This is the required software for generating, compiling and programming projects with modm:
- Python 3
- Software Construct
- Library Builder
- AVR toolchain: avr-gcc and avrdude
- ARM toolchain: gcc-arm-toolchain and OpenOCD.
Note that the modm examples use the SCons build system by default, however, you are not required to use it. See the reference manual for additional build system documentation.
Use GCC 7 or newer
modm uses C++17, so you need at least GCC 7.
Beware of AVRs
We strongly discourage using AVRs for new designs, due to a significant lack of commitment from Atmel on keeping their AVR toolchain up-to-date.
Check your Locale
If you get a
UnicodeEncodeError when calling
lbuild, you may need to add
export LC_ALL=C.UTF-8 to your
.bashrc. Consult the internet until
python3 -c "import sys; print(sys.stdout.encoding)" returns
Please help us keep these instructions up-to-date!
We will use Homebrew to install the minimal build system:
brew install python3 scons git doxygen pip3 install --user modm pip install --user pathlib pyelftools
Install the AVR toolchain from source:
brew tap osx-cross/avr brew install avr-gcc
And the pre-built ARM toolchain as well:
brew tap osx-cross/arm brew install arm-gcc-bin brew install openocd --HEAD
To compile modm for macOS you need to install these libraries:
brew install boost gtkmm sdl zmqpp gcc
For Ubuntu 18.04LTS, these commands install the basic build system:
sudo apt-get install python3 python3-pip scons git sudo apt-get --no-install-recommends install doxygen pip3 install --user modm pip install --user pathlib pyelftools
Install the AVR toochain:
sudo apt-get install gcc-avr binutils-avr avr-libc avrdude
avr-gcc on Ubuntu
Ubuntu does not provide a more recent avr-gcc than v4.9, which does not support C++17 (not even C++14). For our CI we've created a precompiled version of avr-gcc 7 for Ubuntu. Use at your own risk.
And the official ARM toolchain as well:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-gcc-arm-embedded/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install gcc-arm-embedded openocd
Manual installation on 64-bit Linux
You can also download a precompiled version of the toolchain for 64-bit
Linux and manually add the
/bin directory to your path.
Use this if your distro does not provide you with an up-to-date ARM toolchain.
To compile modm for Linux you need to install these packages:
sudo apt-get install gcc build-essential libboost-all-dev libzmqpp-dev \ libsdl1.2-dev libsdl-image1.2-dev libgtkmm-2.4-dev
We will use Anaconda to create a new Python 3 environment and install all necessary packages:
conda create --name modm python=3 pip activate modm conda install -c conda-forge git pip install jinja2 scons future pyelftools lbuild
For ARM development install the Windows 32-bit build of the GNU Arm Embedded
Toolchain. For programming and debugging ARM Cortex-M
devices install the pre-build OpenOCD binaries.
You'll need to add both
/bin paths to your
PATH variable manually.
For non-English speakers
For now project and build paths containing non-ASCII characters are not parsed correctly.
Dear Windows users
We don't regularly use Windows with modm, so we rely on YOU to keep these install instructions working and up-to-date. Please open a PR with improvements.