BlackBerry 10 development in 2022
We’re damn good too but you can’t be any geek off the street, you gotta be handy with the steel, if you know what I mean. Earn your keep. Warren Griffin III
As you probably know, BlackBerry shutdown all their Blackberry OS services from January 4, 2022 and the old download links are now dead as a chipmunk in Dubai. Not only that, but it seems like they requested the removal of the remaining artifacts from various archive sites. Don’t worry, its for our sake, you wouldn’t want “illegal” stuff flying around, wouldn’t you?
Now, what can you do if you want to start your own BlackBerry application in the year of Allah, 2022? Basically you need two components, the Momentics IDE and SDK API level files (you need to do an offline installation because Momentics can’t download them from the BlackBerry servers anymore). Actually three, because you also need heavy alcohol consumption to get you through it.
Start by downloading the Momentics IDE for your platform (the computer you’re using, does it have an apple on it? macOS. Does it look like it was made in Ozztralia by a bunch of Vietnamese kids? Still macOS. Do you feel the urge to throw the computer outside a window someday? It’s Windows. Did you happen to sign the Richard Stallman support petition? Congratulations, it’s a Linux. You get the idea.)
If you downloaded a version that’s not for Windows, well, you’re out of luck. The API level files are only for the Windows platform. If I ever happen to run into the files for macOS and Linux, I’ll update the article, but I wouldn’t hold my breath, unless it’s one of my BDSM sessions.
After January 4 it’s impossible to find the files for the latest API levels (
10.3.3.3204 is the newest), so instead we have to work with
The original files could be found on BlackBerry servers until 2022 but not anymore.
http://downloads.blackberry.com/upr/developers/update/bbndk/ndktargetrepo_10.3.1.995/packages/bbndk.win32.libraries.10.3.1.995.zip http://downloads.blackberry.com/upr/developers/update/bbndk/ndktargetrepo_10.3.1.995/packages/bbndk.win32.tools.10.3.1.12.zip http://downloads.blackberry.com/upr/developers/update/bbndk/ndktargetrepo_10.3.1.995/packages/bbndk.win32.cshost.10.3.1.995.zip http://downloads.blackberry.com/upr/developers/update/bbndk/ndktargetrepo_10.3.1.995/packages/bbndk.win32.qmldocs.10.3.1.995.zip http://downloads.blackberry.com/upr/developers/update/bbndk/ndktargetrepo_10.3.1.995/packages/bbndk.win32.documents.10.3.1.995.zip http://downloads.blackberry.com/upr/developers/update/bbndk/ndktargetrepo_10.3.1.995/packages/bbndk.win32.licenses.10.3.1.995.zip http://downloads.blackberry.com/upr/developers/update/bbndk/ndktargetrepo_10.3.1.995/packages/bbndk.win32.qconfigmk.10.3.1.995.zip http://downloads.blackberry.com/upr/developers/update/bbndk/ndktargetrepo_10.3.1.995/packages/bbndk.win32.samples.10.3.1.995.zip
You do notice a pattern, right?
<API_LEVEL> is the API level version,
10.3.1.995 in this case,
<PLATFORM> is the name of the platform,
win32 for Windows,
macosx for macOS and
linux for … Linux.
In theory, if we wanted to download the files for API level
10.0.9.2372 and Linux platform, we could construct the URL like this:
In spite of all the problems I encountered during the past hour, I got the files for the API level
10.3.1.995 and I didn’t even have to social-engineer someone from BlackBerry (HELLO THERE LAPSUS$!).
Behold the aforementioned files, since the internet is the playground of the big corporations, you will need to use Tor browser to download the files.
- bbndk.win32.libraries.10.3.1.995.zip - 1.61 GB, BlackBerry 10 Native SDK libraries
- bbndk.win32.tools.10.3.1.12.zip - 304.9 MB, BlackBerry 10 Native SDK tools
- bbndk.win32.cshost.10.3.1.995.zip - 20.8 MB
- bbndk.win32.documents.10.3.1.995.zip - 32.1 MB, BlackBerry 10 Native SDK documents
- bbndk.win32.qconfigmk.10.3.1.995.zip - 5 KB
- bbndk.win32.samples.10.3.1.995.zip - 104 KB, BlackBerry 10 Native SDK samples
- bbndk.win32.licenses.10.3.1.995.zip, BlackBerry 10 Native SDK licenses - not needed, we have a license to kill anyway.
c:\bbndk_api\ (create that directory first) so that you get a new directory inside named
c:\bbndk_api\ and you’ll get another directory inside named
c:\bbndk_api\ and their contents will get merged into the
Now you should have a directory
c:\bbndk_api\ and inside it two more directories,
Install Momentics IDE by double-clicking the
momentics-2.1.2-201503050937.win32.x86.setup.exe (if you want to install it for a different platform, do open that specific file but keep in mind the API level files are for the Windows platform. You know … Bill Gates, Allah forgive me for saying its name out loud). Leave the destination folder to
C:\bbndk and click
Next few times until the installation begins. Grab a glass of water and get your daily water intake until the install is done (or vodka, if we’re still allowed to use that name).
Open Momentics, go to the Help menu and click on the Update API Levels… submenu, go to the Custom tab. Click on the Add New Custom SDK button and the Import SDK Platform window opens. In the Target Path field you need to enter the path to the
target_10_3_1_995 directory (basically
c:\bbndk_api\target_10_3_1_995\) and in the Host Path field you need to enter the path to the
host_10_3_1_12 directory (likewise,
c:\bbndk_api\host_10_3_1_12\). Don’t enter manually, click the Browse buttons and select the path. The Name field is not important, leave it to
target_10_3_1_995 or change it, the Version field should autocomplete to
10.3.1.995. Click Finish.
That’s it, now you can create a sample BlackBerry project. Takedown request from BlackBerry in 5 … 4 …
created Tuesday, October 11, 2022
updated Tuesday, February 14, 2023
tags #blackberry, #development