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The libopencm3 project aims to create an open-source firmware library for
various ARM Cortex-M3 microcontrollers.

Currently (at least partly) supported microcontrollers:

 - ST STM32F1 series
 - ST STM32F2 series
 - ST STM32F4 series
 - NXP LPC1311/13/42/43

The library is written completely from scratch based on the vendor datasheets,
programming manuals, and application notes. The code is meant to be used
with a GCC toolchain for ARM (arm-elf or arm-none-eabi), flashing of the
code to a microcontroller can be done using the OpenOCD ARM JTAG software.

Status and API

The libopencm3 project is currently work in progress. Not all subsystems
of the microcontrollers are supported, yet.

IMPORTANT: The API of the library is NOT yet considered stable! Please do
           not rely on it, yet! Changes to function names, macro names etc.
           can happen at any time without prior notice!

TIP: Include this repository as a GIT submodule in your project. To make sure
     your users get the right version of the library to compile your project.
     For how that can be done refer to the libopencm3-examples repository.


Building requires python, and a python YAML module. (Some code is generated)

For Ubuntu
 $ [sudo] apt-get install python-yaml

For Fedora
 $ [sudo] yum install PyYAML

For Windows
 Download and install:
 msys -
 Python - (use installer to get the right registry keys for PyYAML)
 arm-none-eabi toolchain - for example this one
 Run msys shell and set the path without standard Windows paths, so Windows programs such as 'find' won't interfere:
 export PATH="/c//Python27:/c/ARMToolchain/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin"
 After that you can navigate to the folder where you've extracted libopencm3 and build it.


 $ make

You may want to override the toolchain (e.g., arm-elf or arm-none-eabi):

 $ PREFIX=arm-none-eabi make

For a more verbose build you can use

 $ make V=1

Fine-tuning the build

The build may be fine-tuned with a limited number of parameters, by specifying
them as environment variables, for example:

 $ VARIABLE=value make

* FP_FLAGS - Control the floating-point ABI
   If the Cortex-M core supports a hard float ABI, it will be compiled with
   floating-point support by default. In cases where this is not desired, the
   behavior can be specified by setting FP_FLAGS. Currently, M4F cores default
   to "-mfloat-abi=hard -mfpu=fpv4-sp-d16" and others to no FP flags
     $ FP_FLAGS="-mfloat-abi=soft" make               # No hardfloat
     $ FP_FLAGS="-mfloat-abi=hard -mfpu=magic" make   # New FPU we don't know of

Example projects

The libopencm3 community has written and is maintaining a huge collection of
examples, displaying the capabilities and uses of the library. You can find all
of them in the libopencm3-examples repository:


 $ make install

This will install the library into /usr/local. (permissions permitting)

If you want to install it elsewhere, use the following syntax:

 $ make DESTDIR=/opt/libopencm3 install

If you want to attempt to install into your toolchain, use this:

 $ make DETECT_TOOLCHAIN=1 install

Note: If you install this into your toolchain, you don't need to pass
any extra -L or -I flags into your projects.  However, this also means
you must NOT pass any -L or -I flags that point into the toolchain. This
_will_ confuse the linker.  (ie, for summon-arm-toolchain, do NOT pass
-L/home/user/sat/lib) Common symptoms of confusing
the linker are hard faults caused by branches into arm code.
You can use objdump to check for this in your final elf.

Coding style and development guidelines



The libopencm3 code is released under the terms of the GNU Lesser General
Public License (LGPL), version 3 or later.

See COPYING.GPL3 and COPYING.LGPL3 for details.


 * You can reach us in #libopencm3 on the freenode IRC network.

Mailing lists

 * Developer mailing list (for patches and discussions):

 * Commits mailing list (receives one mail per 'git push'):