How to install OpenOCD v0.8.x, a useful hardware debugger for Eclipse and Netbeans

OpenOCD (Open On-Chip Debugger) is an open-source software that provides debugging and in-system programming for embedded target devices using JTAG interface.

OpenOCD provides also the ability to flash NAND and NOR FLASH memory devices that are attached to the processor on the target system. Flash programming is supported for external CFI compatible flashes (Intel and AMD/Spansion command set) and several internal flashes (LPC2000, AT91SAM7, STR7x, STR9x, LM3 and STM32x). Official website:


How to install OpenOCD v0.8.0

This procedure has been verified on Xubuntu 14.04.

We create a working directory and clone its repository:

mkdir openocd
git clone git:// repository
cd repository

To see all the available stable versions:

git tag

Switch from master to the latest stable release, at this time v.0.8.0.

git checkout v0.8.0

Install packages:

sudo apt-get install libtool automake libusb-1.0.0-dev texinfo libusb-dev

libusb-dev will enable automatically the support for
Olimex ARM-JTAG-EW Programmer           yes (auto)

libusb-1.0.0-dev will enable automatically the support for
MPSSE mode of FTDI based devices        yes (auto)
ST-Link JTAG Programmer                 yes (auto)
TI ICDI JTAG Programmer                 yes (auto)

texinfo is also needed to avoid the error

line 81: makeinfo: command not found
WARNING: 'makeinfo' is missing on your system.
You should only need it if you modified a '.texi' file, or
any other file indirectly affecting the aspect of the manual.


Before compiling

Because we are building from repository


To see the list of all the supported options: ./configure –help

This time any interface based on the parallel port are not enabled


At the end we will get the summary reporting the supported devices

OpenOCD configuration summary
MPSSE mode of FTDI based devices        yes (auto)
ST-Link JTAG Programmer                 yes (auto)
TI ICDI JTAG Programmer                 yes (auto)
Keil ULINK JTAG Programmer              yes (auto)
Altera USB-Blaster II Compatible        yes (auto)
Segger J-Link JTAG Programmer           yes (auto)
OSBDM (JTAG only) Programmer            yes (auto)
eStick/opendous JTAG Programmer         yes (auto)
Andes JTAG Programmer                   yes (auto)
Versaloon-Link JTAG Programmer          yes (auto)
USBProg JTAG Programmer                 yes (auto)
Raisonance RLink JTAG Programmer        yes (auto)
Olimex ARM-JTAG-EW Programmer           yes (auto)
CMSIS-DAP Compliant Debugger            no


Time to compile and install

sudo make install

The executable will be installed in: /usr/local/bin/openocd while

scripts will be in: /usr/local/share/openocd/scripts


Configure UDEV for the new devices

Copy the rules file into udev default directory and reload the rules. After that assure your username is in the plugdev group.

sudo cp  /usr/local/share/openocd/contrib/99-openocd.rules /etc/udev/rules.d/
sudo udevadm control --reload-rules


Create the pdf documentation

texlive is needed to create the documentation

sudo apt-get install texlive
make pdf

A pdf containing the documentation will be created in /doc.

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