The GNU Toolchain for the Cortex-A Family is a ready-to-use, open source suite of tools for C, C++ and Assembly programming. This toolchain targets processors from the Arm Cortex-A family and implements the Arm A-profile architecture.

The toolchain includes the GNU Compiler (GCC) and is available free of charge directly for Windows and Linux operating systems. Follow the links on this page to download the correct version for your development environment.

See the downloaded package Release Notes, which are linked from this page, for full installation instructions.

GNU Toolchain for the A-profile Architecture

Version 10.2-2020.11

Released: November 27, 2020

What's new in 10.2-2020.11

We are pleased to announce the Arm release of the pre-built GNU cross-toolchain for the A-profile cores: GCC 10.2-2020.11.

This is the same toolchain that was previously distributed by Linaro.

For more information about the GNU Arm toolchain and download the release packages, please go to the Arm Developer website.

In this release

Windows (mingw-w64-i686) hosted cross compilers

AArch32 bare-metal target (arm-none-eabi)


AArch32 target with hard float (arm-none-linux-gnueabihf)


AArch64 bare-metal target (aarch64-none-elf)


AArch64 GNU/Linux target (aarch64-none-linux-gnu)

x86_64 Linux hosted cross compilers

AArch32 bare-metal target (arm-none-eabi)


AArch32 target with hard float (arm-linux-none-gnueabihf)


AArch64 ELF bare-metal target (aarch64-none-elf)


AArch64 GNU/Linux target (aarch64-none-linux-gnu)


AArch64 GNU/Linux target (aarch64_be-none-linux-gnu)

AArch64 Linux hosted cross compilers

AArch32 bare-metal target (arm-none-eabi)


AArch32 target with hard float (arm-none-linux-gnueabihf)


AArch64 ELF bare-metal target (aarch64-none-elf)


Linaro ABE example manifest files for x86_64 hosted cross compilers

Release Note for GNU-A Downloads 10.2-2020.11


GNU 10.2 cross-toolchain for the A-profile processors


  • Based on GCC 10.2 (See for details).
  • Supported targets on Windows(x86_64): AArch64 (bare-metal and Linux), AArch32 (bare-metal, Linux hard-float).
  • Supported targets on Linux(x86_64): AArch64 (bare-metal, Linux, Linux big-endian), AArch32 (bare-metal, Linux hard-float).
  • Supported targets on Linux(AArch64): AArch64 (bare-metal), AArch32 (bare-metal, Linux hard-float).

Changes since Arm release GCC 9.2-2019.12

  • Added support for Arm Neoverse V1.
  • Fixed issue where the compiler was generating a conditional branch in Thumb2, which was too far for b{cond} to handle.
  • Fixed issue where assembling code containing the UDF instruction results in "unknown mnemonic error" when targeting the AArch64 platform.
  • Fixed issue, where the -fstack-protector option was leaving the canary value in a temporary register on return from the function.


This release includes the following items:

GCC 10.2.1 Repository: git://
Revision: 3b91aab15443ee150b2ba314a4b26645ce8d713b
Release note
Sources provided in release source tar ball.
glibc 2.31 Repository: git://
Revision: 8dc76056654f8013a54678461fb023e988a17256
Release note
binutils 2.35.1 Repository: git://
Revision: d9a444bca66bf4b0d328acb547ca114081f3fd87
Release note
GDB 10.1 Repository: git://
Revision: f3fb4a77f29a99ffa2e1460dfa652081cdbd38be
GDB-with-python support for Python 2.7.6 (x86_64 builds).
GDB-with-python support for Python 2.7.13 (mingw-w64-i686 builds).
Release note
libexpat 2.2.5 Repository:
Release note
 Linux Kernel Repository: git://
Revision: v4.20.13
Release Note
libgmp 4.3.2
libisl 0.15
libmpfr 3.1.6
libmpc 1.0.3
libiconv 1.15
Sources provided in release source tar ball.

Known dependencies

  • GDB's Python support requires Python compiled with UCS-4 support (built with --enable-unicode=ucs4) for Linux (x86_64) and Windows hosts.
  • GDB's Python support requires Python DLL dependencies for Windows host.
  • Toolchains dedicated for Windows host require mingw-w64 library, a complete runtime environment for GCC.
  • The following executables in the Windows hosted toolchains:
    - aarch64-none-linux-gnu-dwp.exe
    - arm-none-linux-gnueabihf-dwp
    have additional dependencies on the following dlls:
    - libwinpthread-1.dll
    - libgcc_s_sjlj-1.dll
    - libstdc++-6.dll
    - libgcc_s_dw2-1.dll
    You can obtain the required dlls from the MinGW-W64 GCC-8.1.0 packages from SourceForge:
    - i686-posix-sjlj
    - i686-posix-dwarf

