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This page is about using Eclipse IDE for BeagleBoard. It is focused on JTAG debugging with e.g. OpenOCD, but can be extended to additional topics, e.g. C/C++ development. And, while the examples focus on Beagle, stuff shown here will most probably easily apply to other boards.


Here, installation of Eclipse for C/C++ development and embedded GDB/JTAG debugging will be described. This is done in three steps:

Note: The file names and versions given here are based on October 2009. They may change.

Eclipse Classic

In October 2009 this was version 3.5.1. 32-bit Linux version download resulted in file eclipse-SDK-3.5.1-linux-gtk.tar.gz.

  • Installation is done by extracting downloaded (tar.gz) file (e.g. tar xvfz eclipse-SDK-3.5.1-linux-gtk.tar.gz).
  • Start Eclipse by calling
cd eclipse

You might want to add this to your path and/or add a start icon/shortcut on your desktop/start menue.

Starting Eclipse, you are asked for the directory where you want to have your workspace:

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After doing this, Eclipse starts...

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... and presents the start screen:

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  • To install CDT, in Eclipse select
Help -> Install new software...
  • There, use

dialog and enter:

Note: Check CDT download page for up to date link.

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Press, OK, select both CDT components ...

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... and click Next, accept license agreement and Finish. Then download and installation of CDT and dependencies starts.

  • Wait until CDT installation finished. Then, you are asked to restart. Do this.

Zylin Embedded CDT

  • To install Zylin Embedded CDT, in Eclipse select
Help -> Install new software...
  • There, use

dialog and enter:

Note: Check Zylin Embedded CDT page for up to date link.

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Press, OK, select Zylin Embedded CDT ...

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... click Next and Finish. Accept message about unsigned components and restart Eclipse again.

CDT perspective

Now, everything is installed. We can switch to C/C++ mode now. For this:

  • Switch to "Workspace" (clicking Workspace button)
  • Make sure you are in C/C++ mode. In upper right corner, C/C++ perspective has to be enabled. If this isn't enabled (e.g. Java is enabled), do Window -> Open Perspective -> Other ... and select "C/C++":

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To demonstrate usage an example is the best way. Here a small stand alone program is used. It is downloaded to BeagleBoard which is running U-Boot prompt and then debugged using OpenOCD JTAG debugger. So in this example we do:

  • Get a small stand alone program (LEDblink) from internet and create an Eclipse project with it
  • Start OpenOCD and configure Eclipse debug environment
  • Download build example and debug it

Example project

First, we download source code and control files for a small stand alone program we can run on BeagleBoard. For this, we use Magnus' LEDblink program. While Beagle is running at U-Boot prompt, this can be downloaded by OpenOCD JTAG to Beagle and let Beagle's LEDs blink.

Note: You need ARM cross compiler installed for this (e.g. CodeSourcerys' 2009q1-203 version, or newer).

Note: Depending on your tool chain, in Makefile edit "TYPE" variable

  • To be able to run Eclipse default configuration "make all" edit Makefile and add an "all" target. Result should look like
CFLAGS=-g -Os -c -mcpu=cortex-a8 -mfpu=neon -mfloat-abi=hard

all: LEDblink

LEDblink: LEDblink.o Makefile $(LDSCRIPT) crt0.o
  • After we have the source now, we can start a new Eclipse C project:
File -> New -> C Project

and there create a new empty Makefile project "LEDblink":

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