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ARM DS-5 Development Studio

ARM® DS-5 Development Studio is an end-to-end suite of tools for embedded C/C++ software development on any ARM-based SoC.

DS-5 provides comprehensive support for SoC design and bring-up. From the earliest RTL simulation through to optimizations for native Android apps, DS-5 gives you the best insight into ARM-based systems.

The suite includes DS-5 Debugger, Streamline performance analyzer, ARM Compiler 5 & 6, Linaro GCC, Fixed Virtual Platform (FVP) and the Eclipse IDE.

Device bring-up is easier in DS-5. Designed alongside ARM processors, CoreSight infrastructure and debug hardware, DS-5 helps to abstract the debug connection and comes with preconfigured debug connections to devices from over 40 semiconductor partners and OEMs.

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Start your free 30-day trial of DS-5 Ultimate Edition today.

The DS-5 Suite

Write, compile, debug and optimize your software with DS-5


Built on Eclipse, for intuitive source code editing, project management and version control.

Eclipse CDT & project management »


ARM Compiler 5, ARM Compiler 6 and Linaro GCC offer you a toolchain for any project.

Compilation toolchain support »


DS-5 Debugger gives unprecedented insight into ARM systems, from bare-metal to Linux and Android.

DS-5 Debugger & CoreSight trace »


Tune your system for energy efficiency throughout your project with Streamline performance analyzer.

Streamline performance analyzer »

DS-5 Editions

Feature Community Professional Ultimate
Eclipse IDE
ARM Compilers
Linaro GCC
DS-5 Debugger
CoreSight Trace (ETM, PTM, ITM, STM)
Streamline Performance Analyzer
Simulation with Fixed Virtual Platform (FVP)
Processor Support

To see a detailed table of features, visit our Compare DS-5 Editions page »

DS-5 comes in three different editions, which are license-managed from a single installation.

DS-5 Ultimate Edition supports the very latest ARM processors and technology, such as ARMv8. Try it now »

DS-5 Professional Edition supports all ARM processors up to and including ARMv7, providing exceptional debug and trace capabilities as well as access to ARM Compilers.

DS-5 Community Edition is free, allowing access to a limited feature set of Streamline and DS-5 Debugger, enabling Android and Linux application debug.

New Technologies

DS-5 has the earliest support for cutting-edge ARM products and technology

We work with our architects, engineers and lead partners at the earliest stages to provide software tools that fit their design process. Whether you're a big company or a small team, DS-5 allows you to take advantage of this in your own projects.


Mature support for ARMv8, including the Juno ARM Development Platform and ARMv8 FVP.

ARMv8 support in DS-5 Ultimate Edition »


Helping to bridge the gap between proprietary and open source, ARM Compiler 6 is included in DS-5 Ultimate and Professional Edition.

ARM Compiler 6 »


Advanced debug and trace, with an abstraction layer to enable easier system configuration in custom SoCs.

CoreSight Trace in DS-5 »


DS-5 allows you to debug and profile big.LITTLE systems with the ease of debugging a single core device.

DS-5 support for big.LITTLE »

From Sensor to Server

Get your device to market faster with DS-5

We're changing the way devices are developed by giving you access to Fixed Virtual Platforms and profiling tools. Cut months off development time and deliver efficient software from the start.

DS-5 solutions for your market or project »

Model your system »

Whether you're working on a model or a real device, the debug experience in DS-5 is the same. Using ARM Fast Models and Fixed Virtual Platforms, you can cut months off your project.

Work across devices »

DS-5 supports all ARM processors, so if your SoC contains a Cortex-M3 for power management, there's no need to swap development tools. Just set up multiple debug connections and swap between them.

Design for efficiency »

Every component included in DS-5, from our optimizing compilers to Streamline performance analyzer, is designed to help maximize efficiency. You would expect nothing less from tools made by ARM.

Get to market earlier »

Software accounts for the largest portion of time and cost in embedded projects. DS-5 is backed up with ARM's superb technical support and comprehensive documentation.

Lower your project risk »

We use DS-5 every day in the development of our own processors. Our customers have shipped billions of devices and our knowledgebase is unparalleled. No matter how big or small your project: join the winning team.

Get Started

Evaluate DS-5 Ultimate Edition with a 30-day trial

  1. Download & install

    Download DS-5 Ultimate Edition and install for 64-bit Windows or Linux systems.

  2. Follow the Getting Started tutorials

    Find your way around DS-5 with the customary Hello World tutorials, written for bare-metal and Linux users.

  3. Learn more with our in-depth examples

    There are lots of examples in DS-5, all with really helpful readme docs, which explain some of the more advanced features found in DS-5 Debugger.

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