AVR-GCC 8.1.0 for Windows 32 and 64 bit

Here is where I’ll be uploading builds of AVR-GCC for Windows 32 and 64 bit, which will also include Binutils, AVR-LibC, AVRDUDE and Make. I’ll be trying to keep the builds up to date with the latest tool releases when I can.

The binaries are built from source on an Arch Linux virtual machine with MinGW, apart from AVRDUDE where the pre-built binary was obtained from the official download area. Both 32 bit and 64 bit Windows binaries are provided. There’s probably no benefit from using the 64 bit stuff, but all the cool kids are doing it so why not.
A bash script for building AVR-GCC, AVR-Binutils and AVR-LibC from source is also provided below, making it super easy to build these tools for yourself.

Included tools

Tool Version
GCC 8.1.0
Binutils 2.30
AVR-LibC 2.0.0
AVRDUDE 6.3 (Not included in Linux release)
Make 4.2.1 (Not included in Linux release)


avr-gcc-8.1.0-x64-mingw.zip (56.39 MB)
AVG-GCC 8.1.0 Windows x64 (64 bit)
Downloaded 1864 times
MD5: B3E32E6D25EFAF2C5DB936607E21EAC8

avr-gcc-8.1.0-x86-mingw.zip (54.22 MB)
AVG-GCC 8.1.0 Windows x86 (32 bit)
Downloaded 666 times
MD5: 09A67C71438029AB7CB48E077E63E867

avr-gcc-8.1.0-x64-linux.tar.bz2 (48.7 MB)
AVG-GCC 8.1.0 Linux x64
Downloaded 186 times
MD5: FFEE037FD73135A70A34BB1985E6E3A1

Upgrading the Arduino IDE

Upgrading the Arduino IDE is pretty easy, though there could be some incompatibilities with certain libraries. I’ve only tested this with Arduino 1.8.2.

  1. Download and extract one of the downloads above
  2. Navigate to your Arduino IDE folder
  3. Go to hardware/tools
  4. Move the avr folder somewhere else, like to your desktop (renaming the folder won’t work, Arduino has some auto-detect thing which sometimes gets confused)
  5. Move the extracted folder from earlier to the tools folder and rename it to avr
  6. Copy the builtin_tools_versions.txt file and etc folder from the old avr folder to the new one
  7. Done! Open up the Arduino IDE, load up the Blink example, upload it to your Arduino and make sure the LED is blinking!

Known Issues


Build Script

This build script will install the required packages, create directories and build the tools from source. This should work on Debian 8, Ubuntu 16.04, CentOS 7 and Arch.

Building takes about 30 minutes on an Arch Linux virtual machine with 4 cores i5 2500K @ 4GHz and 2GB RAM.


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    • Fridolin on May 2, 2016 at 10:55 pm
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    compiling with

    -xc *.c

    results in

    avr-gcc: error: *.c: Invalid argument

    1. Hey Fridolin, I also saw your post on mikrocontroller.net about it being available in previous versions, but none of the GCC versions I tried (4.7.2, 4.9.2, 5.3.0) accept *.c as a valid argument :/

    • Fridolin on May 2, 2016 at 11:16 pm
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    Please try an official version, for example the one included in Atmel Studio. It works ok with -xc *.c

    -xc *.c is needed to be able to use -flto (which optimizes the code much better than when compiling the files one-by-one).

      • Fridolin on May 2, 2016 at 11:26 pm
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      This is what an official Atmel Studio

      avr-gcc -v

      outputs (compile parameters). Maybe in your build something is missing?

      Using built-in specs.
      COLLECT_GCC=C:\Program Files (x86)\Atmel\Atmel Toolchain\AVR8 GCC\Native\3.4.1061\avr8-gnu-toolchain\bin\avr-gcc.exe
      COLLECT_LTO_WRAPPER=c:/program\ files\ (x86)/atmel/atmel\ toolchain/avr8\ gcc/native/3.4.1061/avr8-gnu-toolchain/bin/../
      Target: avr
      Configured with: /home/jenkins/workspace/avr8-gnu-toolchain/src/gcc/configure LDFLAGS=-L/home/jenkins/workspace/avr8-gnu
      -toolchain/avr8-gnu-toolchain-win32_x86/lib CPPFLAGS= –target=avr –host=i686-pc-mingw32 –build=x86_64-pc-linux-gnu —
      prefix=/home/jenkins/workspace/avr8-gnu-toolchain/avr8-gnu-toolchain-win32_x86 –libdir=/home/jenkins/workspace/avr8-gnu
      -toolchain/avr8-gnu-toolchain-win32_x86/lib –enable-languages=c,c++ –with-dwarf2 –enable-doc –disable-shared –disab
      le-libada –disable-libssp –disable-nls –with-avrlibc=yes –with-mpfr=/home/jenkins/workspace/avr8-gnu-toolchain/avr8-
      gnu-toolchain-win32_x86 –with-gmp=/home/jenkins/workspace/avr8-gnu-toolchain/avr8-gnu-toolchain-win32_x86 –with-mpc=/h
      ome/jenkins/workspace/avr8-gnu-toolchain/avr8-gnu-toolchain-win32_x86 –enable-win32-registry=avrtoolchain –enable-fixe
      d-point –with-pkgversion=AVR_8_bit_GNU_Toolchain_3.4.5_1522 –with-bugurl=http://www.atmel.com
      Thread model: single
      gcc version 4.8.1 (AVR_8_bit_GNU_Toolchain_3.4.5_1522)

      1. I have that same version of Atmel’s version of GCC, but mine still stays that *.c is invalid. [This] seems to say that you can specify all the files individually, during compile or after once the object files have been created.

