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Welcome to simpPRU Docs

The PRU is a dual core micro-controller system present on the AM335x SoC which powers the BeagleBone. It is meant to be used for high speed jitter free IO control. Being independent from the linux scheduler and having direct access to the IO pins of the BeagleBone Black, the PRU is ideal for offloading IO intensive tasks.

Programming the PRU is a uphill task for a beginner, since it involves several steps, writing the firmware for the PRU, writing a loader program. This can be a easy task for a experienced developer, but it keeps many creative developers away. So, I propose to implement a easy to understand language for the PRU, hiding away all the low level stuff and providing a clean interface to program PRU.

This can be achieved by implementing a language on top of PRU C. It will directly compile down to PRU C. This could also be solved by implementing a bytecode engine on the PRU, but this will result in waste of already limited resources on PRU. With this approach, both PRU cores can be run independent of each other.

What is simpPRU

  • simpPRU is a procedural programming language.
  • It is a statically typed language. Variables and functions must be assigned data types during compilation.
  • It is typesafe, and data types of variables are decided during compilation.
  • simPRU codes have a .sim extension.
  • simpPRU provides a console app to use Remoteproc functionality.


Currently this only supports am335x systems: PocketBeagle, BeagleBone Black and BeagleBone Black Wireless:

  • gcc-pru
  • gnuprumcu
  • beaglebone image with official support for remoteproc: ti-4.19+ kernel
  • config-pin utility


For Instructions head over to Installation

Build from source

For Instructions head over to Building from source


  • simppru

    simppru [OPTION...] FILE
        --device=<device_name> Select for which BeagleBoard to compile
                                (pocketbeagle, bbb, bbbwireless, bbai)
        --load                 Load generated firmware to /lib/firmware/
    -o, --output=<file>        Place the output into <file>
    -p, --pru=<pru_id>         Select which pru id (0/1) for which program is to
                                be compiled
        --verbose              Enable verbose mode (dump symbol table and ast
        --preprocess           Stop after generating the intermediate C
                                file (located at /tmp/temp.c)
    -t  --test                 Use stub functions for PRU specific functions and
                                enable the print functions, useful for testing and debugging                            
    -?, --help                 Give this help list
        --usage                Give a short usage message
    -V, --version              Print program version
    Mandatory or optional arguments to long options are also mandatory or optional
    for any corresponding short options.

    For detailed usage head to Detailed Usage

  • simppru-console


    For detailed usage head to Detailed Usage


  • For full source code of simPRU visit
  • To report a bug or start a issue visit