AutoSDK Reference

The AutoSDK system enables users to distribute target platform SDKs while configuring them for Unreal Engine on demand.

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The AutoSDK system provides a mechanism for distributing target platform SDKs and configuring them for use by the engine on demand. It was designed for build machines to serve multiple branches with different SDK requirements without needing to manually manage installed packages, but may also be used by developers that do not require a full SDK install. Typically, only a minimal toolset is available by default (for example, a compiler or deployment software).

UnrealBuildTool, AutomationTool, and the Unreal Editor are all designed to work seamlessly with AutoSDK, and the switch between SDKs is handled by UnrealBuildTool (UBT), which is invoked by the other tools.

For any engine verison, UnrealBuildTool has a preferred SDK version that it will attempt to use. These versions are typically defined by classes derived from UEBuildPlatform in the UBT source code.


Epic is not able to distribute SDKs for legal reasons, so this directory tree serves a template showing how to structure it. We recommend you start with an empty AutoSDK folder and copy files from here as you add a particular SDK version.

Do not configure the AutoSDK system to use this folder. It is just a template, and the system will not work without adding additional files.

So that multiple branches on a single machine can share it, the AutoSDK folder should be submitted to source control separately to the game or engine code.

Any developer wishing to use AutoSDK can sync it and set the UE_SDKS_ROOT environment variable to point to the path on their local machine for UBT, which contains it.


The AutoSDK directory structure is loosely defined and generally left to the discretion of each platform, but the directory structure follows this general pattern.

Directory Structure



Host platform that the SDKs can be used on.


Directory containing the "TargetPlatform" SDKs for "HostPlatform" (for example, "/HostWin64/Android/").


Directory containing the "TargetPlatform" 1.0 SDK for "HostPlatform".


Optional batch file that is run when setting up this SDK. "" on Mac/Linux.


Optional batch file that is run when removing this SDK. "" on Mac/Linux.

When run, Setup.bat will output a text file to the same directory called OutputEnvVars.txt, containing a list of environment variables to set in the form of NAME=VALUE as well as special directives to modify the PATH environment variable, such as ADDPATH=Foo and STRIPPATH=Foo.

Setup scripts written by Epic for supported SDK versions are included under this directory.


More information about adding SDKs for each platform is given by files in HostPlatform/TargetPlatform subfolders.

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