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.
- Intel GNU/Linux 32/64-bit: any system with GLIBC 2.15 or higher (like Ubuntu 12 or later, Debian 8 or later, RedHat/CentOS 7 later, Fedora 20 or later, etc)
- Arm GNU/Linux 32/64-bit: any system with GLIBC 2.23 or higher (like Ubuntu 16 or later, Debian 9 or later, RedHat/CentOS 8 or later, Fedora 24 or later, etc)
- Intel Windows 32/64-bit: Windows 7 with the Universal C Runtime (UCRT), Windows 8, Windows 10
- Intel macOS 64-bit: 10.13 or later
On GNU/Linux, QEMU requires the X11 libraries to be present. On Debian derived distribution they are already in the system; on RedHat & Arch derived distributions they must be installed explicitly.
The full details of installing the xPack QEMU Arm on various platforms are presented in the separate Install page.
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/qemu-arm@latest ls -l xpacks/.bin
To install this specific version, use:
xpm install @email@example.com
For xPacks aware tools, like the Eclipse Embedded C/C++ plug-ins, it is also possible to install QEMU Arm globally, in the user home folder.
xpm install --global @xpack-dev-tools/qemu-arm@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/qemu-arm
To completely remove the package from the global store:
xpm uninstall --global @xpack-dev-tools/qemu-arm
The 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: 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.
- [#15] - in certain conditions, with some linker script memory configurations, the emulator failed complaining that the flash regions overlap; the problem was fixed on in v2.11 and the two related patches were cherry picked and addapted to this distribution.
- 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
libexec folder (or in the same folder as the executable for Windows).
On GNU/Linux the binaries are adjusted to use a relative path:
$ readelf -d library.so | grep runpath 0x000000000000001d (RPATH) Library rpath: [$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
The binaries for all supported platforms (Windows, macOS and Intel & Arm GNU/Linux) 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.
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.
Before publishing, a set of simple tests were performed on an exhaustive set of platforms. The results are available from:
The binaries were testes on Windows 10 Pro 32/64-bit, Intel Ubuntu 18 LTS 64-bit, Intel Xubuntu 18 LTS 32-bit and macOS 10.15.
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.
.../xpack-qemu-arm-2.8.0-13/bin/qemu-system-gnuarmeclipse --version xPack 64-bit QEMU emulator version 2.8.0-11 (v2.8.0-12-4-gb1ab9f0b32-dirty) Copyright (c) 2003-2016 Fabrice Bellard and the QEMU Project developers 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) .../xpack-qemu-arm-2.8.0-13/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 .../xpack-qemu-arm-2.8.0-13/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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Support for 32-bit Intel Linux and Intel Windows will most probably be dropped in 2022. Support for 32-bit Arm Linux will be preserved for a while, due to the large user base of 32-bit Raspberry Pi systems.
Linux minimum requirements
Support for RedHat 7 will most probably be dropped in 2022, and the minimum requirement will be raised to GLIBC 2.27, available starting with Ubuntu 18 and RedHat 8.
- 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