An introduction to Arm Mbed OS 6
Mbed OS is an open-source operating system for Internet of Things (IoT) Cortex-M boards: low-powered, constrained and connected. Mbed OS provides an abstraction layer for the microcontrollers it runs on, so that developers can write C/C++ applications that run on any Mbed-enabled board.
Profiles and RTOS
The full profile of Mbed OS is an RTOS (it includes an RTX and all RTOS APIs), so it supports deterministic, multithreaded, real-time software execution. The RTOS primitives are always available, allowing drivers and applications to rely on threads, semaphores, mutexes and other RTOS features. It also includes all APIs by default, although you can remove unused ones at build time.
The bare metal profile doesn't include an RTX and is therefore not an RTOS - it is designed for applications that do not require complex thread management. It is also designed for constrained devices, and therefore focuses on minimising the size of the final application: by default, it includes only the smallest possible set of APIs, to which you can manually add APIs your application requires. The bare metal profile can use the small C libraries (which are not thread safe) to further minimise the size of the application. Mbed 2 users who want to move to Mbed OS 6 should use the bare metal profile.
We release Mbed OS under an Apache 2.0 license, so you can confidently use it in commercial and personal projects. For more information about licensing, please see our licensing documentation.
Our quick start guides show how to build an example application for both the full profile and bare metal profile, on Mbed CLI, Mbed Studio and the Mbed Online Compiler.
|Build with Mbed Studio||Build with Mbed Online Compiler||Build with Mbed CLI|
|Download our dedicated desktop IDE, including all the necessary tools to work with Mbed OS.
This link will take you to the Mbed Studio documentation site.
|Zero-installation web IDE to explore Mbed OS; great for rapid prototyping and education.||Command-line tool requiring manual setup of tools, but providing the greatest degree of flexibility.|
Recently updated documentation
- A new section for the bare metal profile, including moving Mbed 2 applications to bare metal and porting targets from Mbed 2.
- We've grouped our API references with the relevant tutorials and configuration information so you can work on a feature from start to finish in a single area of the docs.
- Updated information about serial communication with your development board and using printf() to debug.
- A list of deprecated APIs and their replacements.
- Updates to setting up Mbed OS programs, build tools and debugging and testing.
- New API references for BufferedSerial and UnbufferedSerial.
- A guide to porting a custom board.
- A porting guide for the static pin map extension.