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Ada Embedded Network Stack

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This library is a small network stack that implements ARP, IPv4, UDP, DNS and DHCP protocols on top of an Ethernet driver. It can be compiled for a STM32F746 or a STM32F769 board to provide IPv4 network access to your project. This library is used by the EtherScope project to read network packets and analyze the traffic (See The following protocols are supported:

Before build the library you will need:

The library supports at least two boards and to simplify and help in the configuration and build process, you must run the configure script to configure the GNAT project files according to your target board. Run configure:


  configure --with-board=stm32f746


  configure --with-board=stm32f769

The Ada_Drivers_Library is imported as part of a Git submodule. To checkout everything, you may use the following commands:

  make checkout

Before building, make sure you have the GNAT ARM 2018 Ada compiler in your search path. Then, you may have to run the following command to configure everything for gprbuild:

  gprconfig --target=arm-eabi

You can build the library with:

  gprbuild --target=arm-eabi -Panet_stm32f746 -p

Note: if gprbuild command fails with:

gprconfig: can't find a toolchain for the following configuration:
gprconfig: language 'ada', target 'arm-eabi', default runtime

then, run again the gprconfig command and select the correct Ada ARM compiler.

Several demo applications are provided to illustrate how you can use the different network features. The demo applications use the DHCP Client to get an IPv4 address and obtain the default gateway and DNS.

For some demo applications, you can switch to a static IP configuration by editing the file demos/utils/demo.adb and un-comment and modify the following lines:

   Ifnet.Ip := (192, 168, 1, 2);
   Ifnet.Gateway := (192, 168, 1, 240);
   Ifnet.Dns := (192, 168, 1, 240);

and disable the DHCP configuration by commenting the line:

   -- Dhcp.Initialize (Ifnet'Access);


The ping application implements a simple ping on several hosts and displays the ping counters on the STM32F LCD display. The application will also answer to ping requests.

To build the Ping application you may run:

  make ping

And to flash the ping image, you can use:

  make flash-ping


The echo application shows a simple UDP server that echos the received packet (RFC 862). It listens on UDP port 7, loops to wait for UDP packets, returns them and increment a counter of received packets which is displayed on the STM32 LCD display. The echo application is described in the article: Simple UDP Echo Server on STM32F746

To build the Echo application you may run:

  make echo

And to flash the echo image, you can use:

  make flash-echo

And to test the echo UDP server, you may use the socat command on GNU/Linux. For example:

  echo -n 'Hello! Ada is great!' | socat - UDP:


The dns application shows a simple DNS client resolver that queries a DNS to resolve a list of hosts.

To build the dns application you may run:

  make dns

And to flash the dns image, you can use:

  make flash-dns


The time application uses the NTP client to retrieve the GMT date from a NTP server and it displays the GMT time as soon as the NTP synchronisation is obtained. The application will also answer to ping requests.

To build the Time application you may run:

  make time

And to flash the time image, you can use:

  make flash-time



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