One tool suite. Any Arm-based project.
Efficient embedded software development from tiny off-the-shelf microcontrollers to custom multicore processors

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Designed specifically for Arm processors, Development Studio is the most comprehensive embedded C/C++ dedicated software development toolchain for the architecture. It accelerates software engineering whilst helping you build robust and more efficient products.

Development Studio at a glance


Two options of Integrated Development Environment (IDE), one for each development type: Keil µVision for smaller microcontrollers, Eclipse-based Development Studio IDE for native multicore support and third-party integration.


Say goodbye to printf trial-and-error. With non-intrusive Arm CoreSight trace-capable debugger and the powerful Streamline system-wide analyzer, you can save time quickly zooming in on both bugs and performance issues.


Highly optimized bare-metal C/C++ code generation, including industry leading auto-vectorization techniques for Arm NEON and SVE technologies. Maximize performance for applications such as DSP, machine learning and image recognition.


From early SoC design stages through to software testing on silicon, from tiny energy-harvesting Cortex-M0+ systems to server-grade multicore Cortex-A SoCs, from start-up to enterprise projects: Development Studio is designed to scale with your projects.

One Tool Suite. Any Arm Project

Arm Development Studio is an embedded C/C++ development toolchain designed specifically for Arm-based SoCs, from tiny microcontrollers to custom multicore processors. Designed alongside Arm processor IP, it accelerates system design and software development for Cortex-M, Cortex-R and Cortex-A processors.

Supported Targets

Supported boards & devices

With well over 5000 devices in the database, Development Studio ships with out-of-the-box support for popular off-the-shelf microcontrollers and application processors, and commercial development boards using them.

Supported processors

Whether you are designing a custom SoC or developing on off-the-shelf device not yet on the tool database, Development Studio’s Platform Configuration Editor (PCE) and the Debug and Trace Service Layer (DTSL) enable debug connection to virtually any design using supported processors.

System Requirements

• Windows 7 SP1 Professional Edition
• Windows 7 SP1 Enterprise Edition
• Windows 10
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Workstation
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Workstation
• Ubuntu Desktop Edition 14.04 LTS
• Ubuntu Desktop Edition 16.04 LTS
Note: Development Studio only supports 64-bit host platforms.



Arm Development Studio includes:

  1. Arm debugger and Keil µVision debugger
  2. Embedded C/C++ Arm Compiler 6 including backwards compatible license
  3. Streamline performance analyzer for system-wide optimization on Linux, Android or bare-metal
  4. Royalty-free CMSIS-compliant middleware blocks for MCUs
  5. Armv7 and Armv8 Fixed Virtual Platforms for software development without a hardware target.
  6. Graphics debugger compatible with OpenGL ES, Vulkan and OpenCL

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Which edition is best for me?

Bronze Edition

This entry-level edition includes the essential toolchain for all projects from Cortex-M0 to Cortex-M7 as well as debug for Cortex-A and Cortex-R (Armv7 only).

Silver Edition

Silver contains all the essential tools for projects on Arm cores up to Armv7 architecture in the Cortex-R and Cortex-A families, as well as the entire Cortex-M range.

Gold Edition

Gold is a fully comprehensive toolchain for all software development projects on any Arm CPU and architecture, including Armv8 processors that are still in development.

Development Studio Editions

Arm Processor Support      
Cortex-A/R Armv8  

Cortex-A Armv8 (selected cores*)

Cortex-A/R Armv7

Cortex-M Armv6/7/8

Previous Arm architectures*

Keil MDK

Essential edition

Professional edition

Professional edition



CMSIS-RTOS RTX with full source code





Get Started with Development Studio

Download & install the latest version of Arm DS
Get started guide: Quick steps to launch your first Development Studio project.
• Arm Debugger Command reference
Migration guide for existing users of Arm DS-5
User guide
Caratteristiche e Benefici

One Package. All Tools. End-to-End

One professional package equipping engineering teams to bring products to market faster and cost effectively. Combining the best of Arm and Keil development tools and middleware, Development Studio seamlessly covers the entire product lifecycle, from SoC architecture exploration to software integration and testing. It’s everything you need, from providers you trust for the long run.

Efficient Projects and Products

Designed for efficiency – both for developers and their products. Functionally-accurate virtual prototypes enable software development ahead hardware availability. Reusable software building blocks save precious coding time. The highly optimized Arm C/C++ Compiler gets the best out of Arm CPUs. And for ultimate peace of mind, you can also rely on Arm technical experts to get your projects unstuck, if you ever need.

For All Arm-Based Devices

Built from the ground up for all Arm IP, Development Studio includes native support for heterogeneous processing systems, including GPU and large 64-bit Armv-A SoCs. This gives you the most comprehensive support available for the Arm architecture. br/>

Develop on Custom SoCs

Select the right processor IP, validate architecture design, port and optimize your software platform. From Cycle Models to hardware emulators to Fast Models, FPGA and silicon, Development Studio adapts to your development platform to support your design through the various project stages. And because it is developed alongside Arm IP, it enables you to fully explore all the capabilities within your chosen architecture.

Develop on Off-the-Shelf Devices

Featuring out-of-the-box support for over 5,000+ silicon devices, Development Studio allows you to quickly build products based on application processors and microcontrollers created by our semiconductor partners. For Cortex-M projects, it includes the microcontroller-specialist Keil MDK toolkit. For projects spanning across Cortex-M, Cortex-R and Cortex-A CPUs, the Development Studio IDE brings together scalability, performance and ease-of-use. Irrespective of project, bringing your designs to life is simpler with Development Studio.