Version: 2017.4
Settings Managers

Build Settings

You can use the Build Settings window to choose your target platform, adjust settings for your build, and start the build process. To access the Build Settings window, go to File > Build Settings. Once you specify your build settings, you can click Build to create your build, or click Build And Run to create and run your build on the platform you have specified.

Build Settings window
Build Settings window

Scenes in Build

This part of the window shows the Scenes from your Project that will be included in your build. If you can’t see any Scenes in this area, use the Add Open Scenes button to add the current Scene to the build, or you can drag Scene assets into this window from your Project window. You can also untick Scenes in this list to exclude them from the build without removing it from the list. If you never need a Scene in the build you can remove it from the list of Scenes by pressing the Delete key on your keyboard.

Scenes that are you tick and add to the Scenes in Build list are included in the build. Unity uses the list of Scenes to control the order the Scenes are loaded. To adjust the order of the Scenes, drag them up or down the list.

Platform list

The Platform area beneath the Scenes in Build area lists all the platforms which are available to your Unity version. Some platforms might be greyed out to indicate they are not part of your version. To control which platform will be built, select one of the platforms in the list. If you change the target platform, you need to press the Switch Platform button to apply your change. This might take some, because your assets might need to be re-imported in formats that match your target platform. The platform you have selected is indicated with a Unity icon to the right of the platform name.

The platform you select shows a list of options that you can adjust for the build. Each platform might have different options. These options are listed below. Options that are common across many platforms are listed at the very bottom of this section under the Generic items across builds details.

PC, Mac & Linux Standalone

Option Purpose
Target Platform
Windows Build for Windows
Mac OS X Build for Mac
Linux Build for Linux
x86 32-bit CPU
x86_64 64-bit CPU
Universal All CPU devices
x86 + x86_64 (Universal) All CPU devices for Linux
Copy PDB files (Windows only) Enable this checkbox to include Microsoft program database (PDB) files in the built Standalone Player. PDB files contain application debugging information that is useful for debugging, but might increase the size of your Player. This setting is disabled by default.
Create Visual Studio Solution (Windows only) Enable this checkbox to generate Visual Studio Solution files for your Project, so you can build your final executable in Visual Studio.
Headless Mode (Linux only) Enable this checkbox to build your application for server use and with no visual elements.


Option Purpose
Run in Xcode Select the version of Xcode to use in the build. If you select the Latest version, the build uses the most recent version of Xcode on your machine.
Run in Xcode as
Release Shipping version
Debug Testing version
Symlink Unity libraries Reference the Unity libraries instead of copying them into the XCode project. This option reduces the XCode project size.


Option Purpose
Texture Compression Choose from the following texture compression formats:
Don’t override
DXT (Tegra)
ATC (Adreno)
ETC (default)
ETC2 (GLES 3.0)
For advice on using these formats, see Getting started with Android development.
ETC2 fallback For Android devices that don’t support ETC2, override the default ETC2 texture decompression by choosing from 32 or 16 bit format, or 32 bit format with half the resolution.
Build System
        Internal (Default) Generate the output package (APK) using the internal Unity build process, based on Android SDK utilities.
        Gradle (New) Generate the output package (APK) using the Gradle build system. Supports direct Build and Run and exporting the project to a directory. This is the preferred option for exporting a project, as Gradle is the native format for Android Studio.
        ADT (Legacy) Export the project in ADT (eclipse) format. The output package (APK) can be built in eclipse or Android Studio. This project type is no longer supported by Google and is considered obsolete.
SDKs for App Stores Select which third party app stores to integrate with. To include an integration, click Add next to an App Store name. The Unity Package Manager automatically downloads and includes the relevant integration package.


Build Settings for WebGL use the generic settings shown later on this page.

Samsung TV

Build Settings for Samsung TV use the generic settings shown later on this page.


For information about building projects for Xiaomi Game Center, see Unity Xiaomi documentation.

Other platforms

Console platforms and devices which require a Unity license will be documented in the Platform Specific section of the User Guide.

Generic items across builds

Option Purpose
Development Build Enable this option to include debug symbols and the Profiler in your build. You should use this option when you want to test your application
Autoconnect Profiler You can use this option when you enable the Development Build setting. When you enable this option, the Unity Profiler automatically connects to your build.
Script Debugging When the Development Build option is selected, and this option is enabled it allows your script code to be debugged. Not available on WebGL.
Scripts Only Build Run a build to test script changes. You need to build the whole Project once before you can use this option.
Compression Method Compress the data in your Project when you build the Player. This includes Assets, Scenes, Player settings, and GI data. Choose between the following methods:
Default On PC, Mac, Linux Standalone, and iOS, there is no compression by default. On Android, the default compression is ZIP, which gives slightly better compression results than LZ4HC, but data is slower to decompress.
LZ4 A fast compression format that is useful for development builds. For more information, see BuildOptions.CompressWithLz4.
LZ4HC A high compression variant of LZ4 that is slower to build but produces better results for release builds. For more information, see BuildOptions.CompressWithLz4HC.

  • • 2017–08–24 Page amended

  • Xiaomi build target added in 2017.2 NewIn20172

  • Tizen support discontinued in 2017.3 NewIn20173

Settings Managers