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About this book

The Arm® Compiler Migration and Compatibility Guide provides migration and compatibility information for users moving from older versions of Arm Compiler to Arm Compiler 6.

Using this book

This book is organized into the following chapters:

Chapter 1 Configuration and Support Information

Summarizes the support levels and FlexNet versions supported by the Arm® compilation tools.

Chapter 2 Migrating from Arm® Compiler 5 to Arm® Compiler 6

Provides an overview of the differences between Arm® Compiler 5 and Arm Compiler 6.

Chapter 3 Migrating from armcc to armclang

Compares Arm® Compiler 6 command-line options to older versions of Arm Compiler.

Chapter 4 Compiler Source Code Compatibility

Provides details of source code compatibility between Arm® Compiler 6 and older armcc compiler versions.

Chapter 5 Migrating from armasm to the armclang Integrated Assembler

Describes how to migrate assembly code from armasm syntax to GNU syntax (used by armclang).

Chapter 6 Changes Between Different Versions of Arm® Compiler 6

Describes the changes that affect migration and compatibility between different versions of Arm® Compiler 6.

Appendix A Code Examples

Provides source code examples for Arm® Compiler 5 and Arm Compiler 6.

Appendix B Licenses

Describes the Apache license.


The Arm® Glossary is a list of terms used in Arm documentation, together with definitions for those terms. The Arm Glossary does not contain terms that are industry standard unless the Arm meaning differs from the generally accepted meaning.

See the Arm® Glossary for more information.

Typographic conventions

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monospace italic
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Denotes language keywords when used outside example code.
Encloses replaceable terms for assembler syntax where they appear in code or code fragments. For example:
MRC p15, 0, <Rd>, <CRn>, <CRm>, <Opcode_2>
Used in body text for a few terms that have specific technical meanings, that are defined in the Arm® Glossary. For example, IMPLEMENTATION DEFINED, IMPLEMENTATION SPECIFIC, UNKNOWN, and UNPREDICTABLE.


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