How to Install OpenOCD V0.8.0 (Linux)

OpenOCD (Open On-Chip Debugger) is an open-source software that provides debugging and in-system programming for embedded target devices using JTAG interface.

OpenOCD provides also the ability to flash NAND and NOR FLASH memory devices that are attached to the processor on the target system. Flash programming is supported for external CFI compatible flashes (Intel and AMD/Spansion command set) and several internal flashes (LPC2000, AT91SAM7, STR7x, STR9x, LM3 and STM32x). Official website:

First, install some stuff needed to build

sudo apt-get install libftdi-dev libftdi1 libtool git-core asciidoc build-essential flex bison libgmp3-dev libmpfr-dev autoconf texinfo libncurses5-dev libexpat1 libexpat1-dev tk tk8.4 tk8.4-dev

 Second, create a working directory and clone it.

cd /home/username/Downloads
mkdir openocd
git clone git:// repository
cd repository

 To see all the available stable version:

git tag

 Switch from master to the latest stable release, at this time v.0.8.0

git checkout v0.8.0

Install packages:

sudo apt-get install libtool automake libusb-1.0.0-dev texinfo libusb-dev

libusb-dev will enable automatically the support for
   Olimex ARM-JTAG-EW Programmer           yes (auto)

libusb-1.0.0-dev will enable automatically the support for
  MPSSE mode of FTDI based devices        yes (auto)
  ST-Link JTAG Programmer                 yes (auto)
  TI ICDI JTAG Programmer                 yes (auto)

texinfo is also needed to avoid the error

Before compiling

Because we are building from repository


To see the list of all the supported options: ./configure –help

This time any interface based on the parallel port are not enabled


At the end we will get the summary reporting the supported devices

OpenOCD configuration summary
MPSSE mode of FTDI based devices        yes (auto)
ST-Link JTAG Programmer                 yes (auto)
TI ICDI JTAG Programmer                 yes (auto)
Keil ULINK JTAG Programmer              yes (auto)
Altera USB-Blaster II Compatible        yes (auto)
Segger J-Link JTAG Programmer           yes (auto)
OSBDM (JTAG only) Programmer            yes (auto)
eStick/opendous JTAG Programmer         yes (auto)
Andes JTAG Programmer                   yes (auto)
Versaloon-Link JTAG Programmer          yes (auto)
USBProg JTAG Programmer                 yes (auto)
Raisonance RLink JTAG Programmer        yes (auto)
Olimex ARM-JTAG-EW Programmer           yes (auto)
CMSIS-DAP Compliant Debugger            no

Time to compile and install

sudo make install

The executable will be installed in: /usr/local/bin/openocd whilescripts will be in: /usr/local/share/openocd/scripts