Mbed OS

Make your next idea a success with Arm Mbed OS, an open source, easy-to-use operating system for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Mbed OS includes all the features you need to develop a connected product quickly based on an Arm Cortex-M microcontroller, including security, storage, connectivity, an RTOS, device management and drivers for sensors and I/O devices.

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Mbed OS Features


Necessary libraries are included automatically on your device, allowing you to concentrate on writing application code.


Multilayer security helps to protect your IoT solution, from isolated security domains through to Mbed TLS for secure communications.


We give you a wide range of communications options with drivers for Bluetooth Low Energy, 6LoWPAN, Mobile IoT (LPWA), Ethernet and WiFi.

Toolchain and IDE support

Mbed Studio

Develop and debug on Mac, Windows and Linux in our desktop IDE.


Mbed OS is tested across Arm Compiler 6, GCC and IAR compiler and Mbed projects can be built using these toolchains with Mbed CLI.


Developers who have projects based on older versions of Mbed can use Mbed OS 6.0. Projects can also be exported for use in other IDEs, such as Keil MDK.

Mbed OS Connectivity

A broad range of connectivity options are available in Mbed OS, supported with software libraries, development hardware, tutorials and examples.

Bluetooth LE







6LoWPAN Sub-GHz Mesh

Features and benefits of Mbed OS

Device and Component Support

With support for Mbed OS on a wide range of Arm Cortex-M based devices, developers can prototype IoT applications quickly on low-cost development boards.

Simple USB drag and drop programming allows you to rapidly prototype without the need for expensive debug hardware.

Real Time Software Execution

With an RTOS core based on the widely used open-source CMSIS-RTOS RTX, Mbed OS supports deterministic, multithreaded real time software execution. The RTOS primatives are always available, allowing drivers and applications to rely on features such as threads, semaphores and mutexes.

Open Source

Released under an Apache 2.0 licence, you can use Mbed OS in commercial and personal projects with confidence.

Ease of Use

With a modular libary structure, the necessary underlying support for your application will be automatically included on your device.

By using the Mbed OS API, your application code can remain clean, portable and simple, whilst taking advantage of security and communications.

We provide a huge range of code examples that you can import into your own projects, demonstrating how to use each of the APIs.


The Mbed community allows contribution and collaboration between Arm, hundreds of partners, and thousands of developers all over the world.

End to End Security

We address security in device hardware, software, communication and in the lifecycle of the device itself:

Hardware Enforced Security The combination of PSA Certified systems, hardware-enforced isolation with TrustZone technology and reference software from the Trusted Firmware-M project enable you to develop and deploy secure devices with Mbed OS.

Communications Security We take SSL and TLS, the standard protocols for securing communications on the internet, and allow you to include them in your Mbed project with a simple API.

Drivers and Support Libraries

Driver support for a wide range of standard MCU peripherals is included in Mbed OS. This includes digital and analog IO, interrupts, port and bus IO, PWM, I2C, SPI and serial.

The C libraries of each supported toolchain are also integrated into Mbed OS, including implementation of thread safety support.

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