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Community Update #10

Β· 4 min read

Premake 5.0-beta1! πŸ₯³

After one of the world's longest alpha cycles, Premake5 has finally entered beta! I don't know about you, but I definitely had a drink to celebrate. Might have been two, even. Probably.

As previously discussed, we've started the process of stabilizing 5.0 and shifting breaking changes over to the new v6.x branch. We've set up a milestone to track our progress toward a stable 5.0 release, and this is the first step in working it down.

Most of the changes in the queue are under-the-hood: release automation, bootstrapping, and unit test fixes. The only potentially significant breaking change remaining is promoting the gmake2 exporter, which I will be prioritizing for the next beta. If you happen to still be using the older gmake exporter, please give gmake2 a try and let us know if you encounter issues! Most fixes have been going to gmake2 lately, so we expect your experience will be a good one.


As of this morning, Premake6 is now "self-hosting" on Visual Studio, Make, and Xcode, meaning that it can generate its own project files, which can then be used to build Premake6. This is a big milestone, since we can now move past isolated unit tests and actually verify our changes with working builds on all three toolsets. All of Premake's core functionality is now fully online, and we're shifting our focus to prioritizing and porting individual features. Still lots of hardcoded settings and to-dos, but full speed ahead!

(Speaking of which: I know the pace is slowβ€”definitely slower than I would likeβ€”but thanks to our backers it’s steady progress. For a bunch of nights-and-weekends part-timers we’re doing alright.)

I'm currently taking a bug fix & cleanup pass over what we have so far, and filling in gaps in the documentation to make sure we're not leaving too much debt behind. High priority next steps include rethinking how we abstract toolsets like GCC & Clang, so we can push ahead implementing new features on top of those abstractions. And then implementing links and (...drum roll...) usages (yes, really!) so we can start linking projects and their dependencies together.

Hat tip to @nickclark2016 for tackling the new makefile exporter!

Community Contributions

Yay open source development! πŸŽ‰ Big shout out to everyone who took the time to contribute this cycle.

Extra thanks to the unsung heroes not mentioned here who helped review pull requests, triage issues, and generally keep the machine humming.

Our Sponsors

Which brings us at last to our regular thank you & shout out to our premier sponsor as well as all our monthly backersβ€”be sure to check out their work and support them back if you can!

I welcome questions, suggestions, and concerns. Message or DM me at @premakeapp, email at, or open a discussion on GitHub.