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The xPack OpenOCD

A standalone cross-platform (Windows/macOS/Linux) OpenOCD binary distribution, intended for reproducible builds.

In addition to the the binary archives and the package meta data, this project also includes the build scripts.


This open source project is hosted on GitHub as xpack-dev-tools/openocd-xpack and provides the platform specific binaries for the xPack OpenOCD.

This distribution follows the official OpenOCD.

The binaries can be installed automatically as binary xPacks or manually as portable archives.

Release schedule

This distribution generally follows the official OpenOCD, with additional releases based on the current Git form time to time.

User info

This section is intended as a shortcut for those who plan to use the OpenOCD binaries. For full details please read the xPack OpenOCD pages.

Easy install

The easiest way to install OpenOCD is using the binary xPack, available as @xpack-dev-tools/openocd from the npmjs.com registry.


A recent xpm, which is a portable Node.js command line application.

It is recommended to update to the latest version with:

npm install --location=global xpm@latest

For details please follow the instructions in the xPack install page.


With the xpm tool available, installing the latest version of the package and adding it as a dependency for a project is quite easy:

cd my-project
xpm init # Only at first use.

xpm install @xpack-dev-tools/openocd@latest

ls -l xpacks/.bin

This command will:

  • install the latest available version, into the central xPacks store, if not already there
  • add symbolic links to the central store (or .cmd forwarders on Windows) into the local xpacks/.bin folder.

The central xPacks store is a platform dependent folder; check the output of the xpm command for the actual folder used on your platform). This location is configurable via the environment variable XPACKS_STORE_FOLDER; for more details please check the xpm folders page.

For xPacks aware tools, like the Eclipse Embedded C/C++ plug-ins, it is also possible to install OpenOCD globally, in the user home folder:

xpm install --global @xpack-dev-tools/openocd@latest

Eclipse will automatically identify binaries installed with xpm and provide a convenient method to manage paths.

After install, the package should create a structure like this (macOS files; only the first two depth levels are shown):

$ tree -L 2 /Users/ilg/Library/xPacks/\@xpack-dev-tools/openocd/0.12.0-1.1/.content/
├── README.md
├── bin
│   └── openocd
├── distro-info
│   ├── CHANGELOG.md
│   ├── licenses
│   ├── patches
│   └── scripts
├── libexec
│   ├── libftdi1.2.5.0.dylib
│   ├── libftdi1.2.dylib -> libftdi1.2.5.0.dylib
│   ├── libhidapi.0.13.1.dylib
│   └── libusb-1.0.0.dylib
└── openocd
    ├── OpenULINK
    ├── contrib
    └── scripts

10 directories, 7 files

No other files are installed in any system folders or other locations.


The binaries are distributed as portable archives; thus they do not need to run a setup and do not require an uninstall; simply removing the folder is enough.

To remove the links created by xpm in the current project:

cd my-project

xpm uninstall @xpack-dev-tools/openocd

To completely remove the package from the global store:

xpm uninstall --global @xpack-dev-tools/openocd

Manual install

For all platforms, the xPack OpenOCD binaries are released as portable archives that can be installed in any location.

The archives can be downloaded from the GitHub Releases page.

For more details please read the Install page.


The version strings used by the OpenOCD project are three number strings like 0.12.0; to this string the xPack distribution adds a four number, but since semver allows only three numbers, all additional ones can be added only as pre-release strings, separated by a dash, like 0.12.0-1. When published as a npm package, the version gets a fifth number, like 0.12.0-1.1.

Since adherence of third party packages to semver is not guaranteed, it is recommended to use semver expressions like ^0.12.0 and ~0.12.0 with caution, and prefer exact matches, like 0.12.0-1.1.

Windows drivers

Most JTAG probes require separate drivers on Windows. For more details please read the Install page.

GNU/Linux UDEV subsystem

For the JTAG probes implemented as USB devices (actually most of them), the last installation step on GNU/Linux is to configure the UDEV subsystem.

For more details please read the Install page.

Maintainer info

For maintainer info, please see the README-MAINTAINER


The quick advice for getting support is to use the GitHub Discussions.

For more details please read the Support page.


The original content is released under the MIT License, with all rights reserved to Liviu Ionescu.

The binary distributions include several open-source components; the corresponding licenses are available in the installed distro-info/licenses folder.

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Credit to Shields IO for the badges and to Somsubhra/github-release-stats for the individual file counters.



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