Get Fuchsia source code

This guide provides instructions for the following tasks:


Fuchsia's bootstrap script requires Python, cURL, unzip, and Git to be up-to-date.


Install or update the following packages:

sudo apt-get install build-essential curl git python unzip


Do the following:

  1. Install the Xcode command line tool:

    xcode-select --install
  2. Install the latest version of Xcode.

Download Fuchsia source

Fuchsia's bootstrap script creates a fuchsia directory and downloads the content of the Fuchsia source repository to this new directory.

To download the Fuchsia source, do the following:

  1. Go to the directory where you want to create your fuchsia directory, for example:

    cd ~
  2. Run the bootstrap script:

    curl -s "" | base64 --decode | bash

    Downloading may take up to 60 minutes.

To learn how the Fuchsia source code is organized, see Source code layout.

Authentication error

If you see the Invalid authentication credentials error during the bootstrap process, your ~/.gitcookies file may contain cookies from some repositories in that the bootstrap script wants to check out anonymously.

To resolve this error, do one of the following:

  • Follow the onscreen directions to get passwords for the specified repositories.
  • Delete the offending cookies from the .gitcookies file.

Set up environment variables

Setting up Fuchsia environment variables requires the following:

  • Add the .jiri_root/bin directory to your PATH.
  • Source the scripts/ file.

The .jiri_root/bin directory in the Fuchsia source contains the jiri and fx tools, which are essential to Fuchsia workflows. Fuchsia uses the jiri tool to manage multiple repositories in the Fuchsia project. The fx tool helps configure, build, run, and debug Fuchsia. The Fuchsia toolchain requires jiri to be available in your PATH.

Additionally, sourcing the script enables useful shell functions in your terminal. For instance, it creates a FUCHSIA_DIR environment variable and provides the fd command for navigating directories with auto-completion. See comments in for details.

Update your shell script

Update your shell script to automatically set up Fuchsia environment variables in your terminal.

The following steps use a bash terminal as an example:

  1. Use a text editor to open your ~/.bashrc file:

    vim ~/.bashrc
  2. Add the following lines your ~/.bashrc file and save the file:

    export PATH=~/fuchsia/.jiri_root/bin:$PATH
    source ~/fuchsia/scripts/
  3. Update your environment variables:

    source ~/.bashrc

    You can now run jiri and fx in any directory.

Run the following commands in any directory and confirm that these commands print a usage guide for the tool:

jiri help
fx help

Work on Fuchsia without updating your PATH

The following sections provide alternative approaches to the Update your shell script section.

Copy the tool to your binary directory

If you don't wish to update your environment variables, but you want jiri to work in any directory, copy the jiri tool to your ~/bin directory, for example:

cp ~/fuchsia/.jiri_root/bin/jiri ~/bin

However, you must have write access to the ~/bin directory without sudo. If you don't, jiri cannot keep itself up-to-date.

Similarly, if you want to use the fx tool without updating your environment variables, provide the fx tool's symlink in your ~/bin directory, for example:

ln -s ~/fuchsia/scripts/fx ~/bin

Alternatively, run the fx tool directly using its path, for example:

./scripts/fx help

In either case, you need jiri in your PATH.

See also

For the next steps, see Configure and build Fuchsia in the Getting started guide.