There are separate binaries for Windows (Intel 32/64-bit), macOS (Intel 64-bit) and GNU/Linux (Intel 32/64-bit, Arm 32/64-bit).
The binary files are available from GitHub releases.
The full details of installing the xPack QEMU Arm on various platforms are presented in the separate Install page.
To install the latest version available, use:
$ xpm install --global @xpack-dev-tools/qemu-arm@latest
To install this specific version, use:
$ xpm install --global @email@example.com
xPack QEMU Arm currently is based on the official QEMU, with major changes.
The current version is based on:
- QEMU version 2.8.0, commit 0737f32 from Dec 20th, 2016.
Compared to the master
qemu-system-arm, the changes are major, all
application class Arm
devices were removed and replaced by several Cortex-M devices.
The supported boards are:
xPack 64-bit QEMU v2.8.0 (qemu-system-gnuarmeclipse). Supported boards: Supported boards: BluePill BluePill STM32F103C8T6 Maple LeafLab Arduino-style STM32 microcontroller board (r5) NUCLEO-F072RB ST Nucleo Development Board for STM32 F072 devices NUCLEO-F103RB ST Nucleo Development Board for STM32 F1 series NUCLEO-F411RE ST Nucleo Development Board for STM32 F4 series NetduinoGo Netduino GoBus Development Board with STM32F4 NetduinoPlus2 Netduino Development Board with STM32F4 OLIMEXINO-STM32 Olimex Maple (Arduino-like) Development Board STM32-E407 Olimex Development Board for STM32F407ZGT6 STM32-H103 Olimex Header Board for STM32F103RBT6 STM32-P103 Olimex Prototype Board for STM32F103RBT6 STM32-P107 Olimex Prototype Board for STM32F107VCT6 STM32F0-Discovery ST Discovery kit for STM32F051 line STM32F051-Discovery ST Discovery kit for STM32F051 line STM32F4-Discovery ST Discovery kit for STM32F407/417 lines STM32F429I-Discovery ST Discovery kit for STM32F429/439 lines generic Generic Cortex-M board; use -mcu to define the device Supported MCUs: STM32F051R8 STM32F103RB STM32F107VC STM32F405RG STM32F407VG STM32F407VGTx <- new STM32F407ZG STM32F411RE STM32F429ZI STM32F429ZITx <- new>
Warning: support for hardware floating point on Cortex-M4 devices is not available yet.
- [#14] - on macOS, starting the program via multiple symbolic links failed; fixed
- [#13] - on Cortex-M0, emulation of MSR/MRS instructions failed; support for Thumb2 instructions was enabled; similarly for barrier instructions
- [#12] - add STM32F051-Discovery
- Ctrl-C does not interrupt the execution if the
--nographicoption is used.
On all platforms the packages are standalone, and expect only the standard runtime to be present on the host.
All dependencies that are build as shared libraries are copied locally in the same folder as the executable.
On GNU/Linux the binaries are adjusted to use a relative path:
$ readelf -d library.so | grep rpath 0x000000000000001d (RPATH) Library runpath: [$ORIGIN]
In the GNU ld.so search strategy, the
the highest priority, higher than
LD_LIBRARY_PATH, so if this later one
is set in the environment, it should not interfere with the xPack binaries.
Please note that previous versions, up to mid-2020, used
has a priority lower than
LD_LIBRARY_PATH, and does not tolerate setting
it in the environment.
Similarly, on macOS, the dynamic libraries are adjusted with
otool to use a
The original documentation is available in the
Binaries for Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux are provided.
The binaries were built using the xPack Build Box (XBB), a set of build environments based on slightly older distributions, that should be compatible with most recent systems.
- Intel GNU/Linux: all binaries were built with GCC 9.3, running in an Ubuntu 12 Docker container
- Arm GNU/Linux: all binaries were built with GCC 9.3, running in an Ubuntu 16 Docker container (added in mid-2020)
- Windows: all binaries were built with mingw-w64 GCC 9.3, running in an Ubuntu 12 Docker container
- macOS: all binaries were built with GCC 9.3, running in a separate folder on macOS 10.10.5.
The scripts used to build this distribution are in:
For the prerequisites and more details on the build procedure, please see the How to build page.
The first set of tests were performed on Travis, by running a simple script to check if the binaries start on a wide range of platforms and distributions:
The binaries were testes on Windows 10 Pro 32/64-bit, Ubuntu 18 LTS 64-bit, Xubuntu 18 LTS 32-bit and macOS 10.14.
The tests consist in running a simple blinky application
on the graphically emulated STM32F4DISCOVERY board. The binaries were
those generated by
simple Eclipse projects
available in the xPack GNU Arm Embedded GCC project. Use the
arm-f4b-fs-debug-qemu debug luncher available in the
On platforms where Eclipse is not available, the binaries were tested by manually starting the blinky test on the emulated STM32F4DISCOVERY board.
~/.local/xPacks/@xpack-dev-tools/qemu-arm/2.8.0-12.1/.content/bin/qemu-system-gnuarmeclipse --version mkdir -p ~/Downloads (cd ~/Downloads; curl -L --fail -o f407-disc-blink-tutorial.elf \ https://github.com/xpack-dev-tools/qemu-eclipse-test-projects/raw/master/f407-disc-blink-tutorial/Debug/f407-disc-blink-tutorial.elf) ~/.local/xPacks/@xpack-dev-tools/qemu-arm/2.8.0-12.1/.content/bin/qemu-system-gnuarmeclipse \ --board STM32F4-Discovery \ -d unimp,guest_errors \ --nographic \ --image ~/Downloads/f407-disc-blink-tutorial.elf \ --semihosting-config enable=on,target=native \ --semihosting-cmdline test 6 DISPLAY=:1.0 ~/opt/xPacks/@xpack-dev-tools/qemu-arm/2.8.0-12.1/.content/bin/qemu-system-gnuarmeclipse \ --board STM32F4-Discovery \ -d unimp,guest_errors \ --image ~/Downloads/f407-disc-blink-tutorial.elf \ --semihosting-config enable=on,target=native \ --semihosting-cmdline test 6
On Raspberry Pi OS 10 (buster) 64-bit the program was able to run in non graphic mode, but did not start in graphic mode due to a missing driver. To be further investigated.
The SHA-256 hashes for the files are:
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- GitHub xpack-dev-tools/qemu-arm-xpack
- this release
- all xPack releases
- all GNU MCU Eclipse releases
- individual file counters (grouped per release)
- npmjs.com @xpack-dev-tools/qemu-arm