Toolchain - Name convention

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Toolchain - Name convention

Toolchain has a name convention:

  • arch - architecture
    arm, mips, x86, i686, etc.
  • vendor - tool chain supplier
  • os - operating system
    linux, none (bare metal)
  • abi - application binary interface
    eabi, gnueabi, gnueabihf


  • arm-none-eabi
    This toolchain targets the ARM architecture, has no vendor, does not target an operating system (i.e. targets a "bare metal" system), and complies with the ARM eabi. (Note) arm-elf and arm-none-eabi just use two versions of the ARM abi. The eabi toolchain uses a newer revision, but could also be called arm-elf-eabi, as it generates elf too.
  • i686-apple-darwin10-gcc-4.2.1
    This toolchain targets the Intel i686 architecture, the vendor is Apple, and the target OS is Darwin version 10.
  • arm-none-linux-gnueabi
    The toolchain that can be installed in Debian-based systems using a package manager like apt (the package is called gcc-arm-linux-gnueabi). This toolchain targets the ARM architecture, has no vendor, creates binaries that run on the Linux operating system, and uses the GNU EABI. In other words, it is used to target ARM-based Linux systems.
  • arm-linux-gcc
    This is actually binary for gcc which produces objects for ARM architecture to be run on Linux with default configuration (abi) provided by toolchain.
  • i686-unknown-linux-gnu
    32-bit GNU/linux
  • arm-eabi
    Android ARM compiler
  • x86_64-w64-mingw32
    x86_64 architecture means AMD64, w64 is actually mingw-w64 used as a "vendor" here, mingw32 is the same as win32 API for gcc's perspective.
  • i686-pc-msys
    32-bit, "pc" is a generic name, msys binary