9.150 Predefined macros

The ARM compiler predefines a number of macros. These macros provide information about toolchain version numbers and compiler options.

The following table lists the macro names predefined by the ARM compiler for C and C++. Where the value field is empty, the symbol is only defined.

Table 9-21 Predefined macros

Name Value When defined
__arm__ -
Always defined for the ARM compiler, even when you specify the --thumb option.
See also __ARMCC_VERSION.
__ARMCC_VERSION ver
Always defined. It is a decimal number, and is guaranteed to increase between releases. The format is PVVbbbb where:
  • P is the major version
  • VV is the minor version
  • bbbb is the build number.

Note

Use this macro to distinguish between ARM Compiler 4.1 or later, and other tools that define __arm__.
__APCS_INTERWORK -
When you specify the --apcs /interwork option or set the target processor architecture to ARMv5T or later.
__APCS_ROPI -
When you specify the --apcs /ropi option.
__APCS_RWPI -
When you specify the --apcs /rwpi option.
__APCS_FPIC -
When you specify the --apcs /fpic option.
__ARRAY_OPERATORS - In C++ compiler mode, to specify that array new and delete are enabled.
__BASE_FILE__ name
Always defined. Similar to __FILE__, but indicates the primary source file rather than the current one (that is, when the current file is an included file).
__BIG_ENDIAN - If compiling for a big-endian target.
_BOOL -
In C++ compiler mode, to specify that bool is a keyword.
__cplusplus - In C++ compiler mode.
__CC_ARM 1
Always set to 1 for the ARM compiler, even when you specify the --thumb option.
__DATE__ date Always defined.
__EDG__ -
Always defined.
__EDG_IMPLICIT_USING_STD -
In C++ mode when you specify the --using_std option.
__EDG_VERSION__ -
Always set to an integer value that represents the version number of the Edison Design Group (EDG) front-end. For example, version 3.8 is represented as 308.

