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2 Posts authored by: Vijay Kumar Duddu

RhoMobile works with Windows 8.x, but the installer places RhoMobile files in the same directory structure as on a Windows 7 system. This includes placement of launcher shortcuts and web links in the "Start Menu" folder. Since Windows 8 lacks a Start Menu, there's an extra step or two following an install to make the RhoMobile launchers visible.

After running the RhoMobile installer in Windows 8.x, do the following

  • While on the "Start Screen" UI (aka "Metro"), right-click at the bottom of the screen until the App Bar appears (on Win8.1, the button should appear without right-clicking).
  • Click the "All Apps" button to show all apps. The RhoStudio apps should appear as a group. Launch the desired app from there, or...
  • Right-click the 32-bit RhoStudio app launcher and select "Pin to Taskbar." This will make it easy to access from the Desktop. Repeat this action for other launchers and for links to Documentation and Developer Community, if desired.

NOTE: The Windows 8 Desktop by default allows only 32-bit applications. For running the 64-bit RhoStudio, see the 64-bit RhoStudio section, below.

64-bit Windows and 64-bit RhoMobile

The 32- and 64-bit versions of RhoMobile are functionally equivalent. There's no disadvantage to using the 32-bit RhoMobile on development hosts with 64-bit Windows.

However, if you'd prefer to run the 64-bit version of RhoMobile on your 64-bit Windows machine, you'll need to manually download and install the 64-bit version of the Java development kit. *NOTE: This is different than the Java version that might already be on your system for browsers.*

To get the current 64-bit JDK: 

  • Visit Oracle's Java Developer Kit Download page, select, download and install the 64-bit Java version for Mac OS X or Windows as appropriate for your system.
  • To confirm the the JDK path, launch RhoStudio and go to Window>>Preferences>>RhoMobile. The "Java bin path" should be:

C:\Program Files\Java\jdk<version number>\bin

Be appy,


RhoMobile SP3 (v5.0.38) has been released. Read the release notes


Download the SP3 Windows binaries

Download the SP3 Mac OS X binaries

RhoMobile Suite 5.0 Service Pack 3 has been released. SP3 will update your current installation of RhoMobile Suite to version 5.0.38, and incorporates all previous service packs.

The main enhancement delivered by SP3 is support for MobileIron in Rho apps written for iOS. Now, iOS developers can leverage MobileIron Tunnel, a per-app VPN that lets mobile apps seamlessly access resources behind a corporate firewall.


MobileIron is one of four top-tier players in the worldwide market for mobile device management (MDM) solutions, which offer centralized management for smartphones, tablets and other handheld devices. MDM solutions came to prominence along with the rise of such devices, which were entering the enterprise unmanaged and unsecured.


Download the Windows binaries



Download the Mac OS X binaries


Read the SP3 release notes


In case you missed it

iOS also played prominently in Service Pack 2 (RMS 5.0.30); it introduced the ability to build 64-bit iOS apps in compliance with Apple's latest terms and conditions. On Feb. 1, 2015, the company required that all new Apple Store submissions be built with the iOS 8 SDK and include support for Apple's 64-bit architecture. SP2 also resolved a major build issue for Windows Phone 8.

In Service Pack 1 (RMS 5.0.25), Zebra developers delivered an extensive list of new features, including support for iOS 8 across Apple's entire iOS 8 product line. It also added support for Apple's XCode 6.1 IDE with the iOS 8 SDK. Also delivered in SP1 was support for Android Jelly Bean across Zebra's MC3200 mobile computer family, plus the resolution of dozens of issues.

Read SP3 release notes (includes notes from prior service packs)

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