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A port of GCC to the Parallax Propeller

This project uses submodules so it requires a slightly different setup procedure:

git clone
cd propeller-gcc
git submodule init
git submodule update

After cloning the propeller-gcc repository and updating the submodules you need to fetch some additional libraries needed to build GCC. Doing this requires that you have wget available on your machine.

cd propeller-gcc/gcc

MacOS does not seem to come with wget so you will probably have to add an alias at the start of the download_prerequisits file:

alias wget="curl -O"

Also, the Xcode compiler seems to be more picky than the compilers on other platforms so you will probably need to disable some warnings:


To build propeller-gcc (currently builds gcc4):


To build with gcc4:

make GCCDIR=gcc4

To build with gcc5:

make GCCDIR=gcc

To install propeller-gcc into /opt/parallax:

sudo make install

To install propeller-gcc to another location:

INSTALL=/my/install/directory make install

To update all submodules to the latest commit in their home repositories:

git submodule foreach git pull origin master

============================================================== Cross Compilation Instructions

This is a guide for how to produce propeller-elf-gcc tools for Windows (32 bit) or Raspberry Pi on your Linux machine. Both could be produced natively, but take a long time to build, so cross compilation is attractive.

The instructions assume a Ubuntu 14.04 LTS machine is being used to do the builds. Other Linux versions should work as well (in particular newer Ubuntu releases). They also assume you can already build the native Linux tools.

NOTE: all cross-compilations require that the native Propeller tools be built first, and that they are available on the PATH. Typically this is done by adding /opt/parallax/bin to your PATH environment variable.

============================================================== WINDOWS

(1) Install the mingw-w64 toolchain for Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install mingw-w64

(2) Make the native propeller-gcc toolchain (if you haven't already) by doing: make sudo make install in the propeller-gcc directory. The output is in /opt/parallax.

(3) Build the Win32 toolchain by doing: make CROSS=win32 in the propeller-gcc directory. The output is in ../propeller-gcc-win32-build.

============================================================== RASPBERRY PI

(1) Install a Raspberry Pi cross compiler. I followed the directions from, but I skipped all the Eclipse stuff (the command line tools are all we need). This boils down to:

mkdir ~/rpi
cd ~/rpi
git clone git://
export PATH=$PATH:~/rpi/tools/arm-bcm2708/gcc-linaro-arm-linux-gnueabihf-raspbian/bin/

You'll probably want to add the "export PATH=..." stuff to one of your startup scripts, e.g. .bashrc, so as to avoid typing it every time.

NOTE: if you install the Raspberry Pi cross compiler in a different place, or use a different cross compiler, then you'll have to adjust the definitions in the Makefile. In particular the CURSES_PREFIX variable will have to be set so that the ncurses library can be installed in the proper place (where the ARM libraries are), and obviously the CROSS_TARGET setting will have to reflect the proper name for the toolchain -- gcc, for example, will be invoked as $(CROSS_TARGET)-gcc.

(2) Make the native propeller-gcc toolchain (if you haven't already).

(3) Build the Raspberry Pi toolchain by doing: make CROSS=rpi in the propeller-gcc directory. The output is in ../propeller-gcc-rip-build.

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