Installing the tools

This page contains OS-agnostic installation instructions for a few of the tools:

Rust Toolchain

Install rustup by following the instructions at

NOTE Make sure you have a compiler version equal to or newer than 1.31. rustc -V should return a date newer than the one shown below.

$ rustc -V
rustc 1.31.1 (b6c32da9b 2018-12-18)

For bandwidth and disk usage concerns the default installation only supports native compilation. To add cross compilation support for the ARM Cortex-M architectures choose one of the following compilation targets. For the STM32F3DISCOVERY board used for the examples in this book, use the thumbv7em-none-eabihf target.

Cortex-M0, M0+, and M1 (ARMv6-M architecture):

rustup target add thumbv6m-none-eabi

Cortex-M3 (ARMv7-M architecture):

rustup target add thumbv7m-none-eabi

Cortex-M4 and M7 without hardware floating point (ARMv7E-M architecture):

rustup target add thumbv7em-none-eabi

Cortex-M4F and M7F with hardware floating point (ARMv7E-M architecture):

rustup target add thumbv7em-none-eabihf

Cortex-M23 (ARMv8-M architecture):

rustup target add thumbv8m.base-none-eabi

Cortex-M33 and M35P (ARMv8-M architecture):

rustup target add thumbv8m.main-none-eabi

Cortex-M33F and M35PF with hardware floating point (ARMv8-M architecture):

rustup target add thumbv8m.main-none-eabihf


cargo install cargo-binutils

rustup component add llvm-tools

WINDOWS: prerequisite C++ Build Tools for Visual Studio 2019 is installed.


We'll use this later to generate a project from a template.

cargo install cargo-generate

Note: on some Linux distros (e.g. Ubuntu) you may need to install the packages libssl-dev and pkg-config prior to installing cargo-generate.

OS-Specific Instructions

Now follow the instructions specific to the OS you are using: