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The xPack Windows Build Tools

A standalone Windows specific package (not a full multi-platform xPack), customised for the requirements of the Eclipse Embedded CDT managed build projects; it includes a recent version of GNU make and a recent version of BusyBox, which provides a convenient implementation for sh/rm/echo.

In addition to the package meta data, this project also includes the build scripts.


This open source project is hosted on GitHub as xpack-dev-tools/windows-build-tools-xpack and provides the platform specific binaries for the xPack Windows Build Tools.

The binaries can be installed automatically as binary xPacks or manually as portable archives.

Release schedule

This distribution generally follows the official make, but there is no commitment of a quick release cycle.

User info

This section is intended as a shortcut for those who plan to use the xPack Windows Build Tools binaries. For full details please read the xPack Windows Build Tools pages.

Easy install

The easiest way to install Windows Build Tools is using the binary xPack, available as @xpack-dev-tools/windows-build-tools from the registry.


The only requirement is a recent xpm, which is a portable Node.js command line application. To install it, follow the instructions from the xpm page.


With the xpm tool available, installing the latest version of the package and adding it as a dependency for a project is quite easy:

cd my-project
xpm init # Only at first use.

xpm install @xpack-dev-tools/windows-build-tools@latest

ls -l xpacks/.bin

This command will:

  • install the latest available version, into the central xPacks store, if not already there
  • add symbolic links to the central store (or .cmd forwarders on Windows) into the local xpacks/.bin folder.

The central xPacks store is a platform dependent folder; check the output of the xpm command for the actual folder used on your platform). This location is configurable via the environment variable XPACKS_REPO_FOLDER; for more details please check the xpm folders page.

For xPacks aware tools, like the Eclipse Embedded C/C++ plug-ins, it is also possible to install Windows Build Tools globally, in the user home folder:

xpm install --global @xpack-dev-tools/windows-build-tools@latest

Eclipse will automatically identify binaries installed with xpm and provide a convenient method to manage paths.


To remove the links from the current project:

cd my-project

xpm uninstall @xpack-dev-tools/windows-build-tools

To completely remove the package from the global store:

xpm uninstall --global @xpack-dev-tools/windows-build-tools

Manual install

For all platforms, the xPack Windows Build Tools binaries are released as portable archives that can be installed in any location.

The archives can be downloaded from the GitHub Releases page.

For more details please read the Install page.


The version strings used by the GCC project are three number string like 4.3.0; to this string the xPack distribution adds a four number, but since semver allows only three numbers, all additional ones can be added only as pre-release strings, separated by a dash, like 4.3.0-1. When published as a npm package, the version gets a fifth number, like 4.3.0-1.1.

Since adherance of third party packages to semver is not guaranteed, it is recommended to use semver expressions like ^4.3.0 and ~4.3.0 with caution, and prefer exact matches, like 4.3.0-1.1.

Maintainer info


The quick answer is to use the xPack forums; please select the correct forum.

For more details please read the Support page.


The original content is released under the MIT License, with all rights reserved to Liviu Ionescu.

The binary distributions include several open-source components; the corresponding licenses are available in the installed distro-info/licenses folder.

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