STM32F103 SPL Tutorial 1 – Create a New Project in Keil uVision IDE


STM32F103 is an STMicroelectronics’s 32-bit microcontroller based on the ARM Cortex-M3 processor. The processor clock speed is up to 72MHz. It has 64 Kbytes of flash memory and 20 Kbytes of SRAM. There are several development boards for this microcontroller available on the market. In this tutorial, I will use this development board. It has 40 pins that fit into breadboard. It has 2× 12-bit ADCs, 7× timers, and Up to 9 communication interfaces (3× USART, 2× I2C, 2× SPI, 1× CAN, 1× USB).


ST-Link v2 and Keil uVision5

ST-Link v2 is an in-circuit debugger and programmer for the STM8 and STM32 microcontroller families. There are 2 types of ST-Link, the original version and the clone version. For the IDE, I will use Keil uVision5. The evaluation version of Keil uVision5 has 32 Kbytes code limitation, but for learning purpose it is enough. You can download Keil uVision5 for MDK ARM from here. After that, you have to download MDK5 Software Packs (libraries) for this microcontroller from here.


Create a New Project

Before you can create a new project in Keil, you must install the Software Packs. You can install it by clicking Pack Installer icon on toolbar. In the Pack Installer dialog you can select menu File → Import, and then select the Software Pack (the .pack file).

Install pack

To create a new project, go to Project → New uVision Project, give a name for that project, and then select your microcontroller (STM32F103C8). After that, you can select which peripheral library that you want to use, then click the Resolve button.

Select library

Build the Project

In the project window, you can rename the Target 1 and Source Group 1 folder to STM32F103C8 and Source respectively. Right click on Source folder then click Add New Item to Group menu. Select the .c file and give a name for that file (for example main.c). You can write your code in main.c file. You can build the project by clicking Build icon from toolbar or press F7. Your Built Output should contain zero error.

Main window

Download the Code

After you build the project successfully, then you can download the code into the microcontroller. To do that, you need to configure the ST-Link settings by clicking Options for Target icon. In the Debug tab, select ST-Link Debugger and click Settings button. Set the properties in Cortex-M Target Driver Setup dialog like this:

ST-Link settings 1

Check the Reset and Run option, so the microcontroller will run the program after the download process finished. If you not check this option, then you have to press the reset button to run the program.

ST-Link settings 2

After the settings for ST-Link have been configured properly, you can start flash the microcontroller, by pressing Download icon from toolbar. You can also debug the program from menu Debug → Start/Stop Debug Session.

Go to the part 2 of the tutorial.

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