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Signed-off-by: Jerome Forissier <>
Reviewed-by: Joakim Bech <>
Latest commit 5355fdb Jul 6, 2018


The optee-client git, containing the source code for the TEE client library in Linux. This component provides the TEE Client API as defined by the GlobalPlatform TEE standard. It is distributed under the BSD 2-clause open-source license. For a general overview of OP-TEE, please see the file.

In this git there are two main target/binaries to build. There is, which is the library that contains that API for communication with the Trusted OS. Then the other target is the binary tee-supplicant which is a daemon serving the Trusted OS in secure world with miscellaneous features, such as file system access.


The software is provided under the BSD 2-Clause license.

Platforms supported

This software in this git doesn't directly have any dependencies to any particular hardware, since it's pure software library directly communicating with the Linux kernel. Currently the software has been tested using:

  • STMicroelectronics b2020-h416 (orly-2) hardware (32-bits)
  • Some initial testing has been done using Foundation FVP, which can be downloaded free of charge.

Get and build the software

Get the compiler

We will strive to use the latest available compiler from Linaro. This file refers to a list of toolchains we have used and know are working in our setups. Start by downloading and unpacking a compiler from it. Then export the PATH to the bin folder.

$ cd $HOME
$ mkdir toolchains
$ cd toolchains
$ wget [url/to/gcc_tarball]
$ tar xvf [gcc_tarball]
$ export PATH=$HOME/toolchains/[gcc_extracted_dir]/bin:$PATH

Download the source code

$ cd $HOME
$ mkdir devel
$ cd devel
$ git clone


During a transition period it will be possible to build using the plain old makefiles, but it will also be possible to build using CMake. To build using the old makefiles, simply run:

$ cd $HOME/devel/optee_client
$ make

If you prefer using CMake instead, then create a build folder where you run cmake, like this for example:

$ cd $HOME/devel/optee_client
$ make build
$ cd build

# This example uses an Armv7-A / 32bit toolchain, adjust accordingly.
$ export CC="<your_project_path>/toolchains/aarch32/bin/arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc"

# cmake here take optional flags, if you for example wants to install files in
# another location than default, then one can use
# -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=<my-install-path> as an argument to cmake.
$ cmake ..
$ make

# Optional
$ make install

For a 64-bit build:

$ make CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-linux-gnu-

Compiler flags

To be able to see the full command when building you could build using following flag:

$ make V=1

Coding standards

In this project we are trying to adhere to the same coding convention as used in the Linux kernel (see CodingStyle). We achieve this by running checkpatch from Linux kernel. However there are a few exceptions that we had to make since the code also follows GlobalPlatform standards. The exceptions are as follows:

  • CamelCase for GlobalPlatform types are allowed.
  • And we also exclude checking third party code that we might use in this project, such as LibTomCrypt, MPA, newlib (not in this particular git, but those are also part of the complete TEE solution). The reason for excluding and not fixing third party code is because we would probably deviate too much from upstream and therefore it would be hard to rebase against those projects later on (and we don't expect that it is easy to convince other software projects to change coding style).


Since checkpatch is licensed under the terms of GNU GPL License Version 2, we cannot include this script directly into this project. Therefore we have written the Makefile so you need to explicitly point to the script by exporting an environment variable, namely CHECKPATCH. So, suppose that the source code for the Linux kernel is at $HOME/devel/linux, then you have to export like follows:

$ export CHECKPATCH=$HOME/devel/linux/scripts/

thereafter it should be possible to use one of the different checkpatch targets in the Makefile. There are targets for checking all files, checking against latest commit, against a certain base-commit etc. For the details, read the Makefile.