      2. Ah my bad, *.c does work, I didn’t have any .c files in the working directory! I’ll post an update in a bit…

      3. Ok, I can’t seem to find anything obvious that I might have missed, so I’m not sure why *.c isn’t working on my 6.1.0 build. I guess a workaround for now would be specify each individual .c file -xc file1.c file2.c file3.c.

          • Fridolin on May 3, 2016 at 5:28 pm
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          Do you know what’s strange? The order in which I specify all the .c files makes a difference in the binary size (that is also the case in the older versions).

          • Fridolin on May 7, 2016 at 12:45 am
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          Default configuration of mingw-w64 misses wildcard support.

          Two solutions:

          You can recompile mingw-w64 from source with configure –enable-wildcard


          Use Arch Linux. Their mingw-w64 has wildcard support enabled.

          1. Ah thanks! I’ve rebuilt everything using Arch Linux, *.c now works, the download links have been updated 🙂

    • Felix on May 3, 2016 at 11:48 am
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    Have you tried to add “lto” to the list of languages so it reads: c,c++,lto? I read about that in this article: https://www.mikrocontroller.net/articles/AVR-GCC

    1. LTO is enabled by default, so no need for any extra build options.

    • Kshitij on May 17, 2016 at 6:51 am
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    Hello Zak,

    This is a commendable effort. However, its missing AVR specific patches. For your next build, would you please apply the binutils-patches for avr and some avr-gcc specific updates, which are available at http://distribute.atmel.no/tools/opensource/Atmel-AVR-GNU-Toolchain// ? Off the top of my head, without the avr-size patch, the avr-size –mcu option will not work. There are also some fixes for ATtiny, iirc. Their GCC fixes do get merged upstream occasionally, but for a custom built toolchain, the binutils fixes do need to be looked into.

    Either way, nice job.

    1. Thanks for the link, though there seems to be a lot of patch failures for the latest GCC and things. I’ll have to go through them sometime, the few I looked at where because they’ve already been merged.

    • Fridolin on September 23, 2016 at 10:04 am
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    Hi, have you tried compiling avr-gcc 6.2?

    1. Oh! I didn’t know 6.2 was out, I’ll get it compiled sometime soon.

        • Fridolin on April 16, 2017 at 7:41 pm
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        Any news?

        6.3 has been out for quite some time now.

        1. Oh, 7.1 is out now lol, I’ll probably get an updated download sorted this weekend.

    • Stefan on October 12, 2016 at 12:08 pm
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    Where is make.exe?

    1. You can download make [here]. Though, I think I’ll include it with future AVR-GCC builds.

    • SigmaN on March 9, 2017 at 8:25 pm
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    AVR Toolchain GCC 6.3.0, binutils 2.28, avr-libc 2.0.0

    Bug with string constant is FIXED.

    Real worjing LTO(add -flto to compiler AND linker)

    Win32, Win64, Linux64, avr-libc in separate folders https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7dMRxCEo4yhV283QVJUYlpBRW8/view?usp=sharing

    Win32 Build ready for integration in Atmel Studio 7
    View README inside zip

  1. I got this to work with gcc 7.1.0.

    I had a few problems:
    * in your build script, the PREFIX_LIBC variable points to a different location than the rest of the tools. It should be the same.
    * avrdude is missing in the build script. it also needs to be installed in the same prefix path.

    Then, after building, and replacing the Arduino.app/Contents/Java/hardware/tools/avr directory, it almost works.
    Except that i initially got this error when linking:

    core/core.a: error adding symbols: Malformed archive

    Somehow this is solved by changing the -std commandline option in platform,txt to: -std=gnu++1z.

    The string bug mentioned seems to be solved.

    I now use this shell script for switching: https://gist.github.com/nlitsme/04f33ec27cafd8678fddc66ecad9e828

    1. Oh nice, I hadn’t realized GCC 7.1 was out already!
      PREFIX_LIBC is supposed to go to its own directory, so the contents can then be easily copied to the x86 and x64 builds.
      I didn’t include avrdude in the build script as official pre-built windows binaries are readily available here, unlike GCC. The official binaries are the the ones I included in the download packages.

      I’ll have to see about getting the download updated to 7.1.

  2. Hello,

    Forgive me for being very stupid. I don’t know what AVR-GCC 7.1.0 for Windows 32 and 64 bit is. Is this software for the “N l Watch”?

    1. Hey Rob, AVR-GCC is a set of tools used to compile source code (C and C++ code) into a format that can be loaded onto an AVR microcontroller, usually a .hex file. AVR-GCC isn’t specially made for the N|Watch, it can be used by any project that needs to compile some code for AVR.

    • Henning on July 8, 2017 at 10:59 pm
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    Out of the box libwinpthread-1.dll is missing, it was present in the 6.1 release. Without it executing gcc fails.

    Some kind of integrated coreutils would be really nice, I think.

    1. Thanks for telling me about the missing dll! I’ve updated the downloads to include it now. I’ll have a think about including coreutils in the next release then.

      1. Great work! Thank you very much for these updated components!

        Unfortunately, the package is still incomplete, I had to copy libwinpthread-1.dll to .\avr\libexec\gcc\avr\7.1.0\ as well.

        1. Hah, I’ve updated the downloads again :p

            • Henning on July 13, 2017 at 4:04 pm

            Thank you very much!

    • Wouter van Ooijen on March 3, 2018 at 10:05 am
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    Great work, it enables me to use modern C++ (C++17, concepts) for avr8 chips, both within Arduino and with my stand-alone makescripts.

    But.. is anyone aware of a similar effort for Linux distro’s? All I can find is very old avr8-gcc versions.

    1. Hey Wouter, I’ve just added a 7.3.0 release for Linux, see how it works for you.

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