A bare metal Rust example for the TI Stellaris/Tiva-C Launchpad
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Rust on the Stellaris Launchpad

A bare metal example program written in Rust (https://rust-lang.org) for the Stellaris Launchpad (LM4F120 dev board). May also work on the very closely related Tiva-C TM4C123 Launchpad.

The idea is that useful functionality will be moved out into separate crates. I'm also in the process of replacing the lm4f120 crate with tm4c123x-hal; the TM4C123 line replaced the LM4F120 whilst being almost perfectly compatible. The new crate also does things in a different way, particularly around peripherals being singletons (which makes your code safer). At some point I'll switch this crate to use tm4c123x-hal.


  • rustc nightly
  • arm-none-eabi-gcc
  • arm-none-eabi-ar
  • arm-none-eabi-objcopy

Geting set up

git clone https://github.com/thejpster/launchpad-rs.git
cd ./launchpad-rs
rustup install nightly
rustup component add rust-src
rustup target add thumbv7em-none-eabihf

or simply

git clone https://github.com/thejpster/launchpad-rs.git
cd ./launchpad-rs
make prerequisites

Compile and upload

cargo build --example launchpad_blink
arm-none-eabi-objcopy -O binary target/thumbv7em-none-eabihf/debug/examples/launchpad_blink target/thumbv7em-none-eabihf/debug/examples/launchpad_blink.bin
sudo lm4flash target/thumbv7em-none-eabihf/debug/examples/launchpad_blink.bin

You can also debug

~/launchpad-rs $ sudo openocd -f /usr/share/openocd/scripts/board/ek-lm4f120xl.cfg
~/launchpad-rs $ arm-none-eabi-gdb ./target/thumbv7em-none-eabihf/debug/examples/launchpad_blink
(gdb) target remote localhost:3333
(gdb) load
Loading section .text, size 0x1e98 lma 0x0
Loading section .ARM.exidx, size 0x8 lma 0x1e98
Loading section .data, size 0xc lma 0x1ea0
Start address 0x0, load size 7852
Transfer rate: 7 KB/sec, 2617 bytes/write.
(gdb) monitor reset halt
(gdb) break main
(gdb) continue

What works:

  • UART works, using the on-board UART-to-USB bridge (115200 bps, 8N1)
  • PLL runs at 66.7MHz
  • SysTick works at 4MHz, providing a timer a currently use for the busy-waits
  • GPIO works - you can control the on-board RGB LED
  • Timer works - you can drive GPIOs (including the LED) with PWM
  • Panic handler works - it quickly flashes the red LED if it panics or hits a hardfault