GNU binutils

Release date: 
Tuesday, 15 January, 2019



The GNU binutils are a collection of binary tools for GCC. The main ones are:

  • ld - the GNU linker.
  • as - the GNU assembler.

And other utilities:

  • addr2line - Converts addresses into filenames and line numbers.
  • ar - A utility for creating, modifying and extracting from archives.
  • c++filt - Filter to demangle encoded C++ symbols.
  • dlltool - Creates files for building and using DLLs.
  • gold - A new, faster, ELF only linker, still in beta test.
  • gprof - Displays profiling information.
  • nlmconv - Converts object code into an NLM.
  • nm - Lists symbols from object files.
  • objcopy - Copies and translates object files.
  • objdump - Displays information from object files.
  • ranlib - Generates an index to the contents of an archive.
  • readelf - Displays information from any ELF format object file.
  • size - Lists the section sizes of an object or archive file.
  • strings - Lists printable strings from files.
  • strip - Discards symbols.
  • windmc - A Windows compatible message compiler.
  • windres - A compiler for Windows resource files.
This software is distributed in two modes:
  • as compressed package that you have to download and manually install; if prerequisites are required, you will have to manually install them too;
  • as RPM package; you can install it using your favorite rpm package manager, that will take care to download and install both the software and its prerequisites.
Choose the installation mode that you prefer. Please note that not all the versions are available in both the installation modes.

Installation with rpm

This program is installable using the rpm package manager. See below for the install string. Required prerequisites are automatically processed by the package manager and, if needed, downloaded and installed.

binutils-2.33.1-1.oc00 (20/12/2019)
Repository: Netlabs stable
changelog * Tue Jan 15 2019 Dmitriy Kuminov <> 2.27-3 - Restore installation of libiberty.a (broken by 2.25-1). - Install all libibetry headers.
binutils-debuginfo-2.33.1-1.oc00 (20/12/2019)
Repository: Netlabs stable
binutils-devel-2.33.1-1.oc00 (20/12/2019)
Repository: Netlabs stable (note: development files, not needed by the end user)
Notes on enabling maintainer mode Note that if you configure with --enable-maintainer-mode, you will need special versions of automake, autoconf, libtool and gettext. You will find the sources for these in the respective upstream directories: The required versions of the tools for this tree are autoconf 2.64 automake 1.11 libtool 2.2.6 gettext 0.14.5 Note - "make distclean" does not work with maintainer mode enabled. The Makefiles in the some of the po/ subdirectories depend upon the Makefiles in their parent directories, and distclean will delete the Makefiles in the parent directories before running the Makefiles in the child directories. There is no easy way around this (short of changing the automake macros) as these dependencies need to exist in order to correctly build the NLS files. 2016-06-28 Walter Lee <> * (tilepro-*-*): Add gdb to noconfigdirs. * configure: Regenerate. 2016-05-28 Alan Modra <> * Makefile.tpl (configure): Depend on m4 files included. * Regenerate. 2016-05-27 Nick Clifton <> * config.guess (Alpha OSF1): Fix typo introduced during the most recent synchronization update. 2016-05-23 Nick Clifton <> * Import these patches from the gcc mainline: 2016-05-16 Jakub Sejdak <> * config.guess: Import version 2016-04-02 (newest). * config.sub: Import version 2016-05-10 (newest). 2016-04-19 Nick Clifton <> * Import this patch from the GCC mainline: 2016-04-13 Segher Boessenkool <> PR bootstrap/70173 * Makefile.tpl (local-distclean): Delete the libcc1, gnattools, and gotools directories. Delete the stage_final file. * Regenerate. 2016-03-17 Cary Coutant <> * Add mips and s390 to the gold target check. * configure: Regenerate. 2016-02-10 Nick Clifton <> Import these patches from the GCC mainline: 2016-01-12 Andris Pavenis <> * Enable LTO for DJGPP * configure: Regenerate 2016-01-24 Mikhail Maltsev <> PR bootstrap/69329 * Makefile.tpl (BASE_FLAGS_TO_PASS): Add LSAN_OPTIONS. * Regenerate. 2016-01-25 Aditya Kumar <> Sebastian Pop <> * Regenerate. * Makefile.tpl: Export ISLVER. * configure: Regenerate. * config/isl.m4: Detect isl-0.15. 2016-01-29 Sebastian Pop <> * config/isl.m4: Add comments about isl-0.16. * configure: Regenerate.

Manual installation

Program is distributed as ZIP package: download to temporary directory and unpack to destination folder, better if in path. See below for download link(s).

Following ones are the download links for manual installation:

GNU binutils v. 2.25 (8/1/2015, Paul Smedley (Smedles))  local copy
GNU binutils v. 2.23.2 (7/9/2013, Paul Smedley (Smedles))  local copy
GNU binutils v. 2.9.1 (Utility, 14/6/1999, Andrew Zabolotny) Readme/What's new
GNU binary utilites version 2.9.1 (precompiled binaries) Requires EMX 0.9d
GNU binutils v. 2.9.1 (Documentation, 14/6/1999, Andrew Zabolotny) Readme/What's new
GNU binary utilites version 2.9.1 documentation converted to .INF
Record updated last time on: 02/01/2021 - 15:24

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