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Introduction to the Integrated Development Environment

The Arm® Development Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is Eclipse-based, combining the Eclipse IDE from the Eclipse Foundation with the compilation and debug technology of Arm tools.

It includes:

Project Explorer

The project explorer enables you to perform various project tasks such as adding or removing files and dependencies to projects, importing, exporting, or creating projects, and managing build options.


Editors enable you to read, write, or modify C/C++ or Arm assembly language source files.

Perspectives and views

Perspectives provide customized views, menus, and toolbars to suit a particular type of environment. Arm Development Studio uses the Development Studio perspective by default. To switch perspectives, from the main menu, select Window > Perspective > Open Perspective.

It contains the following sections: