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Supported platforms

System Support type Supported versions Notes
GNU/Linux Tier 1 Linux >= 2.6.32 with glibc >= 2.12
macOS Tier 1 macOS >= 10.7
Windows Tier 1 >= Windows 7 MSVC 2008 and later are supported
FreeBSD Tier 1 >= 9 (see note)
AIX Tier 2 >= 6 Maintainers: @libuv/aix
z/OS Tier 2 >= V2R2 Maintainers: @libuv/zos
Linux with musl Tier 2 musl >= 1.0
SmartOS Tier 2 >= 14.4 Maintainers: @libuv/smartos
Android Tier 3 NDK >= r15b
IBM i Tier 3 >= IBM i 7.2 Maintainers: @libuv/ibmi
MinGW Tier 3 MinGW32 and MinGW-w64
SunOS Tier 3 Solaris 121 and later
Other Tier 3 N/A

Note on FreeBSD 9

While FreeBSD is supported as Tier 1, FreeBSD 9 will get Tier 2 support until it reaches end of life, in December 2016.

Support types

  • Tier 1: Officially supported and tested with CI. Any contributed patch MUST NOT break such systems. These are supported by @libuv/collaborators.

  • Tier 2: Officially supported, but not necessarily tested with CI. These systems are maintained to the best of @libuv/collaborators ability, without being a top priority.

  • Tier 3: Community maintained. These systems may inadvertently break and the community and interested parties are expected to help with the maintenance.

Adding support for a new platform

IMPORTANT: Before attempting to add support for a new platform please open an issue about it for discussion.


I/O handling is abstracted by an internal uv__io_t handle. The new platform will need to implement some of the functions, the prototypes are in src/unix/internal.h.

If the new platform requires extra fields for any handle structure, create a new include file in include/ with the name uv-theplatform.h and add the appropriate defines there.

All functionality related to the new platform must be implemented in its own file inside src/unix/ unless it's already done in a common file, in which case adding an ifdef is fine.

Two build systems are supported: autotools and GYP. Ideally both need to be supported, but if GYP does not support the new platform it can be left out.


Windows is treated as a single platform, so adding support for a new platform would mean adding support for a new version.

Compilation and runtime must succeed for the minimum supported version. If a new API is to be used, it must be done optionally, only in supported versions.


Some common notes when adding support for new platforms:

  • Generally libuv tries to avoid compile time checks. Do not add any to the autotools based build system or use version checking macros. Dynamically load functions and symbols if they are not supported by the minimum supported version.