Building CodeWarrior 10.x/KDS Project from command line

Document created by rickli Employee on Jul 15, 2015Last modified by rickli Employee on Jul 20, 2015
Version 2Show Document
  • View in full screen mode

   CodeWarrior v10.6 and KDS are integrated development tools which are based on Eclipse, these two IDEs provide easy way to build project when using the GUI, but some engineers still want to build their projects from command line to do automated builds.

This document provides examples on how to do it!


Build project in CodeWarrior from command line:

For a CW v10.6 created project, CW provides the “Make” tool and can also generate the needed “MakeFile” to build this project out of eclipse GUI.

The below are the steps:

  1. Create and new project “k22_makefile” in CW v10.6, you will see there are two build configurations: RAM & FLASH
  2. Launch “cmd prompt” in Windows and go to “eclipse” folder of CW installation

  3. Now, you can generate the makefile for configuration FLASH by executing the below command
    ecd.exe –generateMakefiles –project “C:\workspace_cmd\k22_makefile” –config FLASH

Now, checking the “FLASH” subfolder in project location, you will see “makefile” is generated.


4.To use “make” tool convenient, we can define an environment variable pointing to {CW}\gnu\bin where “make” is located. See command as below:



5. Go to the configuration folder “FLASH” where the project’s makefiles are located and run the follow commands to build the project.



PS: to get more information of make and ecd, please just run the below command:

  1. Ecd.exe –help
  2. Make.exe –help


Build project in KDS from command line:

Compare with CodeWarrior, it is much easier to build an application in command mode. KDS provides a command “eclipse.exe” with which you can build a project with only two steps.

In this example, I have created an application with name “cmd_ke02”, and the workspace path is “C:\wks_kdscmd”.

  1. To build the application in cmd, please first launch command mode in Windows system and then go to {KDS}\eclipse.
  2. Then, you need import the application into current workspace in the below command:
    eclipsec.exe -nosplash -application org.eclipse.cdt.managedbuilder.core.headlessbuild -data "C:\wks_kdscmd" -import "C:\wks_kdscmd\cmd_ke02"
  3. then, build the project with the below command:
    eclipsec.exe -nosplash -application org.eclipse.cdt.managedbuilder.core.headlessbuild -data "C:\wks_kdscmd" -build "cmd_ke02"

For more details of building project from command line in KDS, please refer: