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A software development kit (SDK or devkit) (also called a system development kit) is typically a set of development tools that allows a software developer to create applications for a certain software package, software framework, hardware platform, computer system, videogame console, operating system, or similar platform.


It may be something as simple as an application programming interface (API) in the form of some files to interface to a particular programming language or include sophisticated hardware to communicate with a certain embedded system. Common tools include debugging aids and other utilities often presented in an integrated development environment (IDE). SDKs also frequently include sample code and supporting technical notes or other supporting documentation to help clarify points from the primary reference material.

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