The GNU Toolchains

The package names of the released GNU toolchain binaries have the following naming convention:

gcc-arm-<Release Version>-<Host>-<Target Triple>.tar.xz

Toolchain Package Name Host OS Target Description
gcc-arm-10.2-2020.11-aarch64-aarch64-none-elf.tar.xz AArch64 Linux AArch64 ELF bare-metal target.
gcc-arm-10.2-2020.11-aarch64-arm-none-eabi.tar.xz AArch64 Linux AArch32 bare-metal target.
gcc-arm-10.2-2020.11-aarch64-arm-none-linux-gnueabihf.tar.xz AArch64 Linux AArch32 target with hard float.
gcc-arm-10.2-2020.11-mingw-w64-i686-arm-none-eabi.tar.xz Windows AArch32 bare-metal target.
gcc-arm-10.2-2020.11-mingw-w64-i686-aarch64-none-elf.tar.xz Windows AArch64 ELF bare-metal target.
gcc-arm-10.2-2020.11-mingw-w64-i686-arm-none-linux-gnueabihf.tar.xz Windows AArch32 target with hard float.
gcc-arm-10.2-2020.11-mingw-w64-i686-aarch64-none-linux-gnu.tar.xz Windows AArch64 GNU/Linux target.
gcc-arm-10.2-2020.11-x86_64-aarch64-none-elf.tar.xz x86_64 Linux AArch64 ELF bare-metal target.
gcc-arm-10.2-2020.11-x86_64-aarch64-none-linux-gnu.tar.xz x86_64 Linux AArch64 GNU/Linux target.
gcc-arm-10.2-2020.11-x86_64-aarch64_be-none-linux-gnu.tar.xz x86_64 Linux AArch64 GNU/Linux big-endian target.
gcc-arm-10.2-2020.11-x86_64-arm-none-eabi.tar.xz x86_64 Linux AArch32 bare-metal target.
gcc-arm-10.2-2020.11-x86_64-arm-none-linux-gnueabihf.tar.xz x86_64 Linux AArch32 target with hard float.

Host requirements

Description Requirement Host OS identifier in the toolchain package name
Linux on 64-bit Arm (AArch64) Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or later RHEL 8 or later


Windows on 64-bit x86 (x86_64) Windows 10 mingw-w64-i686
Linux on 64-bit x86 (x86_64) Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or later RHEL 7 or later x86_64

Released files

gcc-arm-*.tar.xz Toolchain binaries
gcc-arm-src-snapshot-*.tar.xz Toolchain sources
gcc-arm-src-snapshot-*-manifest.txt Text manifest file with list of remote repositories for toolchain
gcc-arm-*-abe-manifest.txt Input files for Linaro ABE build system.
*.asc MD5 checksum files for sources and binaries

Installation instructions

Extract XZ compressed release archive using TAR archiving utility:

$ tar -xJf <toolchain binary> -C <destination directory>

Example for Linux(x86_64) hosted for AArch64 Linux target

$ tar -xJf gcc-arm-10.2-2020.11-x86_64-aarch64-none-linux-gnu.tar.xz -C /path/to/destination/directory

Compute and check MD5 checksum of XZ compressed release archives using md5sum utility:

$ md5sum --check gcc-arm-10.2-2020.11-x86_64-aarch64-none-linux-gnu.tar.xz.asc 
gcc-arm-10.2-2020.11-x86_64-aarch64-none-linux-gnu.tar.xz: OK

The prebuilt binary bundles can be un-tarred and executed in place.  Unpack the Linux cross toolchain:

$ mkdir install-lnx
$ tar x -C install-lnx -f <filename>.tar.xz
$ PATH=`pwd`/install-lnx/<filename>/bin:$PATH

How to build the toolchain from sources

You can build GNU cross-toolchain for the A-profile from sources using Linaro ABE (Advanced Build Environment) and provided ABE manifest files.

Below example shows how to build gcc-arm-aarch64-linux-gnu toolchain from sources using Linaro ABE build system.


ABE has a dependency on git-new-workdir and needs this tool to be installed in /usr/local/bin directory:

$ wget
$ sudo mv git-new-workdir /usr/local/bin
$ sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/git-new-workdir

Clone ABE from the URL below and checkout the stable branch (see Getting ABE):

$ git clone

Create the build directory and change to it. Any name for the directory will work:

$ mkdir build && cd build

Configure ABE (from the build directory):

$ ../abe/configure

Download the toolchain manifest file from the GNU Arm toolchain page on, for example: gcc-arm-aarch64-none-elf-abe-manifest.txt.

Build toolchain (from the build directory):

$ ../abe/ --manifest gcc-arm-aarch64-none-elf-abe-manifest.txt --build all

The built toolchain will be installed and available for use in the builds/destdir/x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu/bin/ directory.

Known issues

  • When you decompress the windows packages, the decompression requests permission to overwrite certain files. This is because the files have similar names with different case, which are treated as identical names on a Windows host. You can choose to overwrite the files with identical names.
  • When using the toolchains dedicated for the Windows host, if you invoke the compiler from the installed toolchain's bin directory and you use the -flto option without using the -c option, then the linker generates this error message:
    error: lto-wrapper failed 
    collect2.exe: error: ld returned 1 exit status
    To avoid this error message, you must invoke the compiler from any directory other than the installed toolchain's bin directory.

Ask questions

For any questions, please use the Arm Communities forums.

Report bugs

Please report any bugs via the Linaro Bugzilla.