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Build from sources

  • CMake (minimal v2.8.7)
  • C compiler (gcc, clang, mingw)
  • Libusb 1.0 (minimal v1.0.9)
  • (optional) pandoc for generating manpages from markdown

Run from the root of the source directory:

$ make release
$ make debug

The debug target should only be necessary for people who want to modify the sources and run under a debugger. The top level Makefile is just a handy wrapper for:

$ mkdir build && cd build
$ cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug ..
$ make

You could install to a user folder e.g $HOME:

$ cd build/Release; make install DESTDIR=$HOME

Or system wide:

$ cd build/Release; sudo make install


Common requirements

  • Debian based distros (debian, ubuntu)
    • build-essential
  • cmake
  • libusb-1.0 (plus development headers for building, on debian based distros libusb-1.0-0-dev package)
  • (optional) for stlink-gui we need libgtk-3-dev

Fixing cannot open shared object file

When installing system-wide (sudo make install) the dynamic library cache needs to be updated with the command ldconfig.

Permissions with udev

Make sure you install udev files which are necessary to run the tools without root permissions. By default most distributions don't allow access to USB devices. The udev rules create devices nodes and set the group of this to `stlink.

The rules are located in the etc/udev/rules.d directory. You will need to copy it to /etc/udev/rules.d, and then either execute as root (or reboot your machine):

$ udevadm control --reload-rules
$ udevadm trigger

Udev will now create device node files /dev/stlinkv2_XX, /dev/stlinkv1_XX. You must make sure the stlink group exists and the user who is trying to access is added to this group.

Note for STLINKv1 usage

The STLINKv1's SCSI emulation is very broken, so the best thing to do is tell your operating system to completely ignore it.

Options (do one of these before you plug it in)

  • modprobe -r usb-storage && modprobe usb-storage quirks=483:3744:i
  • or 1. echo "options usb-storage quirks=483:3744:i" >> /etc/modprobe.conf
    1. modprobe -r usb-storage && modprobe usb-storage
  • or 1. cp stlink_v1.modprobe.conf /etc/modprobe.d
    1. modprobe -r usb-storage && modprobe usb-storage

Build Debian Package

To build the debian package you need the following extra packages: debuild debhelper.

$ git archive --prefix=$(git describe)/ HEAD | bzip2 --stdout > ../libstlink_$(sed -En -e "s/.*\((.*)\).*/\1/" -e "1,1 p" debian/changelog).orig.tar.bz2
$ debuild -uc -us

Mac OS X

When compiling on a mac you need the following:

  • A compiler toolchain (XCode)
  • CMake
  • Libusb 1.0

The best way is to install homebrew which is a package manager for opensource software which is missing from the Apple App Store. Then install the dependencies:

brew install libusb cmake

Compile as described in the first section of this document.

Build using different directories for udev and modprobe

To put the udev or the modprobe configuration files into a different directory during installation you can use the following cmake options:

$ cmake -DSTLINK_UDEV_RULES_DIR="/usr/lib/udev/rules.d" \
        -DSTLINK_MODPROBED_DIR="/usr/lib/modprobe.d" ..

Build using different directory for shared libs

To put the compiled shared libs into a different directory during installation you can use the following cmake option:

$ cmake -DLIB_INSTALL_DIR:PATH="/usr/lib64"  ..

Windows (MinGW64)


  • 7Zip
  • CMake 2.8 or higher
  • MinGW64 GCC toolchain (5.3.0)


  1. Install 7Zip from
  2. Install CMake from
  3. Install MinGW64 from (mingw-w64-install.exe)
  4. Git clone or download stlink sourcefiles zip


Check and execute (in the script folder) <source-dir>\scripts\mingw64-build.bat

NOTE: when installing different toolchains make sure you edit the path in the mingw64-build.bat the build script uses currently C:\Program Files\mingw-w64\x86_64-5.3.0-win32-sjlj-rt_v4-rev0\mingw64\bin

Windows (Visual Studio)


  • 7Zip
  • CMake (tested with version 3.9.0-rc2)
  • Visual Studio 2017 Community (other versions will likely work but are untested; the Community edition is free for open source development)


  1. Install 7Zip from
  2. Install CMake from
  3. Git clone or download stlink sourcefiles zip


These instructions are for a 32bit version.

In a command prompt, change directory to the folder where the stlink files were cloned (or unzipped). Make sure the build folder exists (mkdir build if not). From the build folder, run cmake (cd build; cmake ..).

This will create a solution (stlink.sln) in the build folder. Open it in Visual Studio, select the Solution Configuration (Debug or Release) and build the solution normally (F7).

NOTES: This solution will link to the dll version of libusb-1.0. To debug or run the executable, the dll version of libusb-1.0 must be either on the path, or in the same folder as the executable. It can be copied from here: build\3thparty\libusb-1.0.21\MS32\dll\libusb-1.0.dll.