dart2native command to AOT (ahead-of-time) compile
a Dart program to native x64 machine code.
dart2native command is supported on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
The output of
dart2native is either
a standalone executable (the default)
or an AOT snapshot that you can run with the
A standalone executable is native machine code that’s compiled from
the specified Dart file and its dependencies,
plus a small Dart runtime that handles
type checking and garbage collection.
An AOT snapshot doesn’t include the Dart runtime. Consider using snapshots if you’re distributing multiple programs and disk space is limited.
Creating standalone executables
Here’s an example of using
dart2native to create a standalone executable:
$ dart2native bin/main.dart -o bin/my_app
You can distribute and run that executable like you would any other executable file:
$ cp bin/my_app . $ ./my_app
Creating AOT snapshots
To create an AOT snapshot, add
-k aot to the command:
$ dart2native bin/main.dart -k aot
You can then run the app using the
$ dartaotruntime bin/main.aot
The initial (Dart 2.6) version of
dart2native has some known limitations:
- No cross-compilation support (issue 28617)
- The compiler supports creating machine code only for the operating system it’s running on. You need to run the compiler three times — on macOS, Windows, and Linux — to create executables for all three operating systems. A workaround is to use a CI (continuous integration) provider that supports all three operating systems.
- No signing support (issue 39106)
- The format of the executables isn’t compatible with standard signing tools such as codesign and SignTool.
- No support for dart:mirrors and dart:developer
- The code compiled by
dart2nativecan use all of the other libraries that the Dart VM supports. For a complete list of the core libraries you can use, see the All and AOT entries in the table of core Dart libraries.
The first argument to
dart2native is the path to the main Dart file:
dart2native <main-dart-file> [<options>]
You can use the following options:
- Defines an environment variable. To specify multiple variables, use multiple options or use commas to separate key-value pairs.
- Enables assert statements.
- Displays help for all options.
- Specifies the output type, where
exeis the default (a standalone executable). To generate an AOT snapshot, use
- Generates the output into
<path>. If you don’t use this option, the output goes into a file next to the main Dart file. Standalone executables have the suffix
.exe, by default; the AOT snapshot suffix is
- Specifies the path to the package resolution configuration file. For more information, see Package Resolution Configuration File.
- Displays more information.
Releases before Dart 2.6 contained
a tool named
dart2aot that produced AOT snapshots.
dart2native command replaces
has a superset of the