Engine Customization Workflow

The engine part of Cocos Creator 3.0 includes TypeScript and engine-native. The engine is all open-source on GitHub. The addresses are as follows:

It is recommended to maintain custom code using the GitHub's Fork workflow. This workflow allows developers to easily update custom engine parts when the engine is upgraded in the future. This workflow is described in the Fork a repo documentation. For more GitHub-related workflows, please refer to the GitHub Help.

Also, depending on the Creator version, developers may need to switch to a different engine branch, it is recommended to use the same branch that corresponds to the version of Creator being used.

1 Customize the TypeScript engine

If you only need to customize the engine functionality of the web version of the game, or if you only need to modify the pure TypeScript layer logic (e.g.: UI system, animation system), simply modify the TypeScript engine by following the procedure below:

1.1 Get the TypeScript engine

It is possible to modify the engine based on the one built in Cocos Creator 3.0 to make some adjustments based on the current version. Click the App button at the top right of the Creator editor, and then copy the built-in engine directory to another local path.

open-engine

To get the latest official version in development, fork or clone the original version of the TypeScript engine from GitHub (see above), and switch the corresponding branch of the TypeScript engine according to the Creator version before using it. Once downloaded, store it to any local path.

download-repo-js

1.2 Modify the TypeScript Engine Path

Set the path of the TypeScript engine to be customized via the Engine Manager tab of Cocos Creator -> Preferences.

custom-ts-engine

Note: it is necessary to restart Creator after modifying the engine path.

1.3 Install Compilation Dependencies

### Go to the engine path in the command line
cd E:/engine
# Install the gulp build tool
npm install -g gulp
# Install dependent modules
npm install
# Compile some data, including 'debug infos' and '.d.ts'
gulp build

Note: the gulp build tool is required to generate debug infos.

1.4 Make changes and compile

Next, customize the engine modifications and then click Developer -> Compile the engine in the Cocos Creator editor menu bar to compile.

build

This command will generate a bin folder under the engine directory and compile the engine source code under the bin directory.

bin

2 Customize the engine-native Engine

If you need to customize the engine features related to the native platform, you may need to modify the engine-native engine in parallel with the TypeScript engine.

2.1 Get the engine-native Engine

If you only need to make some tweaks based on the current version, modify the engine-native engine built into Cocos Creator 3.0. The procedure is the same as for the TypeScript engine, click the App button at the top right of the Creator editor, then copy the built-in cocos2d-x-lite directory to another local path.

To get the latest official version in development, download or clone it from the GitHub repository specified above. Similar to the TypeScript engine, the engine-native engine should be checked for the current branch before use.

2.2 Initialization

After downloading or cloning the engine-native engine repository, go to the engine path at the command line and execute the following command:

Note: if you copied the built-in cocos2d-x-lite directory from the editor, skip this step.

# Go to the engine-native engine path at the command line
cd E:/cocos2d-x-lite
# Install the gulp build tool
npm install -g gulp
# Install dependent modules
npm install
# Initialize the repository
gulp init

2.3 Configure a custom engine-native in Cocos Creator 3.0

Set the path to the engine-native engine to be customized via the Engine Manager tab of Cocos Creator -> Preferences.

custom-native-engine

2.4 Modify the Engine

It is possible to customize the engine-native engine. Since the code is only compiled during the build release process, directly open the Build panel after modifying the engine and select the link template to build and compile.

2.5 Customizing the native engine simulator

To prevent the package from becoming too large, Creator excludes the native engine simulator related projects from the release, if it is necessary to use a custom native simulator, recompile it by following the steps below:

  1. Refer to the CMake Official Documentation to install CMake and configure system environment variables.
  2. Compile the native simulator engine, which can be divided into TypeScript and C++:

    • If the developer is customizing the TypeScript part, click Developer -> Rebuild Native Engine in the top menu bar of the editor after the customization is finished.

    • If the developer is customizing the C++ part, after the customization is completed, execute the following commands in the engine-native directory in order.

        # Install the dependent modules
        npm install
        # Generate native simulator-related files
        gulp gen-simulator
      

      Once executed, a simulator project and simulator executable will be generated under the engine-native/simulator path, and the native simulator will be ready to run.

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