Most users will want to set up the GNU GDB debugger in order to use pyOCD for debugging applications. Either the command-line GDB or a full IDE can be used.
Standalone GDB server
After you install pyOCD via pip or setup.py, you will be able to execute the following in order to start a GDB server powered by pyOCD:
$ pyocd gdbserver
You can get additional help by running
pyocd gdbserver --help.
Example command line GDB session showing how to connect to a running
pyocd gdbserver and load
$ arm-none-eabi-gdb application.elf <gdb> target remote localhost:3333 <gdb> load <gdb> monitor reset
pyocd gdbserver subcommand is also usable as a drop in place replacement for OpenOCD in
existing setups. The primary difference is the set of gdb monitor commands.
Recommended GDB and IDE setup
The recommended toolchain for embedded Arm Cortex-M development is GNU Arm Embedded (GNU-RM), provided by Arm. GDB is included with this toolchain.
Note that the version of GDB included with the new, combined Arm GNU Toolchain as of version 11.2-2022.02 will not work with pyOCD. This is because it is currently built without the required support for the XML target descriptions that pyOCD sends to GDB. Versions later than 11.2-2022.02 may have this bug fixed.
For Visual Studio Code, the cortex-debug plugin is available that supports pyOCD.
The GDB server also works well with Eclipse Embedded CDT, previously known as GNU MCU/ARM Eclipse. It fully supports pyOCD with an included pyOCD debugging plugin.
To view peripheral register values either the built-in Eclipse Embedded CDT register view can be used, or
the Embedded System Register Viewer plugin can be installed. The latter can be installed from inside
http://embsysregview.sourceforge.net/update as a software update server URL
under the “Help -> Install New Software…” menu item.