The Yocto Project

Training Fee: 2.290 Euro plus VAT tax
Dates and Booking

The Yocto Project - A Summary

The Yocto-Project (YP) represents an Open-Source-Project which provides templates, tools and modes to generate Embedded Products independent of Linux based systems and their hardware architecture. Even experienced GNU/Linux-users don’t know how to accommodated their work flow to YP and whether
they need it. This seminar will give answers and shows the most important elements which define the Yocto Project.

The seminar’s aim is the imparting of the required essentials on base of existing knowledge in GNU and Linux. As fundamental you should at least took the seminar Embedded Linux in theory and experienced. Also an advantage would be knowledge in GNU and/or Linux.

This training is also available in German: Das Yocto Projekt - ein Überblick

Target Group

The workshop is aimed at software-, development-, system engineers, testers, administrators, engineers
and other parties interested in the YP, with a solid knowledge of Embedded GNU/Linux.


  • Basic familiarity with using a GNU/Linux system (e.g. Ubuntu) as an end user in user space
  • Basic familiarity with a command line shell
  • Basic knowledge of user/kernel space programming with GNU/Linux
  • Intermediate C programming knowledge

Training Content

Day 1: Basics

  • Introduction in the History of Unix/Linux, Standards
  • Embedded Specifics: Embedded Linux vs. Desktop Linux, Cross-/Native tool chains, Build-systems, C-libraries
  • Eval Board
  • Introduction in the Yocto Project
  • The Yocto auto builder

Day 2: The YP-Work flow and Bitbake

  • Configurations and sources
  • Building processes: source fetching, patching, configure, compile, install, Pseudo, examples of recipes,
    Output Analysis/Packaging, image and SDK generation
  • Customizing images: Intro, local.conf, IMAGEFEATURES, custom .bb files and package groups
  • Bitbake’s history and syntax
  • Bitbake Debugging:
    - Debug Level
    - Finding recipes/images/package groups
    - BitBake environment/tasks/logging
    - Build/force specific task cleansstate, stamp invalid explanation, Devshell
    - Dependence-Explorer
    - BitBake with graphic wrapper

Day 3: Layers, Kernel and Application Development Toolkit (ADT)

  • Layers Intro, Bitbake-layers tool, Yocto-layer tool
  • Board Support Package (BSP) Intro, system development workflow, developer’s handbook (bsp-tool)
  • Kernel Intro, workflow system development, Kernel’s developer handbook (defconfig,
    defconfig + configuration fragment, in tree kmod, out of tree kmod, fdt)
  • Application Development Toolkit (ADT) Intro, Cross-Development tool chain, Sysroot, ADT-Eclipse
    Yocto plug-in, the QEMU emulator, user space tools
  • Install ADT and tool chains (to use ADT-Installer Cross-tool chain tarball)

Day 4: Debugging, Tracing and Profiling

  • Debugging: gdb, gdb Remote-Debugging, (gdb Remote) Debugging with Eclipse, (remote) perform
    with Eclipse
  • Tracing and Profiling: perf, gprof, gcov, strace, race, systemtap, oprofile, LTTng + Eclipse (data visualization)
  • Package management : working with packages, IPK, creating a package-feed, Installation of software
    suit with opkg on hardware
  • Licensing, adding a customized license, Open-Source-License-Compliance
  • Devtool, demonstrating the creation of meta-layers for a real project (meta-cfengine)

Methods and Training Materials

Lecture and practical examples with host (laptops with Ubuntu 14.04.x LTS) and target system (e.g. Beagle
Bone Black Rev.C -
The devices will be provided during the training.
You receive a reference- and workbook, one Beagle Bone Black Rev. C plus one standard FTDI 3.3 V to
USB cable. After the training you will get access to a download link with an already prepared Docker image
and examples.


Robert Berger