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CCSv4 Getting Started Guide

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Welcome to Code Composer Studio v4! Code Composer Studio v4 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. CCSv4 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.

CCS Overview

If you are new to Code Composer Studio, the link below provides an excellent overview of the IDE and its main features

GSG:CCSv4 Overview

Obtaining CCS

Code Composer Studio v4 can be distributed either via a DVD or be downloaded directly to your PC.

If you received a DVD copy of Code Composer Studio, jump to the next section: Installing Code Composer Studio

If you chose to download a copy of Code Composer Studio, check the page below:

GSG:CCSv4 Download

Installing CCS

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

GSG:CCSv4 installation

Running CCS for the first time

When executed for the first time, Code Composer Studio v4 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:CCSv4 Running for the first time

Working with CCS

Project Development

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

If you used previous releases of Code Composer Studio, including release 3.x, beta releases of CCSv4 and Code Composer Essentials for MSP430 check the topic below.

The topic below is also very useful if you downloaded software for certain devices (EZ430 Chronos, Stellarisware, Piccolo controlSTICK software, etc):

GSG:Importing projects from previous versions

If you are new to Code Composer Studio or simply wants to create a project from scratch please check the topic below:

GSG:Creating projects

Project Debugging

The next step after creating a project is to run the program in the debugger. The topic below shows how to configure the debugger and make the best use of the available features to inspect the program execution.

GSG:Debugging projects

Advanced Topics

BIOS Projects

This section describes how to create and debug a project using BIOS.


Common Target Configurations

This section describes the configurations for several target boards.

GSG:Common target configurations

Advanced target configurations

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

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

Updating Code Composer Studio

This section shows the different ways to update and add new features to CCSv4.

GSG:Managing installed features and updating CCS

Automation and Scripting

This section shows an overview about how to automate and script common tasks using CCSv4.

GSG:Automation and Scripting

License Server Administration for CCS

This section discusses setup and configuration of the License server for floating licenses.

License Server Administration for CCS

Extending the license for 90 days

  • In order to extend the evaluation license for an additional 90 days, just follow the instructions in the page below:

Resources and References

  • Main Code Composer Studio v4 wiki page:
  • Frequently asked questions:
  • Types of CCSv4 licenses:
  • 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:

CN CCSv4 Getting Started Guide