Yocto Hello World

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DART-6UL - Hello, World!

Yocto references

Sample C "Hello, world!" program

Create a file called myhello.c with the following content:

#include <stdio.h>

int main() {
	printf("Hello, World!\n");
	return 0;

Building out of Yocto

Toolchain installation for out of Yocto builds

To install the toolchain follow Yocto Toolchain installation guide.


Source the environment setup script (see the previous "Toolchain installation" section)

$ $CC myhello.c -o myhello

Now you should have an app called myhello, that can be copied (using scp, for example) and run on your target board.

Building using Yocto

Sample bitbake recipe of an "Hello, world!" application

Create a file called myhello.bb with the following content:

DESCRIPTION = "Simple helloworld application"
LIC_FILES_CHKSUM = "file://${COMMON_LICENSE_DIR}/MIT;md5=0835ade698e0bcf8506ecda2f7b4f302"

SRC_URI = "file://myhello.c"

S = "${WORKDIR}"

do_compile() {
	${CC} myhello.c ${LDFLAGS} -o myhello

do_install() {
	install -d ${D}${bindir}
	install -m 0755 myhello ${D}${bindir}

Create the following directory tree under your Yocto directory, and place in it the two files described above:

└── myhello
    ├── files
    │   └── myhello.c
    └── myhello.bb

2 directories, 2 files


Run the following in your Yocto build directory:

$ bitbake myhello

To find the location of the output package you can run the following in your Yocto build directory:

$ cd tmp/deploy/rpm
$ find -name myhello*

To add the output of this recipe to your output images, add the following to your conf/local.conf file in your Yocto build directory:

IMAGE_INSTALL_append = " myhello"

This will put the myhello app in your rootfs.