This guide is for v4.6 and later for the recorder and for use with FreeRTOS version 7.3 or later.

  1. Copy the files into your project. The folder structure is a bit different depending on if the code is copied from the Tracealyzer installation directory or from the official git repository.

    • If the code is copied from the installation directory of Tracealyzer all files should be copied from the selected RTOS folder and the include and config subfolders.

    • If the code is copied from the git repository all c and h files should be copied into your project from the folders described below.

    Git folder structure.
     /kernelports/selected RTOS
     /kernelports/selected RTOS/config
     /kernelports/selected RTOS/include

    File structure with every h file in one config and one include folder.

  2. Make sure to add the path to the h files to the compilers “include paths” so the compiler can find them. This step is different depending on your development environment.


    Include options for an project in STM32CubeIDE.

  3. In trcConfig.h set TRC_CFG_HARDWARE_PORT to the architecture used. For some hardware ports an #include of the processors header file needs to be done by replacing the row #error "Trace Recorder: Please include your processor's header file here and remove this line.". If the error line is removed and your project compiles the header file isn’t needed. All available hardware ports can be found at the bottom of trcDefines.h.


    An example with a STM32 L4 Cortex-M device.

  1. TRC_CFG_FREERTOS_VERSION needs to be set in trcKernelPortConfig.h.

  2. In FreeRTOSConfig.h configUSE_TRACE_FACILITY needs to be set to 1 and #include "trcRecorder.h" needs to be included at the end of the file as described below.

    How to include trcRecorder.h with different compilers.
     /* Integrates the Tracealyzer recorder with FreeRTOS */
     #if ( configUSE_TRACE_FACILITY == 1 )
         #include "trcRecorder.h"
     /* Note: Since FreeRTOSConfig.h is also included from some FreeRTOS assembly files,
     depending on your IDEs you may need to use a conditional include, like in the examples below.*/
     /* IAR Embedded Workbench */
     #ifndef __IASMARM__
         #if ( configUSE_TRACE_FACILITY == 1 )
                 #include "trcRecorder.h"
     /* Microchip MPLAB X IDE */
     #ifndef __LANGUAGE_ASSEMBLY
         #if ( configUSE_TRACE_FACILITY == 1 )
                 #include "trcRecorder.h"

    An example of the include of trcRecorder.h

6. Call xTraceEnable(TRC_START) in your main function to initialize and start the recorder. This must be done after the initial hardware setup, but before any RTOS objects (tasks etc.) have been created. Optionally, xTraceInitialize() can be used to only initialize the trace system and then xTraceEnable() can be used later when appropriate. Other start options for xTraceEnable are described in trcRecorder.h.


xTraceEnable is called right after the system clocks has been initiated.

  1. Configure the project for snapshot or streaming as mentioned below.


    For hardware ports that uses the same time source as FreeRTOS tick interrupt (for example the hardware port for Pic32/24 and Cortex-A9) xTraceInitialize() needs to be called in the main function before any RTOS objects are created. Then xTraceEnable() needs to be called after the kernel has started. This ensures that the clock used for timestamps have been correctly configured by FreeRTOS.

Snapshot Trace

In snapshot tracing, the trace data is stored in a local RAM buffer on the target device, that later can be read from the host. The recorder can be configured to stop when the buffer is full or overwrite the start when the buffer is full.

  1. Copy the files from the RingBuffer folder, located in the streamports folder, into your project. Make sure to include all .c files and the header files from the Config and Include folders.

  2. For FreeRTOS make sure TRC_CFG_RECORDER_MODE is set to TRC_RECORDER_MODE_STREAMING in trcKernelPortConfig.h. As of v4.6 this is the default mode, and (despite the name) it supports both streaming and snapshots.

  3. For streamport-specific settings see trcStreamPortConfig.h

    • TRC_CFG_STREAM_PORT_BUFFER_SIZE decides the size of the trace buffer that is stored in RAM.


Now the project should compile and write the data to the ring buffer, from which snapshots can be made when the target is halted.

Note that the “Snapshot Mode” mentioned in trcKernelPortConfig.h (TRC_RECORDER_MODE_SNAPSHOT) refers to a legacy solution that limited to snapshot tracing only. This mode is deprecated and is no longer recommended for new projects.

The default and recommended setting is “Streaming Mode” which allows for both streaming and snapshot trace by selecting different stream ports. The RingBuffer stream port provides snapshot tracing support.

Reading a snapshot

There are a few ways to read a snapshot. More information is found in the Tracealyzer User Manual, but for convenience we provide two examples below - the Percepio plugins for Eclipse and MLAB X IDE. But basically you can use any method to save the contents of the RAM buffer to a .hex file or .bin file, and simply open the dump in Tracealyzer.

The Eclipse plugin can be found on Eclipse Marketplace. This plugin will work for most versions of Eclipse. After the plugin has been installed the Percepio option can be found in the toolbar. To save a snapshot, start a debugging session, halt the application and then select Percepio -> Save Snapshot.


The preference menu for the Percepio plugin.

The MPLAB x plugin can be downloaded here then it can be installed following these instructions. To save a snapshot first open the Tracealyzer plugin by going to Tools -> Embedded -> Tracealyzer Export Plugin. Then start a debugging session, halt it, and press the “Save Trace” button.


A view of the MPLAB X plugin.


Streaming is a method where the trace data are offloaded from the target continuously, this means that a streaming trace can run for hours or even days depending on the setup. The different streaming methods included can be found in the stream ports folder. If there are no stream ports available that works with the target and/or application a custom stream port can be made, as long as an interface with high enough bandwidth is used.

Follow the below steps to integrate a stream port:

  1. Copy the files from the selected stream port into the project.


The different stream ports that are included.

  1. For FreeRTOS make sure TRC_CFG_RECORDER_MODE is set to TRC_RECORDER_MODE_STREAMING in trcKernelPortConfig.h.

  2. For stream port specific settings see trcStreamPortConfig.h

Now the project should compile and streaming can be started using the selected interface.