The xPack Windows Build Tools is a standalone Windows binary distribution of GNU make and a few of other tools required by the Eclipse Embedded CDT (formerly GNU MCU/ARM Eclipse) project, but the binaries can also be used in generic build environments.
There are separate binaries for Windows (Intel 32/64-bit).
The binary files are available from GitHub Releases.
- Intel Windows 64-bit: Windows 7 with the Universal C Runtime (UCRT), Windows 8, Windows 10
The full details of installing the xPack Windows Build Tools 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/windows-build-tools@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 Windows Build Tools globally, in the user home folder.
xpm install --global @xpack-dev-tools/windows-build-tools@latest --verbose
Eclipse will automatically
identify binaries installed with
xpm and provide a convenient method to manage paths.
To remove the links created by xpm in the current project:
cd my-project xpm uninstall @xpack-dev-tools/windows-build-tools
To completely remove the package from the central xPacks store:
xpm uninstall --global @xpack-dev-tools/windows-build-tools
The xPack Windows Build Tools uses programs from other projects.
The current version is based on:
There are no functional changes from original projects.
- the BusyBox code includes a patch around the UCRT bug that affects spawning sub-processes.
The dependencies are either linked as static libraries or the DLLs are included, so the binaries should run on any Windows system.
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.
The scripts used to build this distribution are in:
For the prerequisites and more details on the build procedure, please see the README-MAINTAINER 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.
Install the package with xpm.
The simple test, consists in starting the binary.
A more elaborate test would be to run an Eclipse build.
The SHA-256 hashes for the files are:
Support for 32-bit Intel Windows was dropped in 2022.
- GitHub xpack-dev-tools/windows-build-tools-xpack.git
- this release
- all releases
- individual file counters (grouped per release)
- xPack @xpack-dev-tools/windows-build-tools