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The Arm Mbed OS codebase is hosted on GitHub, and you can submit new features or bug fixes. Please follow the guidelines for GitHub pull requests and the coding style guide in your submissions.

Tip: Please also read the workflow section for a review of the process and legal requirements.

Code acceptance

After the code has gone through automated testing, developers will take a look and comment on the pull request. If all is well and acceptable, your code will be ready for merging into the central development branch.

Coding style

Whether you're writing new code or fixing bugs in existing code, please follow the Mbed OS coding style.

Mbed OS follows the K&R style, with at least two exceptions (which can be found in the list below the code sample).

The only exception to this coding style involves third-party code. Third-party code should be added to the .astyleignore file located in the Mbed OS root directory.

You can use Artistic Style (AStyle) to format your code. Use the command-line switch to select the correct style and point to the file you want to edit:

astyle -n --options=.astylerc $(full_path_to_file)

File .astylerc defines Mbed OS code style and it's located in Mbed OS root directory.

Code sample

static const PinMap PinMap_ADC[] = {
    {PTC2, ADC0_SE4b, 0},
    {NC , NC , 0}

uint32_t adc_function(analogin_t *obj, uint32_t options)
    uint32_t instance = obj->adc >> ADC_INSTANCE_SHIFT;
    switch (options) {
        case 1:
            timeout = 6;
            timeout = 10;

    while (!adc_hal_is_conversion_completed(instance, 0)) {
        if (timeout == 0) {
        } else {

    if (obj->adc == ADC_CHANNEL0) {
    } else {
        error("channel not available");

    for (uint32_t i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
        printf("Loop : %d", i);
    return adc_hal_get_conversion_value(instance, 0);


  • Indentation - four spaces. Please do not use tabs.

  • Braces - K&R style.

  • One true brace style (1TBS) - use braces for statements of type if, else, while and for (exception from K&R).

  • One line per statement.

  • Preprocessor macro starts at the beginning of a new line; the code inside is indented according to the code above it.

  • Cases within switch are indented (exception from K&R).

  • Space after statements of type if, while, for, switch. The same applies to binary operators (like, + and *) and the ternary operator (? and :).

  • Each line preferably has at most 120 characters.

  • Comments should use proper spelling and grammar.

  • For pointers or references, the symbols * or & are adjacent to a name (analogin_t *obj. analogin_t &obj). If you omit the name, place the space between the type and * (such as int * or int &).

  • For function return pointers or references, the symbols * or & are adjacent to a function name (int *func() or int &func()).

  • Don't leave trailing spaces at the end of lines.

  • Empty lines should have no trailing spaces.

  • Unix line endings are default option for files.

  • Use capital letters for macros.

  • A file should have an empty line at the end.

Naming conventions


  • Begins with a capital letter, and each word in it also begins with a capital letter (AnalogIn, BusInOut).

  • Methods contain small letters, with words separated by underscore.

  • Private members starts with an underscore: __User defined types (typedef))).

  • Structures - suffix _t - to denote it is a user defined type.

  • Enumeration - the type name and values name - same naming convention as classes (for example MyNewEnum).


  • Contain lower case letters (as methods within classes).

  • Words separated by underscore (wait_ms, read_u16).

As an example:


class AnalogIn {
    /** Create an AnalogIn connected to the specified pin.
     * @param pin AnalogIn pin to connect to
     * @param name (optional) A string to identify the object
    AnalogIn(PinName pin)
        analogin_init(&_adc, pin);

    /** Read the input voltage, represented as a float in the range [0.0, 1.0].
     * @returns
     * 	A floating-point value representing the current input voltage, measured as a percentage
    uint32_t read()
        return analogin_read(&_adc, operation);
    analogin_t _adc;

typedef enum {
    ADC0_SE0 = (0 << ADC_INSTANCE_SHIFT) | 0,
} ADCName;

struct analogin_s {
    ADCName adc;

typedef struct analogin_s analogin_t;

Doxygen documentation

All functions and methods should contain documentation using Doxygen.

Compiler settings

All C and C++ code submitted to Mbed OS must compile with GCC Arm Embedded, Arm Compiler 5 and IAR EWARM. Mbed OS:

  • Uses the GNU99 standard for C.
  • Uses the GNU++98 standard for C++.
  • Sets the char type to unsigned.
  • Disables C++ exceptions.
  • Disables C++ runtime type information.
  • Disables variable length arrays (C++ only).
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