Chapter 1. Clang and LLVM Toolset

1.1. About Clang and LLVM Toolset

Clang and LLVM Toolset is a Red Hat offering for developers on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform, available as a Technology Preview. It provides the LLVM compiler infrastructure framework, the Clang compiler for the C and C++ languages, the LLDB debugger, and related tools for code analysis.

Clang and LLVM Toolset is distributed as a part of Red Hat Developer Tools for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Important

Clang and LLVM Toolset is available as a Technology Preview. See the Technology Preview Features Support Scope for more details.

Libraries in Clang and LLVM Toolset provide no ABI compatibility with past or future releases.

Customers deploying Clang and LLVM Toolset are encouraged to provide feedback to Red Hat.

The following components are available as a part of Clang and LLVM Toolset:

Table 1.1. Clang and LLVM Toolset Components

NameVersionDescription

clang

5.0.1

A LLVM compiler front-end for C and C++.

lldb

5.0.1

A debugger using portions of LLVM.

CMake

3.6.2

A build management system.

compiler-rt

5.0.1

Runtime libraries for LLVM.

llvm

5.0.1

A collection of modular and reusable compiler and toolchain technologies.

libomp

5.0.1

A library for utilization of Open MP API specification for parallel programming.

python-lit

0.5.1

A Software testing tool for LLVM- and Clang-based test suites.

1.2. Compatibility

Clang and LLVM Toolset is available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions 7.3 and 7.4 on the following architectures:

  • The 64-bit Intel and AMD architectures
  • The 64-bit ARM architecture
  • The IBM Power Systems architecture
  • The little-endian variant of IBM Power Systems architecture
  • The IBM Z Systems architecture

1.3. Getting Access to Clang and LLVM Toolset

Clang and LLVM Toolset is an offering that is distributed as a part of the Red Hat Developer Tools content set, which is available to customers with deployments of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. To install Clang and LLVM Toolset, enable the Red Hat Developer Tools and Red Hat Software Collections repositories by using the Red Hat Subscription Management and add the Red Hat Developer Tools key to your system.

  1. Enable the rhel-7-variant-devtools-rpms repository:

    # subscription-manager repos --enable rhel-7-variant-devtools-rpms

    Replace variant with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux system variant (server or workstation).

    Note

    We recommend developers to use Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for access to the widest range of development tools.

  2. Enable the rhel-variant-rhscl-7-rpms repository:

    # subscription-manager repos --enable rhel-variant-rhscl-7-rpms

    Replace variant with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux system variant (server or workstation).

  3. Add the Red Hat Developer Tools key to your system:

    # cd /etc/pki/rpm-gpg
    # wget -O RPM-GPG-KEY-redhat-devel https://www.redhat.com/security/data/a5787476.txt
    # rpm --import RPM-GPG-KEY-redhat-devel

Once the subscription is attached to the system and repositories enabled, you can install Red Hat Clang and LLVM Toolset as described in Section 1.4, “Installing Clang and LLVM Toolset”.

Additional Resources

1.4. Installing Clang and LLVM Toolset

Clang and LLVM Toolset is distributed as a collection of RPM packages that can be installed, updated, uninstalled, and inspected by using the standard package management tools that are included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Note that a valid subscription that provides access to the Red Hat Developer Tools content set is required in order to install Clang and LLVM Toolset on your system. For detailed instructions on how to associate your system with an appropriate subscription and get access to Clang and LLVM Toolset, see Section 1.3, “Getting Access to Clang and LLVM Toolset”.

Important

Before installing Clang and LLVM Toolset, install all available Red Hat Enterprise Linux updates.

To install all components that are included in Clang and LLVM Toolset, install the llvm-toolset-7 package:

# yum install llvm-toolset-7

This installs all development and debugging tools, and other dependent packages to the system.

1.5. Additional Resources

A detailed description of the Clang and LLVM Toolset and all its features is beyond the scope of this book. For more information, see the resources listed below.

Online Documentation