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meta-clang (a C language family frontend and LLVM compiler backend)

This layer provides clang/llvm as alternative to your system C/C++ compiler for OpenEmbedded based distributions along with gcc

Getting Started

git clone git://
cd openembedded-core
git clone git://
git clone git://

$ . ./oe-init-build-env

Edit conf/bblayers.conf to add meta-clang to layer mix e.g.

  /home/kraj/openembedded-core/meta-clang \
  /home/kraj/openembedded-core/meta \

Default Compiler Switch

Note that by default gcc will remain the system compiler, however if you wish clang to be the default compiler then set

TOOLCHAIN ?= "clang"

in local.conf, this would now switch to using clang as default compiler systemwide you can select clang per package too by writing bbappends for them containing

TOOLCHAIN = "clang"

Default C++ Standard Library Switch

Note that by default clang libc++ is default C++ standard library, however if you wish GNU libstdc++ to be the default one then set


in local.conf. You can select libstdc++ per package too by writing bbappends for them containing

LIBCPLUSPLUS_toolchain-clang_pn-<recipe> = ""

Default Compiler Runtime ( Compiler-rt + libcxx )

By default, clang build from meta-clang uses gcc runtime ( libgcc + libstdc++ ) out of box However, it is possible to switch to using Clang runtime as default, In order to do that following settings are needed in site configurations e.g. in local.conf

TOOLCHAIN ?= "clang"
TARGET_CXXFLAGS_append_toolchain-clang = " --stdlib=libc++"
TUNE_CCARGS_append_toolchain-clang = " --rtlib=compiler-rt --stdlib=libc++"


Below we build for qemuarm machine as an example

$ MACHINE=qemux86 bitbake core-image-base


$ runqemu qemux86


Few components do not build with clang, if you have a component to add to that list simply add it to conf/ e.g.

TOOLCHAIN_pn-<recipe> = "gcc"

and OE will start using gcc to cross compile that recipe.

And if a component does not build with libc++, you can add it to conf/ e.g.

CXX_remove_pn-<recipe>_toolchain-clang = " -stdlib=libc++ "


URI: git://
branch: master
revision: HEAD

URI: git://
branch: master
revision: HEAD

Send pull requests to with '[meta-clang]' in the subject'

When sending single patches, please use something like:

'git send-email -M -1 --to --subject-prefix=meta-clang][PATCH'

You are encouraged to fork the mirror on github to share your patches, this is preferred for patch sets consisting of more than one patch. Other services like gitorious, or self hosted setups are of course accepted as well, 'git fetch ' works the same on all of them. We recommend github because it is free, easy to use, has been proven to be reliable and has a really good web GUI.

Layer Maintainer: Khem Raj

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