Software development on Arm just got a lot more powerful.

Learn more about Arm Development Studio, our most complete embedded toolchain yet.

Arm DS-5 has been superseded by Development Studio. Building on top of both Arm DS-5 and Keil MDK, our new flagship embedded tool suite brings together the best of two worlds: multicore scalability and enhanced productivity enabled by CMSIS.

Meet Arm Development Studio

DS-5 features

DS-5 Ultimate Edition includes:

System bring-up

DS-5 helps to abstract the debug connection and comes with preconfigured debug connections to devices from over forty semiconductor partners and OEMs.

For new devices, DS-5 autodetects the SoC infrastructure, identifying the cores and trace macrocells to make debug connections simpler to set up.

System optimization can be achieved using Streamline Performance Analyzer, ensuring that software makes the most of the efficiency of the underlying hardware.

Contact us

Arm DS-5 is superseded by Development Studio, and no further releases of DS-5 are planned. Use the following links for licensing enquiries, or to request more information:

Renew DS-5   Request information

DS-5 Editions quick reference

DS-5 comes in different editions, which are license-managed from a single installation.

The following table shows a comparison of the DS-5 Professional Edition and DS-5 Ultimate Edition:

Feature Professional Ultimate
Eclipse IDE Yes Yes
Arm Compilers

Linaro GCC Yes Yes
DS-5 Debugger

CoreSight Trace (ETM, PTM, ITM, STM) Yes Yes
Streamline Performance Analyzer

Simulation with Fixed Virtual Platform (FVP)

Processor Support

DS-5 Ultimate Edition
DS-5 Ultimate Edition supports Arm processors and technology released before June 2019. Support for the latest Arm processors is available in Arm Development Studio.

DS-5 Professional Edition
DS-5 Professional Edition supports all Arm processors up to and including Armv7, providing exceptional debug and trace capabilities and access to Arm Compilers.

To see a detailed table of features, visit our Compare DS-5 Editions page:

Compare DS-5 Editions


Built on Eclipse, for intuitive source code editing, project management, and version control

Eclipse CDT and project management:


Arm Compiler 5, Arm Compiler 6, and Linaro GCC offer you a toolchain for any project

Compilation toolchain



DS-5 Debugger gives insight into Arm systems, from bare-metal to Linux and Android

DS-5 Debugger and CoreSight trace:


Tune your system for energy efficiency throughout your project with Streamline performance analyzer

Streamline performance analyzer:

Get started with DS-5

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  1. Download and install
    Download DS-5 Ultimate Edition and install for 64-bit Windows or Linux systems.
  2. Follow the Getting Started tutorials
    Find your way around DS-5 with tutorials written for bare-metal and Linux users.
  3. Learn more with our in-depth examples
    DS-5 includes lots of examples, all with exhaustive readme documentation, which demonstrates the more advanced features of DS-5.