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Raspberry-Pi Bare Metal Tutorial

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This repository contains the code for the Raspberry-Pi bare-metal programming in C series. The home of the tutorial and all of the articles relating to the code is at and github

The tutorial supports all RPi models, except:

  • rpi3 (rpi3B+ is supported) because the ACT LED is not connected to an IO pin

The tutorial only supports a Linux host for compiling the tutorial code.


git clone
cd arm-tutorial-rpi

In order to use the tutorial-supplied compiler:


Get the RPI Firmware that will be required for compiled SD Card images:


NOTE: This tutorial also used to be tested on Windows, but as I don't have any Windows installs available any more, or indeed the time available to test everything under Windows it's dropped off the list.

Get reading the tutorial. Have fun, and remember to experiment!


The tutorial has a few dependencies which you might want to install before you get started:

  • cmake (Used for configuring Makefiles)
  • mtools (Tools for dealing with file-based FAT32 systems)

Step01 - Getting Started

Step02 - C Runtime

Step03 - Introducing CMake

Step04 - Interrupts

Step05 - Graphics(Basic)

Original Cambridge Tutorial that inspired this tutorial series.

ARM Instruction Reference

Circle C++ Bare Metal Environment for RPI

Newlib C-Library documentation