In previous versions of Ubuntu, GDB for ARM Cortex processors was part of the package gdb-arm-none-eabi. Searching https://packages.ubuntu.com/ for gdb-arm-none-eabi for Ubuntu 18.04 doesn't return any results. Am I missing something or why isn't there any GDB for ARM any more?


I had the same question, and googled some more. It seems that with modern GDB you no longer need a GDB for your specific architecture. Just use GDB.

(seems to work on my older 16.04 workstation as well. I've been typing arm-none-eabi-gdb all those years, while just "gdb" would've worked just as well! .....)

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    Are you using gdb or gdb-multiarch in Ubuntu? – user1729210 May 7 '18 at 8:47
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    Plain "gdb" does not work (produces "warning: Architecture rejected target-supplied description"), you need "gdb-multiarch". – John Lindgren May 9 '18 at 15:44

As far as I can see, there are two options:

  • Install an old version (as pointed out by Chaos)
  • Install gdb-multiarch, which actually worked for me.
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    gdb-multiarch worked for me. – John Lindgren May 9 '18 at 15:41

I had the same issue with Ubuntu 18.04. To install “gcc-arm-none-eabi” on Ubuntu 18.04, do:

sudo apt-get install gcc-arm-none-eabi

Using this command, the system installs all binaries into the /usr/bin folder. But some binaries are not found here, so I am using its alternative way as below. It's working for me.

If you want to use the below arm-none-eabi utility,




Download the ARM-GCC toolchain from gnu-mcu-eclipse/arm-none-eabi-gcc.

I have downloaded "gnu-mcu-eclipse-arm-none-eabi-gcc-6.3.1-1.1-20180331-0618-centos64" for my x64 System.

After it has downloaded successfully, extract the compressed file. Go to


Copy the GDB and objcopy into the /usr/bin directory:

sudo cp arm-none-eabi-gdb /usr/bin/

sudo cp arm-none-eabi-objcopy /usr/bin/

After the copy, you can use GCC and GDB.

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I searched for and found that package in Synaptic package manager. Just install synaptic and search for it. You can find it in the software store or by sudo apt-get install synaptic

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    Are you sure that you are on 18.04 since it does not show any results here: packages.ubuntu.com/… nor via apt-cache search gdb-arm-none-eabi – user1729210 May 2 '18 at 13:53
  • Yes I just installed it 2 days ago. Did you try searching in synaptic ? – Chaos May 2 '18 at 14:02
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    It is a headless machine, so no X environment -> no synaptic. Also, "apt-cache search gdb-arm-none-eabi" should list the package, but there is none. Have you tried to search it online via packages.ubuntu.com (the link in my previous comment points to the search with bionic pre-selected)? What's the version of the package you find with synaptic? – user1729210 May 2 '18 at 14:08
  • Oh yes I understand now! I have added the trusty repository, that's why I found it in synaptic. You could do the same and then use apt-get to install the package. I tried it in terminal and found the package. The version is – Chaos May 2 '18 at 14:32


sudo apt install gdb-multiarch
gdb-multiarch my.elf
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