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Importing Custom Software Packs

Software packs can be created by Arm, third-parties, customers or you might want to build your own. Software pack files are ZIP files that have the preferred extension *.pack (*.zip is also supported). Pack Installer checks if the file is a valid pack.

There are two ways to import software packs:

  • Import... adds a *.pack or *.ZIP file to the MDK installation.
  • Import from Folder... adds one or more extracted packs from folders to the installation.

Apart from importing, you can directly use an existing folder structure that is interpreted as a pack. Refer to Using Local Repositories for more information.

Import a software pack

The menu File - Import... adds software packs to the MDK installation. Software packs get stored in the folder \Pack\vendor_name\pack_name\version.

The picture shows an example of the imported software pack CustomPack delivered by the vendor CustomVendor. The pack has two versions. Only the latest version is installed and can be used in projects.

Import Software Packs

Import a folder

The menu File - Import from Folder... adds one or more extracted packs from the specified folder to the installation. All software packs found below the root folder get stored in the respective folder \Pack\vendor_name\pack_name\version.

Using a custom software component

The example software pack adds a software component called CustomPHY to the sub-class Ethernet PHY (API) of the class CMSIS Driver. The software component can be added to a project using the Run-Time-Environment window by ticking the check-box Sel:

Software component from CustomPack

Also note the item "Custom" in the list of available Ethernet PHY drivers. It comes with the CMSIS pack and can be used to create a new PHY driver directly in the application using the CMSIS Driver template files. Section Add Source Files to Project explains how to add user code templates.

In our example CustomPack provides Ethernet PHY implementation and so selecting the CustomPHY component adds the file CustomPHY.c to the software component class CMSIS Driver in the Project window.

Software component from CustomPack in Project window

Right-click the file name and select Options for Component Class 'CMSIS Driver'.

Import Software Packs

Click on CustomPHY to set options. The software pack from which the software component originated is shown on the Properties tab.

See also

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