10.14 Mojave, 10.13 High Sierra and 10.12 Sierra||macOS|
|iOS||iOS 12, iOS 11, and iOS 10||iOS Device 32-bit|
|iOS Device 64-bit|
|Android*||9, 8, 7, 6, and 5||Android|
|Linux||Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and RedHat Enterprise Linux (version 7)||64-bit Linux||**|
* RAD Studio only supports real devices (no Android emulator support) with EMB_TEXT_NEON support.
** Available via EMB_TEXT_THIRD_PARTY add-on
In most countries, developing for iOS and macOS requires Apple hardware to code sign native applications. This is due to EULA restrictions on the macOS that requires it to run on Apple hardware. If you want to manage costs, it’s not uncommon for a team of developers to share an Apple device, such as a Mac Mini and use VNC access, or to rent a mac in the cloud.
If you prefer to develop from a laptop, then many developers get a MacBook Pro and run a virtual machine for Windows (using e.g. VMWare Fusion or Parallels). It is then possible to install PA Server on the Mac and run a fast local connection to enable access to the iOS Simulator, to run and test iOS and macOS builds, and code sign applications on the Apple hardware.
Android devices can be connected to directly and are considerably faster than using the Android emulator.