Developer Guide (Version 1.12)

Creating an AZ Module That Is Not a Gem

AZ modules are in preview release and subject to change.

Beginning with Lumberyard 1.5, gems are AZ modules, so the preferred way to build an AZ module is to simply create a new gem. However, if your project requires an AZ module that must not be built as a gem, follow the steps provided here.

A. Start with a Gem

Because gems have all the required code for an AZ module, it's easier to create a gem first and then modify it not to be a gem. As an added convenience, the new gem names the code for you in an intuitive way. For an explanation of the code that you get in a new gem, see Parts of an AZ Module, Explained.

To create and modify a gem

  1. First, create a gem by performing the following steps:

    1. Go to your Lumberyard \dev\Bin64\ directory, then run ProjectConfigurator.exe.

    2. Select your project (the default is SamplesProject).

    3. Click Enable Gems.

    4. Click Create a New Gem.

    5. Type the name for your new module. (The example on this page uses the name "HelloWorld".)

    6. Click Ok.

  2. Move and rename the code directory from the new gem to your desired location. For example, move the directory



    dev/Code/<optional subfolder>/HelloWorld

  3. To remove the remaining noncode pieces of the gem, delete the directory dev/Gems/HelloWorld.

B. Modify the AZ Module Declaration

AZ modules that are not gems must not have UUIDs in their names, so you must modify the gem's .cpp file accordingly.

To modify the .cpp file

  1. Remove the code that looks like the following:

    // DO NOT MODIFY THIS LINE UNLESS YOU RENAME THE GEM // The first parameter should be GemName_GemIdLower // The second should be the fully qualified name of the class above AZ_DECLARE_MODULE_CLASS(HelloWorld_010c14ae7f0f4eb1939405d439a9481a, HelloWorld::HelloWorldModule)
  2. Replace the AZ_DECLARE_MODULE_CLASS declaration with one that follows this syntax:

    AZ_DECLARE_MODULE_CLASS(HelloWorld, HelloWorld::HelloWorldModule)

    The first argument (HelloWorld) is a unique identifier to be included in your project.json file, and should match the target field of your wscript. You will do these steps later. The second argument is the same fully qualified name of the class already defined in your .cpp file.

C. Remove CryEngine References (Optional)

If your module does not access code from CryEngine (for example, it does not access gEnv), perform these additional steps.

To remove CryEngine references

  1. Make the following changes to your .cpp file (in this example, HelloWorldModule.cpp).

    1. Remove #include <platform_impl.h>

    2. Remove #include <IGem.h>

    3. Add #include <AzCore/Module/Module.h>

    4. Change HelloWorldModule to inherit directly from AZ::Module instead of from CryHooksModule

  2. Remove the following include statement from the StdAfx.h file:

    #include <platform.h> // Many CryCommon files require that this be included first.

D. Modify the Wscript and Waf Spec Files

Next, you must modify the default wscript file to remove gem-specific commands, add your module directory to the wscript file, and add your module to the appropriate waf spec files.

To modify the wscript and waf spec files

  1. Modify the wscript contents to resemble the following:

    def build(bld): bld.CryEngineModule( target = 'HelloWorld', vs_filter = 'Game', # visual studio filter path file_list = 'HelloWorld.waf_files', platforms = ['all'], configurations = ['all'], pch = ['source/StdAfx.h'], use = ['AzFramework'], includes = ['include', 'source'], )
  2. Modify the wscript in a parent directory so that waf recurses your module's directory, as in the following example.

    # ... SUBFOLDERS = [ # ..., 'HelloWorld' ] # ...
  3. To enable waf to build your module, add the module to the appropriate waf spec files in your Lumberyard directory (dev\_WAF_\specs\*.json), as in the following example:

    { // ... "modules": { // ... "HelloWorld" } // ... }

E. Configure Your Project to Load the New Module

When your project launches, it loads the modules listed in the dev/<project_assets>/Config/Game.xml file (the Editor.xml file is used when Lumberyard Editor is launched). These files are automatically generated and should not be edited by hand.

To configure your project to load your AZ module

  1. To ensure your non-gem module is included in these automatically generated lists, add the following lines to your project.json file (path location dev/<project_asset_folder>/project.json):

    { // ... "flavors": { "Game": { "modules": [ "LmbrCentral", "HelloWorld" ] }, "Editor": { "modules": [ "LmbrCentralEditor", "HelloWorld" ] } } }


    The flavors section may be missing from your project. If it is not present, Lumberyard assumes that the LmbrCentral module is used for Game, and that the LmbrCentralEditor module is used for Editor.

  2. From the dev directory, run the following command from a command prompt.

    Bin64\lmbr.exe projects populate-appdescriptors

    This command modifies the Game.xml and Editor.xml  files to list the HelloWorld module.

F. Add the Module's Public Interfaces to Your Project's Include Paths

Finally, to make your AZ module's public interfaces available to the rest of your project, you must inform them project of your module's include directory.

To make your AZ modules public interfaces available to your project

  • In your project's wscript file, edit the includes line to point to your project's include directory, as in the following example.

    # ... includes = [..., bld.Path('Code/Engine/HelloWorld/include')], # ...