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Dmitry Diky
Chris Liechti
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The GCC toolchain for the Texas Instruments MSP430 MCUs

Here you will find a port of the GCC toolchain for the Texas Instruments MSP430 family of ultra low power MCUs, This includes the GNU C compiler (GCC), the assembler and linker (binutils), the debugger (GDB), and some other tools needed to make a complete development environment for the MSP430. These tools can be used on Windows, Linux, BSD and most other flavours of Unix. However, the full debug environment is currently limited to Windows, Linux and BSD. MSP430 development is no longer limited to Windows!

Here is the project page on SourceForge, the download area and the CVS repository. The mailing lists, especially the mspgcc-users list is a good place for discussions about mspgcc, suggestions, bug reports, ... The online manual covers the MSP430 as processor, the gcc extensions of this port and finally build instructions for those who need to build the toolchain from source. The FAQ may be of interest too.

A Wiki is being maintained for mspgcc

GCC & Binutils

NOTE: The current version of gcc to use is mspgcc-3.2.3


Binutils is a collection of command line tools to work with assembler and object files for the MSP430. They include the msp430-as assembler, the msp430-ld linker and msp430-objcopy, a format converter (e.g. to create intel-hex files). The assembler mnemonics are compatible with the TI syntax. The control commands and segment names are in the GNU style. The standard binutils package, available at, now contains this MSP430 support.

From the GNU Compiler Collection (gcc) we have ported the C compiler (C++ without libstdc++).

GNU C is a full featured compiler: ANSI C89 compatible, different levels of optimization, inline assembly, interrupt handlers (incl. "wakeup"), floating point etc.

A C compiler isn't complete without its library. We provide a basic libc, as well as libgcc and crts. These libraries contain math, string and other functions along with startup and initialization code. libgcc is included in the gcc sources. libc and the crt files are a separate package, msp430-libc.

You can download the latest sources from CVS. The procedure is explained here. Also, you can look in the download area for ready made packages.

Contributions, comments and bug reports are very welcome. If you can test the tools, let us know of success or failure (bugs). When you want to extend the libraries or add new features, let us know. This is an open source project, where everyone can help make the product better.

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We have a mailing list for discussions about the MSP430 and GCC. You can subscribe to the mspgcc-usershere.

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