Introduction to the mbed OS 5 Handbook
Welcome to the mbed OS 5 handbook.
If you’re new to all this, continue reading.
What do you do with mbed OS?
mbed OS lets you write applications that run on embedded devices, by providing the layer that interprets your application’s code in a way the hardware can understand.
Your application code - written in C++ - uses the application programing interfaces (APIs) presented by mbed OS to receive information from the hardware and send instructions to it. This means that a lot of the challenges in getting started with microcontrollers or integrating large amounts of software is already taken care of.
Where to start
The easiest way to work with mbed OS is using one of our development tools. We’ve set up an example, Blinky, that you can try on each of the tools.
- Our offline development tool is the mbed CLI, a command line tool. This requires having a toolchain installed on your computer.
- The mbed Online Compiler lets you write and build applications using just a web browser and USB connection.
- If you’re working with third party tools, we have exporting instructions for the most popular ones.
How to continue
When you’ve tried our example and picked your work environment, it’s time to learn how mbed OS and its tools enable the features your application needs: