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Johann Dowa

Open Source: Pre-compiled Curl, OpenSSL, Zlib, libEtPan, And GnuPG iOS Libraries

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If you’ve run into a situation where  found yourself trying to build any open source libraries designed for Unix, but not specifically for iOS devices – or doing any sort of web communication that can’t easily be done using Cocoa Touch libraries –  then this project should be of great help.

The project includes some of the most useful libraries around pre-built for iOS devices, and also a build script so you can see how things are done, and tweak if necessary.  On the project homepage you’ll also find tips about using the compiled binaries within your projects.

Included in the project are some of the all time great open source libraries:

  • Curl – The multi-protocol web communications library (and a personal favorite).
  • OpenSSL – Open source SSL library.
  • libEtPan – E-mail library with support for multiple protocols including IMAP.
  • GnuPG – Open souce PGP encryption library.
  • Zlib – The compression library.
The project was started by Pierre-Olivier Latour who also created the excellent open source ComicFlow comic book reader app that I mentioned the other day.
You can find the project on Google Code with both the binaries and the build script here:
http://code.google.com/p/ios-static-libraries/
Hopefully this will save you the joy of ever having to figure out how to build these libraries for the iOS platform yourself.  Don’t forget that if you include encryption within your app (ie. through OpenSSL) you could be subject to export restrictions.

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