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Raspberry Pi

To build a cross-compiler from Linux to Raspberry Pi (running Raspbian), first grab the cross-compilation toolset:

git clone

Let's say this created a directory $tools. Now add the tools to your path:


Follow the instructions in Building/CrossCompiling. A few more RPi specific tips:

To configure, use

./configure --target=arm-linux-gnueabihf --enable-unregisterised

You can also build registerised: leave out the --enable-unregisterised option, but then you must use LLVM (see below).

You'll need to use integer-simple, because the cross-compilation environment doesn't include GMP (see Building/CrossCompiling).

The build should go successfully all the way to stage 2. You can then use the stage 1 compiler on the host as a cross-compiler.

Using LLVM

  • When unregisterised, the C backend will be used by default, but you can optionally use LLVM. Code generated using LLVM is compatible with code generated using the C backend.
  • When registerised, you must use LLVM. The -fllvm option is unnecessary in this case.

To use LLVM, add these to your mk/

GhcLibHcOpts       = -O -fllvm -optlc -mtriple=arm-linux-gnueabihf -optlc -mattr=+vfp2 -optlc -float-abi=hard
GhcRtsHcOpts      += -fllvm -optlc -mtriple=arm-linux-gnueabihf -optlc -mattr=+vfp2 -optlc -float-abi=hard

Note that LLVM 2.9 does not work for registerised code generation on ARM (it crashes), and LLVM 3.1 has been reported to generate incorrect code. Success has been reported with LLVM 3.0 and 3.2.

Unfortunately at the moment these options do not persist in GHC, so you have to give them when compiling application code too.