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Qt graphical frontend to ARMSim

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Qt ARMSim is a graphical frontend to the ARMSim ARM simulator. It provides an easy to use multiplatform ARM emulation environment that has been designed to be used on Computer Architecture Introductory courses.

It is based on a previous work of Gloria Edo Piñana who developed GlSpim, the graphical part of a Qt graphical interface to the SPIM simulator on 2008.

The ARMSim ARM simulator, Copyright (c) 2014 by German Fabregat, is included with Qt ARMSim. It can be found on the armsim/ directory.

1. Dependencies

Qt ARMSim has the following dependencies:

(Depending on the platform, QScintilla can be bundled with the PyQt4 installer.)

On the other hand, ARMSim has the next dependencies:

1.1 How to install the dependencies on GNU/Linux?

The GNU/Linux major distributions provide packages for Python3, PyQt4, QScintilla (if not bundled with PyQt4), and Ruby. You should use the package manager of your GNU/Linux distribution to install PyQt4 for Python3 (the package manager will take care of its dependencies and will also install Python3 if it is not already installed); QScintilla with python bindings, if offered as a separate package; and Ruby.

Installing GCC for ARM can be achieved either by building a cross-compiling toolchain, installing a GCC for ARM package provided by your distribution, or by extracting the gcc-arm-none-eabi tar.gz for linux32 or linux64 from the Arduino download page.

On Gentoo you can install all the dependencies using:

# emerge -av PyQt4 qscintilla-python ruby
# emerge -av crossdev
# crossdev --target arm --ov-output /usr/local/portage

On Kubuntu you can install all the dependencies using:


1.2 How to install the dependencies on Windows?

Windows support has been tested with PyQt4 for Python 3.4. It should work on newer versions, just make sure that you get the PyQt4 binary package for the very same Python version you install.

To install Qt ARMSim and ARMSim dependencies on Windows, please follow the next steps:

  1. Check which binaries versions of PyQt4 are available on the PyQt4 download page. Select one version of PyQt4 that works with Python3 and Qt4. Write down the version of Python for which it has been compiled. The Python version is coded on the installer file name. For example, the file PyQt4-4.11.1-gpl-Py3.4-Qt4.8.6-x64.exe provides an installer for PyQt4 for Python 3.4 and Qt 4.8.6. What is important in this step is to write down that the version of Python should be the 3.4. The 3.4 version, not any other version, not even a minor revision like 3.4.1. Download now the chosen installer for PyQt4, but do not install it yet.
  2. Download and install Python3 from the Python download page for windows (you should search for the exact version required by PyQt4 on the previous step). During the installation, it is convenient to mark the option that adds Python to the Windows path.
  3. Install the PyQt4 package you downloaded on step 1.
  4. Download and install Ruby from Ruby Installer for Windows. Install a 1.9 version (no a 2 version). Please, make sure to select the Add Ruby executables to you PATH option.
  5. Download GCC ARM cross compiler for Windows from the Arduino download page. Open the gcc-arm-none-eabi-x.y.y-win32.tar.gz file and extract its contents on any folder you choose. (Later you will configure Qt ARMSim to use the g++_arm_none_eabi\bin\arm-none-eabi-gcc.exe as the ARMSim GCC Compiler.)

2. Installing Qt ARMSim

Qt ARMSim can be automatically installed using pip (a tool for installing Python packages), or manually. Next section shows how to install Qt ARMSim using pip, which is the recommended method. Section 2.2 shows how to install it manually.

2.2 Manual installation

Download the last qtarmsim-x.y.z.tar.gz file from, uncompress it, and enter in the qtarmsim-x.y.z directory:

$ tar -xzf qtarmsim-x.y.z.tar.gz
$ cd qtarmsim-x.y.z

Once there, you can install Qt ARMSim system wide or on a user basis. To install it system wide, you should use the following command as root:

# python3 install

If you prefer to install Qt ARMSim on a user basis, you should execute the following command:

$ python3 install --user

3. Executing Qt ARMSim

If Qt ARMSim has been installed system wide, you can simply execute the qtarmsim command, as it should have been installed on a directory that should be on the system path.

Otherwise, qtarmsim will be on a user directory. On GNU/Linux, it will be on ~/.local/bin/. On Windows, it will be on C:\\Users\YourUser\AppData\Roaming\Python\Scripts\. For your convenience, you could add that directory to your path.

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