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Getting Started

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MDK Version 5 Getting Started Guide

The Getting Started user's guide describes the installation of MDK, all product components, and the complete workflow from starting a project to debugging on hardware.
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Learn how to download and install MDK and how to verify correct installation using real hardware. Software Packs add device support, pre-built software components, and user code templates that help you to create an embedded application faster. MDK integrates flash programming and a powerful debugger to analyze and verify the application code in your target hardware.

Download and Install MDK Core

Download Arm Keil MDK and run the installer. Follow the instructions to install the MDK Core on your local computer. The installation also adds the Software Packs for ARM CMSIS, ARM Compiler and MDK-Professional Middleware. When finished, activate a license (we recommend to use MDK-Community edition)

MDK-Professional Trial License

  • You can request a free thirty-day trial license for MDK-Professional. This removes the code size limits and you can explore and test the comprehensive middleware.

Install Software Packs

After the MDK Core installation is complete, the Pack Installer is started automatically, which allows you to add supplementary Software Packs. As a minimum, you need to install a Software Pack that supports your target microcontroller device. On the Devices tab, select the microcontroller you wish to use. Then press the Install button of the corresponding Device Family Pack (DFP) on the Packs tab:

Install a Device Family Pack

MDK v4 Legacy Support

Verify the Installation using Example Projects

Once you have selected, downloaded, and installed a Software Pack for your device, you can verify your installation using one of the examples provided in the Software Pack.

In Pack Installer, select a device on the Devices tab. Click on the Examples tab to see available example projects:

Pack Installer Example Project

Press Copy to install the selected example project on your machine. µVision opens up and you can start working with the project.

Getting Help

If you require further assistance, visit the online manuals for MDK page which contains links to all available documentation for MDK.

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