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Getting and Installing the Required Tools for Building EDK II.

Note: The step-by-step instructions also cover installing pre-requisite build tools for some build environments.

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  • An IA32 or X64 based development workstation (IPF workstations are not supported)
  • Microsoft Windows XP or Vista, Apple Mac OS/X (10.4 or later) or Linux operating system
  • Disk space for compiler tools
  • Minimum of 1GB of disk space for edk2 development tree and output files
  • Minimum of 512MB (1GB recommended) of system memory
The one of the following is required to be able to obtain the EDK II.
Name URL
Command Line Tool

Third Party Tools

3rdParty Tools must include: a C pre-processor, C compiler, static linker, dynamic linker, and an assembler and assembly linker. For creating ACPI tables required by platforms, an ACPI assembler is also required.

The compiler tool chains are not provided as part of EDK II. Before purchasing a compiler tool chain, make sure to review the End User License Agreement (EULA) that comes with the software to ensure that creating EFI firmware and applications (for commercial purposes) for the target architecture is permitted.

At least one of the following 3rd party compiler tool chain is required:

Name Version URL Note
Cygwin 4.1.2 Instructions for installation of GCC are included in the BaseTools\gcc directory.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional The default tool chain for the IA32 and X64 builds.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite Needed for building IPF targets if the DDK is not installed.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2003 .NET May only be available through a MSDN subscription. If the DDK is not available, MASM 6.15 can be used for the assembler.
Intel C++ Compiler for Windows 9.1 The Intel Compiler requires a Microsoft Visual Studio installation.
Intel C Compiler for EFI Byte Code 1.2
Microsoft Windows Driver Development Kit6 (DDK) 3790.1830 The default tool chain for IPF builds. To download and use the DDK, you must burn the ISO file to a CD or DVD.
Windows Server 2003 SP1 DDK
Microsoft ACPI Source Language Assembler 3.0.0NT or later
Intel ACPI Component Architecture 20060113 or later

Windows XP or Windows Vista

After installing the compiler tools and your Subversion client, download the edk2, read the BuildNotes2.txt file and you will be ready to build an image.

All builds are started from a command prompt window.


If you install cygwin (for GCC support under Windows) you should install it in "Unix" mode. The gcc tool chain will not compile in "DOS" mode.

For Cygwin, you may also find the Unix-like systems step-by-step instructions valuable.

Environment Variables

Environment variables are case sensitive. You must use the exact case as in the examples of this document. Even though windows does not care about case, other operating systems that are supported do care about case.

You need to set WORKSPACE to the location of the edk2 directory that you pulled from Subversion. For example:

set WORKSPACE=c:\workspace\edk2

It is recommended that you wrap up all the environment variables above into a script that you can launch each time you begin to do development in your EDK II workspace.

Multiple Workspaces are also supported see how: Multiple_Workspace

First Build

The step-by-step documents how to build the MdeModulePkg under various environments.