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 returns no results. Am I missing something or why is there no GDB for ARM anymore?

Thanks in advance!


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! .....)

  • 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.
  • gdb-multiarch worked for me. – John Lindgren May 9 '18 at 15:41

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

  • 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
  • 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

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

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

Using this command system install all binary into /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 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 downloaded successfully Extract the compressed file. Go to


Copy the GDB and objcopy into /usr/bin Directory

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

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

After copy you can use the GCC and GDB.

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