The GNU Toolchain for the Cortex-A Family is a ready-to-use, open source suite of tools for C, C++ and Assembly programming targeting processors from the Arm Cortex-A family and implementing 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's Release Notes (linked from this page) for full installation instructions.

GNU Toolchain for the A-profile Architecture

Version 9.2-2019.12

Released: December 19, 2019

What's new in 9.2-2019.12

We are pleased to announce the Arm release of the pre-built GNU cross-toolchain for the A-profile cores: GCC 9.2-2019.12.

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 9.2-2019.12


GNU 9.2 cross-toolchain for the A-profile processors


  • Based on GCC 9.2 (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 8.3-2019.03

  • Additional AArch64 hosted cross toolchains for AArch64 (bare-metal) and AArch32 (bare-metal, Linux hard-float)
  • Additional Windows hosted cross toolchains for AArch64 (Linux) and AArch32 (Linux hard-float) 
  • Retired Linux(x86_64) toolchain for AArch64 (big-endian bare-metal) and AArch32 (Linux soft-float)
  • Changed toolchain naming convention to match standard target triplet naming convention, with vendor name being none. For example, arm-eabi is arm-none-eabi.
  • Fixed the Windows toolchain convention to correctly include mingw-w64 instead of mingw32


This release includes the following items:

GCC 9.2.1 Repository: svn://
Revision: 277439
Sources provided in release source tar ball.
glibc 2.30 Repository: git://
Revision: 50f20fe506abb8853641006a7b90a81af21d7b91
Release note
binutils 2.33.1 Repository: git://
Revision: da3b036b57c0d409fc1fc3e25597fa13dc71baf5
Release note
GDB 8.3.0 Repository: git://
Revision: e908e11a4f74ab6a06aef8c302a03b2a0dbc4d83
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.

Host requirements

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



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 GNU Toolchains

Name Host Target
aarch64-aarch64-none-elf AArch64 Linux AArch64 ELF bare-metal target.
aarch64-arm-none-eabi AArch64 Linux AArch32 bare-metal target.
aarch64-arm-none-linux-gnueabihf AArch64 Linux AArch32 target with hard float.
mingw-w64-i686-arm-none-eabi Windows AArch32 bare-metal target.
mingw-w64-i686-aarch64-none-elf Windows AArch64 ELF bare-metal target.
mingw-w64-i686-arm-none-linux-gnueabihf Windows AArch32 target with hard float.
mingw-w64-i686-aarch64-none-linux-gnu Windows AArch64 GNU/Linux target.
x86_64-aarch64-none-elf x86_64 Linux AArch64 ELF bare-metal target.
x86_64-aarch64-none-linux-gnu x86_64 Linux AArch64 GNU/Linux target.
x86_64-aarch64_be-none-linux-gnu x86_64 Linux AArch64 GNU/Linux big-endian target.
x86_64-arm-none-eabi x86_64 Linux AArch32 bare-metal target.
x86_64-arm-none-linux-gnueabihf x86_64 Linux AArch32 target with hard float.

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-9.2-2019.12-x86_64-aarch64-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-9.2-2019.12-x86_64-aarch64-linux-gnu.tar.xz.asc gcc-arm-9.2-2019.12-x86_64-aarch64-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/aarch64/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.


Clone ABE one of 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 (see Building Toolchains With ABE):

$ mkdir build && cd build

Configure ABE (from the build directory):

$ ../abe/configure

And finally build toolchain (from the build directory):

$ ../abe/ --manifest gcc-arm-aarch64-linux-gnu-abe-manifest.txt --build all

Known issues

  • None

Ask questions

For any questions, please use the Arm Communities forums.

Report bugs

Please report any bugs via the Linaro Bugzilla.