# Setting up a development environment on Ubuntu 16.04 and later LTS releases

Submitted by benjamin on Wed, 2018-01-24 10:16

This guide describes how to set up a development environment on Ubuntu 16.04 and later for working with the VESC firmware and VESC Tool. Open a terminal and follow along...

Start by updating the system and installing some required packages:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install build-essential openocd git libudev-dev qt-sdk

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-gcc-arm-embedded/ppa

press Y, enter, then

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gcc-arm-embedded

now add udev rules to use the stlink v2 programmer without beeing root

wget vedder.se/Temp/49-stlinkv2.rules
sudo udevadm trigger

At this point you should be able to clone the firmware from github, build it and upload it. Let's give it a try

git clone https://github.com/vedderb/bldc.git vesc_firmware
cd vesc_firmware
make

by default this will build firmware for hardware version 6. To change the hardware version, open conf_general.h and change it to use the hardware version that you have. For example, for HW 4.12 it should look like this

/*
* Select only one hardware version
*/
#if !defined(HW_VERSION_40) && !defined(HW_VERSION_45) && !defined(HW_VERSION_46) && \
!defined(HW_VERSION_48) && !defined(HW_VERSION_49) && !defined(HW_VERSION_410) && \
!defined(HW_VERSION_60) && !defined(HW_VERSION_R2) && !defined(HW_VERSION_VICTOR_R1A) && \
!defined(HW_VERSION_DAS_RS) && !defined(HW_VERSION_PALTA) && !defined(HW_VERSION_RH) && \
!defined(HW_VERSION_TP)
//#define HW_VERSION_40
//#define HW_VERSION_45
//#define HW_VERSION_46 // Also for 4.7
//#define HW_VERSION_48
//#define HW_VERSION_49
#define HW_VERSION_410 // Also for 4.11 and 4.12
//#define HW_VERSION_60
//#define HW_VERSION_R2
//#define HW_VERSION_VICTOR_R1A
//#define HW_VERSION_DAS_RS
//#define HW_VERSION_PALTA
//#define HW_VERSION_RH
//#define HW_VERSION_TP
#endif

there are also many other options that can be changed in conf_general.h. To rebuild the firmware after the changes, run

make

now connect the stlink v2 programmer, connect power from a lab power supply and try to upload the firmware

make upload

It should say verified ok towards the end if everything went well.

# VESC Tool

In order to build VESC Tool you need a recent version of the Qt SDK. Go to https://www.qt.io/download and get Qt Open Source. You should get a file called something like qt-unified-linux-x64-3.0.2-online.run. Set the executable flag of the file and install it as root to get a system-wide installation

cd Downloads
chmod +x qt-unified-linux-x64-3.0.2-online.run
sudo ./qt-unified-linux-x64-3.0.2-online.run

follow the instructions to finish the installation. You might also need the following packages:

sudo apt install mesa-common-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libglu1-mesa-dev


At this point you should be able to clone the source code for VESC Tool and build it.

git clone https://github.com/vedderb/vesc_tool.git vesc_tool

It is recommended to open the project file from Qt Creator (which you should have after the previous step) and build the project from there. Instructions for building the android version will be added later.

Downloading Qt is harder than you would think as by default it isn't downloaded when following the download instructions. The installer has a page with checkbuttons to pick what to download. You have to go down within the Qt box (Not the previews one) which looks like it has already been selected, and then somewhere in there select Qt 5.10...

That may have slowed me down a bit this morning...

### Qt libraries

One more step should be added concerning the kit build and run kit.

By default I had another version that didn't work.

For beginners, it can be confusing.

### gl error

Ubuntu 18-04

I have compiled with qt 5.11.1 and 5.10.1 but i got some error with non existing GL.h

Following packages will fix this error.

sudo apt-get install mesa-common-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libglu1-mesa-dev

### Vesc doesn't work after "make upload"

Good mornig,

I'm trying to compile the latest version of vesc firmware. I've an old 4.12 version. After changing the hardware version and uploading the firmware nothing work, vesc is not recognized by vesc-tool. I've seen that there are substantial modification also in conf_general.h, like there no exist more #define HW_VERSION but instead HW_SOURCE and HW_HEADER, so: there are other modification in conf_general that i must make in order to properly config my vesc?

Thank you
Elia

### Project ERROR: Unknown module(s) in QT: serialbus

I have spent hours trying to figure out how to compile the vesc-tool for my android. It keeps giving me an error saying that it cant find the serialbus module when opening the .pro file. A google search came up with one answer that didnt work. I am running Qt 5.10.1. I also tried 5.12 and 5.13. neither worked. If anyone knows how to fix this, (or even a VM of everything) any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Andrew Cline

Andrew Cline