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ARM eCross EABI Toolchain for Windows and Linux

A cross compiler toolchain is always needed for developing microcontroller firmware on a PC host. This cross-compiler is specialised for the used target platform. The cross-compiler translates the C source-code on the host platform (Windows or Linux PC) to the target platform machine code (e.g. for the eNet-sam7X board). We provide a free ARM EABI cross toolchain to the OpenSource community. It is available to compile your C- and C++ sources for ARM and Cortex M3 architecture.

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The arm-eCross-eabi toolchain is fully based on OpenSource components and provides an ARM EABI cross compiler, Debugger and C-library for Windows and Linux.

The arm-eCross-eabi toolchain was developed to provide a free of charge cross-toolchain for our own products. Sure, you cann use this toolchain without any license frees and and it's usage is not limited to Embedded-IT products. In contrary, you can use it with any ARM or Cortex microcontroller you like. As it is an OpenSource project, feel free to take part in the development.

The first goal was the development of a free eabi toolchain for Linux. In fact there just exists several pre-build ARM EABI toolchains for Linux, but they are not well supported in most cases and updates or patches does not exists in most cases. The second goal was to provide the same toolchain for Windows users as well. It should be running as native Windows program without the need of cygwin libraries.

The arm-eCross-eabi toolchain is based on the Yagarto toolchain and provides the recent versions of the GNU ARM C compiler (arm-none-eabi-gcc / arm-eCross-eabi-gcc) GNU ARM debugger (arm-none-eabi-gdb / arm-eCross-eabi-gdb) and current Binutils and the Newlib standard c-library (libc). We will update the toolchain on a regular base to always provide most recent compiler features. For example, the linux version supportes link time optimization (LTO) and the new GOLD linker.

The current ARM eCross EABI Toolchain (Rev. 20110202) is based on the following components:

  • Compiler: GNU GCC 4.5.1
  • Binutils: GNU Binutils 2.21
  • Debugger: GNU GDB 7.2
  • Standard C library: Newlib 1.19.0

Installation on Linux

Installing the toolchain on your Linux PC is quite simple. Just extract the tar.gz archive in a folder into your home directory:

cd ~/
tar xzf arm-eCross-eabi-2011-02-02.tar.gz

A new folder arm-eCross-eabi will be created. You'll find the toolchain binaries in arm-eCross-eabi/bin. To be able to use the toolchain from any place in your system you still need to add the toolchain path to your search path for executable programs. Assuming you have installed the toolchain into your home directory can can add the toolchain to your PATH using the following command:

export PATH=$PATH:~/arm-eCross-eabi/bin

Unfortunately this settings is not permanent and is only available in the current shell. If a new shell is opened, you have the make the settings again. To save this setting permanently you have to modify the hidden file ~/.bashrc and add the above command at the end of the file. The new PATH settings will be available for any newly opened shell from now on.

Installation on Windows

On Windows, just install the toolchain using the installer program (see the downloads below). If you install the toolchain with standard settings, it will be installed to


and a link in will be added to the start menu. The Windows Search path will be modified automaticaly, so you can use the toolchain from anywhere in your windows installation

If you later like to remove the toolchain installation, you can use the standard uninstaller.


The GNU tools (GCC, Binutils, GDB etc.) and the eCross-Toolchain-Builder are licensed under GPL / LGPL licenses.

Newlib is licensed under differen licenses. Please check the Newlib sourcecode package for further informations about the different licenses.

Please check the source packages for licensing details.

  GNU General Public License
  GNU Lesser General Public License


  ARM eCross EABI Toolchain for Linux
  ARM eCross EABI Toolchain for Windows: Will be available soon...
  Sourcen ARM eCross EABI Toolchain-Builder including Patches

Source codes of the used OpenSource components
(eCross Rev. 20110202)


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