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CCSv6 Getting Started Guide

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Welcome to Code Composer Studio v6! Code Composer Studio v6 is a major new release of Code Composer Studio (CCS) that is based on the Eclipse open source software framework. The Eclipse software framework is used for many different applications but it was originally developed as a open framework for creating development tools. We have chosen to base CCS on Eclipse as it offers an excellent software framework for building software development environments and is becoming a standard framework used by many embedded software vendors. CCSv5 combines the advantages of the Eclipse software framework with advanced embedded debug capabilities from Texas Instruments resulting in a compelling feature rich development environment for embedded developers.

NoteNote: This guide is designed for the latest release of CCSv6.

Obtaining CCS

Code Composer Studio v6 can be downloaded directly to your PC.

GSG:CCSv6 Download

Installing CCS

The installation process is the same for both delivery methods (DVD or download).

GSG:CCSv6 installation

Running CCS for the first time

When executed for the first time, Code Composer Studio v6 requires a few additional steps to operate properly:

  • Select a workspace, where all the projects will be placed
  • An active license

Follow the link below to learn about these last steps:

GSG:CCSv6 Running for the first time

Working with CCS

Code Development

All work on Code Composer Studio is based on projects - a collection of source, include and configuration files.

The most interesting way to get started on CCSv6 is to follow one of the basic training modules that are published in this wiki server.


Important! The modules above require software libraries and components that are not installed with CCSv6 by default: MSP430Ware, Tivaware, ControlSUITE, Starterware, SYSBIOS, MCSDK, etc. These components must be downloaded separately, and the easiest way to find them is through the CCS App Center. To explore that and a few other features, check the short video below:

Additional quick start guides and videos can be found at the CCS Training category.

Advanced Topics

The following topics are identical between CCSv5 and CCSv6, therefore they link to the same page between the two versions.

Advanced target configurations

The sections below describe several procedures used in complex target configurations.

GSG:Adding GEL files to a target configuration v5
GSG:Connecting to slave cores in SoC devices v5

Linux development

One additional feature in CCSv6 is the ability to create projects and debug code for embedded Linux environments.

The topics below shows how to create projects for Linux that use the open source compiler suite (GCC), as well as perform debugging in this environment.

How to create GCC projects in CCSv5

Resources and References

  • Main Code Composer Studio v6 wiki page:
  • Frequently asked questions:
  • Eclipse Concepts:

Example projects, libraries and source code

1. Stellarisware libraries and example code:

2. MSP430 source code:

3. TMS320C2000 libraries and example code:

4. TMS320C5500 Libraries:

Chip Support Library (CSL):
DSP Library (DSPLIB):
Image Library (IMGLIB):

5. TMS320C6000 Libraries: