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µVISION: Command-Line Option to manage Browse Information

Information in this knowledgebase article applies to:

  • Keil MDK 5
  • Arm Compiler 5


I do most of my development through the µVision GUI, where compiling with Browse Information is very useful. However, our deployment builds are made by a server with the µVision command-line interface.

Because we have the Browse Information option turned on in the project file, I recognize that the deployment builds slow down:

Is there any way to turn off the compile Browse Information via the command line?


There is no option to turn off Browse Information (BI) with "UV4.exe" from the command line. 

If you are calling the Arm Compiler from the OS command line, remove the --omf_browse term to disable the feature.

In a new µVision project, BI is turned off by default.

A build server using armcc does not require BI.

A solution might be to patch the XML-based project file (.uvprojx) before running the build server, by adjusting the corresponding value to 0 (here demonstrated by an editor):

Note: Switching off BI only improves the build time of Arm Compiler V5, as µVision creates browse information in the editor when Arm Compiler V6 is selected.



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Last Reviewed: Thursday, October 15, 2020

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