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Created: Risalmin (09 Dec 2009)
Last edited: hamishwillee (30 May 2013)
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This article explains how to add a plugin for Carbide.c++ to quickly compile your Flash project into a Symbian installable application for S60 3rd edition and 5th edition Nokia Symbian devices. If you are interested in packaging into a WRT widget, see the article How to package Flash content in a Widget. If you want to package Flash for Series 40 phones, go and see this document about the NFL format.



You need to have access to a computer with Windows operating system. If you already have a working Symbian SDK and Carbide.c++ IDE installed, you can skip to Step 1.

Download and install Symbian SDK

The Symbian SDKs are free. You are only required to register as Nokia Developer member, which is also free. You can find the following SDKs here

Note.pngNote: Read the release notes corresponding to your choice of the SDK. From the release notes you will learn:

  • If you need to have installed some 3rd party software like ActivePerl and Java Runtime Environment (JRE).
  • Known issues (e.g. installation problems and known bugs or limitations)
If you have Windows Vista, also see Using Nokia SDKs and Tools on Windows Vista.

Once you are sure you have all the necessary pieces of the SDK puzzle, install the SDK on your PC.

Install Carbide.c++

Carbide.c++ is a free IDE from Nokia, you can download and install it from the link below

Creating and testing a Flash Stub app

Follow the steps below to create a Flash Stub application. Please note, that to be able to publish sis file in the Nokia Store you need to have a publisher account for the Nokia Store and to sign the sis file. More information about signing in the chapter Ready for Signing

Step 1. Add the Wizard template for Flash Stub

(only needed once)

  • Make sure Carbide.c++ is not running and closed.
  • Unzip and drop this .jar file to <installation path>/plugins (for example C:\Apps\Nokia\Carbide.c++ v2.0\plugins)

Step 2. Open Carbide and create a new stub

  • Start a new project (ctrl+N)
  • In Select Wizard dialog, select 'Symbian OS/Symbian OS C++ project
    (Click Next)
  • In Select type of project dialog, select Flash stub application
    (Click Next)
  • Give a name to your project
    (Click Next)
  • Select the SDK
    Flash does not work in the emulator, select only Phone Release GCCE
    (Click Next)
  • Give your project’s UID, you author name and a Copyright, if desired
    NOTE: For the first trial, you might wish to leave the Test UID there, since a “real” UID will not work for Self Signing
    (Click Finish)

Step 3. Drop your own content in


  • Select the data folder under the project.
    If you cannot see the Data folder, select Window\Open perspective\Other…\C/C++
  • Right Click on the folder and select Show in Explorer
  • Drop your SWF into this folder, rename it and replace the one in the folder (it’s a placeholder swf)
    The name needs to be the same as the placeholder swf.
    If you have more than one file, add the extra files your PKG file in the 'group folder

Step 5. Test the content

  • Select your project in the left pane
  • Press Ctrl+B to build the project
    Wait for the build to finish
  • Right click on the sis folder and select Show in Explorer
  • Send the *.sisx file to your device (sis=unsigned, sisx=self signed)
    *.sis is an unsigned file, which cannot be installed anywhere. the 'x' in the end is not mandatory for signed files, it's for convenience only.
    Emulators don’t support Flash, so you need to have a supported device
    If you do not have a supported device check the Remote Device Access service

Note.pngNote: For S60 3rd Edition: The sis will compatible with both S60 5th and S60 3rd edition devices, but is if you are targeting a S60 3rd edition device, you cannot have the location capability in a self signed application. So in this case you need to edit the *.mmp file in the group folder and remove the location keyword at the end of the file.

Creating the actual application

Getting a UID

Nokia publishers can request to have certain apps signed for free by Nokia, reducing the turnaround time. Nokia Publisher Support sends the Publisher a list of UID's. You can find out how to request the UIDs from Nokia here. If you do not wish to make a commercial application, you can use the automatically generated UID, it's from a free range and can be used for testing and Self signed apps. But a commercial application needs a "proper" UID assigned to your company name.

Make a new Flash Stub project

(O.K. this is not absolutely necessary, you can of course find and replace each and every occurrence of the UID all over the project, but since the Wizard is so nice and easy to use, why not take advantage of it ;o)

  • Repeat steps 2 and 3

Step 6. Getting ready for delivery


  • Edit the content of qtn_caption_string in group\<projectname>.rls
    This is used as your application title in the device
    Make it as short as possible, there is not much room on the Applications menu
  • Drop a new SVG icon to “gfx” folder, remove the placeholder svg and give your icon the same name it had.
    More information about creating SVG icons in: How to create a Symbian application icon (SVG)

Ready for signing?

Now that you have your file in a commercial format you cannot self sign it anymore with a self signing key. In the previous steps Carbide was creating a self signing key for you, but since you are now using a proper UID you need to have the file properly signed. You can submit the app (the unsigned SIS file with the UID provided) via the Nokia Publish tool. Nokia Store quality assurance (QA) tests the app based on Content Guidelines, specific operator guidelines, and the Symbian Signed Test Criteria. If it passes, the app will be express-signed by Nokia and published in Nokia Store.

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