Note

The version number of the EDG front-end does not necessarily match the version number of the ARM compiler toolchain.
__EXCEPTIONS 1
In C++ mode when you specify the --exceptions option.
__FEATURE_SIGNED_CHAR -
When you specify the --signed_chars option (used by CHAR_MIN and CHAR_MAX).
__FILE__ name Always defined as a string literal.
__FP_FAST -
When you specify the --fpmode=fast option.
__FP_FENV_EXCEPTIONS -
When you specify the --fpmode=ieee_full or --fpmode=ieee_fixed options.
__FP_FENV_ROUNDING -
When you specify the --fpmode=ieee_full option.
__FP_IEEE -
When you specify the --fpmode=ieee_full, --fpmode=ieee_fixed, or --fpmode=ieee_no_fenv options.
__FP_INEXACT_EXCEPTION -
When you specify the --fpmode=ieee_full option.
__IMPLICIT_INCLUDE -
When you specify the --implicit_include option.
__LINE__ num Always set. It is the source line number of the line of code containing this macro.
__MODULE__ mod
Contains the filename part of the value of __FILE__.
__MULTIFILE - When you explicitly or implicitly use the --multifile option.a
__OPTIMISE_LEVEL num
Always set to 2 by default, unless you change the optimization level using the -Onum option.a
__OPTIMISE_SPACE -
When you specify the -Ospace option.
__OPTIMISE_TIME -
When you specify the -Otime option.
__OPTIMIZE__ -
When -O1, -O2, or -O3 is specified in GNU mode.
__OPTIMIZE_SIZE__ -
When -Ospace is specified in GNU mode.
__PLACEMENT_DELETE - In C++ mode to specify that placement delete (that is, an operator delete corresponding to a placement operator new, to be called if the constructor throws an exception) is enabled. This is only relevant when using exceptions.
__RTTI - In C++ mode when RTTI is enabled.
__sizeof_int 4
For sizeof(int), but available in preprocessor expressions.
__sizeof_long 4
For sizeof(long), but available in preprocessor expressions.
__sizeof_ptr 4
For sizeof(void *), but available in preprocessor expressions.
__SOFTFP__ -
If compiling to use the software floating-point calling standard and library. Set when you specify the --fpu=softvfp option for ARM or Thumb, or when you specify --fpu=softvfp+vfpv2 for Thumb.
__STDC__ - In all compiler modes.
__STDC_VERSION__ - Standard version information.
__STRICT_ANSI__ -
When you specify the --strict option.
__SUPPORT_SNAN__ - Support for signalling NaNs when you specify --fpmode=ieee_fixed or --fpmode=ieee_full.
__TARGET_ARCH_ARM num The number of the ARM base architecture of the target processor irrespective of whether the compiler is compiling for ARM or Thumb. For possible values of __TARGET_ARCH_ARM in relation to the ARM architecture versions, see the table below.
__TARGET_ARCH_THUMB num
The number of the Thumb base architecture of the target processor irrespective of whether the compiler is compiling for ARM or Thumb. The value is defined as zero if the target does not support Thumb. For possible values of __TARGET_ARCH_THUMB in relation to the ARM architecture versions, see the table below.
__TARGET_ARCH_XX -
XX represents the target architecture and its value depends on the target architecture. For example, if you specify the compiler options --cpu=4T or --cpu=ARM7TDMI then __TARGET_ARCH_4T is defined.
__TARGET_CPU_XX -
XX represents the target processor. The value of XX is derived from the --cpu compiler option, or the default if none is specified. For example, if you specify the compiler option --cpu=ARM7TM then __TARGET_CPU_ARM7TM is defined and no other symbol starting with __TARGET_CPU_ is defined.
If you specify the target architecture, then __TARGET_CPU_generic is defined.
If the processor name specified with --cpu is in lowercase, it is converted to uppercase. For example, --cpu=Cortex-R4 results in __TARGET_CPU_CORTEX_R4 being defined (rather than __TARGET_CPU_Cortex_R4).
If the processor name contains hyphen (-) characters, these are mapped to an underscore (_). For example, --cpu=ARM1136JF-S is mapped to __TARGET_CPU_ARM1136JF_S.
__TARGET_FEATURE_DOUBLEWORD -
ARMv5T and above.
__TARGET_FEATURE_DSPMUL - If the DSP-enhanced multiplier is available, for example ARMv5TE.
__TARGET_FEATURE_MULTIPLY -
If the target architecture supports the long multiply instructions MULL and MULAL.
__TARGET_FEATURE_DIVIDE -
If the target architecture supports the hardware divide instruction (that is, ARMv7-M or ARMv7-R).
__TARGET_FEATURE_THUMB - If the target architecture supports Thumb, ARMv4T or later.
__TARGET_FPU_xx -
One of the following is set to indicate the FPU usage:
  • __TARGET_FPU_NONE
  • __TARGET_FPU_VFP
  • __TARGET_FPU_SOFTVFP
In addition, if compiling with one of the following --fpu options, the corresponding target name is set:
  • --fpu=softvfp+vfpv2, __TARGET_FPU_SOFTVFP_VFPV2
  • --fpu=softvfp+vfpv3, __TARGET_FPU_SOFTVFP_VFPV3
  • --fpu=softvfp+vfpv3_fp16, __TARGET_FPU_SOFTVFP_VFPV3_FP16
  • --fpu=softvfp+vfpv3_d16, __TARGET_FPU_SOFTVFP_VFPV3_D16
  • --fpu=softvfp+vfpv3_d16_fp16, __TARGET_FPU_SOFTVFP_VFPV3_D16_FP16
  • --fpu=softvfp+vfpv4, __TARGET_FPU_SOFTVFP_VFPV4
  • --fpu=softvfp+vfpv4_d16, __TARGET_FPU_SOFTVFP_VFPV4_D16
  • --fpu=softvfp+fpv4-sp, __TARGET_FPU_SOFTVFP_FPV4_SP
  • --fpu=vfp, __TARGET_FPU_VFPV2
  • --fpu=vfpv2, __TARGET_FPU_VFPV2
  • --fpu=vfpv3, __TARGET_FPU_VFPV3
  • --fpu=vfpv3_fp16, __TARGET_FPU_VFPV3_FP16
  • --fpu=vfpv3_d16, __TARGET_FPU_VFPV3_D16
  • --fpu=vfpv3_d16_fp16, __TARGET_FPU_VFPV3_D16_FP16
  • --fpu=vfpv4, __TARGET_FPU_VFPV4
  • --fpu=vfpv4_d16, __TARGET_FPU_VFPV4_D16
  • --fpu=fpv4-sp, __TARGET_FPU_FPV4_SP
__TARGET_PROFILE_R   When you specify the --cpu=7-R option.
__TARGET_PROFILE_M  
When you specify any of the following options:
  • --cpu=6-M
  • --cpu=6S-M
  • --cpu=7-M
__thumb__ -
When the compiler is in Thumb state. That is, you have either specified the --thumb option on the command-line or #pragma thumb in your source code.

Note

  • The compiler might generate some ARM code even if it is compiling for Thumb.
  • __thumb and __thumb__ become defined or undefined when using #pragma thumb or #pragma arm, but do not change in cases where Thumb functions are generated as ARM code for other reasons (for example, a function specified as __irq).
__TIME__ time
Always defined.
_WCHAR_T -
In C++ mode, to specify that wchar_t is a keyword.
The following table shows the possible values for __TARGET_ARCH_THUMB, and how these values relate to versions of the ARM architecture.

Table 9-22 Thumb architecture versions in relation to ARM architecture versions

ARM architecture __TARGET_ARCH_ARM __TARGET_ARCH_THUMB
v4 4 0
v4T 4 1
v5T, v5TE, v5TEJ 5 2
v6, v6K, v6Z 6 3
v6T2 6 4
v6-M, v6S-M 0 3
v7-R 7 4
v7-M, v7E-M 0 4
Related reference
9.151 Built-in function name variables
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ARM recommends that if you have source code reliant on the __OPTIMISE_LEVEL macro to determine whether or not --multifile is in effect, you change to using__MULTIFILE.
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