cargo install imxrt1062-dma0


Rust support for the Teensy 4

by Ian McIntyre

0.1.1 (see all)License:MIT OR Apache-2.0
cargo install imxrt1062-dma0


A collection of crates for Rust development on the Teensy 4. Supports both the Teensy 4.0 and 4.1 boards.

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API Docs (master)


  • A Rust installation. Install Rust using rustup. We support the latest, stable Rust toolchain.

  • The thumbv7em-none-eabihf Rust target, which may be installed using rustup:

    rustup target add thumbv7em-none-eabihf
  • A capable objcopy for transforming Rust binaries into hex files. The documentation and tooling in the project uses the LLVM objcopy provided by cargo binutils. Install cargo binutils if you want to precisely follow this documentation.

  • To download programs to your Teensy 4, you'll need either a build of teensy_loader_cli, or the Teensy Loader Application. The latter is available with the Teensyduino add-ons.

Getting started

Use our cargo generate template, teensy4-rs-template, to bootstrap your own teensy4-rs project based on these libraries:

cargo install cargo-generate
cargo generate --git --name hello-world
cd hello-world
cargo objcopy --release -- -O ihex hello-world.hex

Download hello-world.hex to your Teensy 4!

See the Rust documentation for API information. In particular, study the imxrt-hal APIs, since the BSP forwards many of the HAL's interfaces:

cargo doc --open

Try the various examples in this project's examples directory if you'd like to test your system.

Project Structure

The project has a model similar to other embedded Rust projects. We have a custom runtime crate to support our processor and memory layout. We use a separate iMXRT register access layer (RAL) and hardware abstraction layer (HAL). The RAL and HAL are provided by the imxrt-rs project.

The main crate is a board support package (BSP), teensy4-bsp, for the Teensy 4. The BSP lets you use the Teensy 4's pins and peripherals. It also provides an implementation of the log crate, allowing users to log over USB. If you would like to develop Rust applications for the Teensy 4, start by depending on the teensy4-bsp.

The BSP depends on the these additional crates, which are part of the BSP's workspace:

  • teensy4-fcb: an FCB specific to the Teensy 4. It auto-generates the FCB using the imxrt-boot-gen crate.
  • teensy4-pins: a helper library to convert the processor's pads into the pins available on a Teensy 4.0 or 4.1 board.

See the API docs for information on runtime support and BSP features.


We welcome support! A great way to contribute is to start using the crates to develop Teensy 4 applications. Submit an issue to help us identify bugs, feature requests, or documentation gaps. See to learn about the best issue tracker for your request.

If you want to directly contribute to the teensy4-rs project, read the development guidance in


There's more C than Rust! How is this a Rust project?

There used to be more Rust code here. But today, most Rust development happens in the imxrt-rs project.

We have C sources in this project because

  • we can't easily express the equivalent Rust code on a stable compiler (runtime support)
  • we haven't written a Rust implementation to replace it (USB support)

We precompile these C sources so that our users do not need an ARM toolchain to compile the crates.

Acknowledgements and References

  • The Teensy 4 is wonderful, and that's thanks to the hard work of PJRC and friends. We can find the Teensy code used in the Arduino plugins here. The code greatly influenced this library.

  • The Rust Cortex M team, specifically the cortex-m-rt crate.


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