Zerocat Label  v0.1.3
General Documentation for the Zerocat Label.
Parallax’ Tools for the Propeller Microcontroller

Parallax provides a bunch of tools, i.e.:

Zerocat’s Recommended Installation

This recommended installation of the buildchain tools is a two step process:

1. Download “Simple Libraries” Folder

Parallax’ recent “Simple Libraries” shall be used, please download them like...

$ wget

...and unpack the archive in /opt/parallax/. A Simple-Libraries-master subfolder will be created.

We use a snapshot as of commit c4f9a3e273002ec5e6f8b1d1ab95c14cb1823e82.
This folder is available to the chipflasher’s buildchain. See firmware/src/buildchain.cfg for current settings.

2. Installation via GNU Guix

(If not already available on your system, please install the GNU Guix Package Manager. The GNU Guix project recommends installation using the latest release binary, which can be downloaded here: The instructions are linked there too.)

The installation of Parallax’ tools for the Propeller microcontroller via GNU Guix is strongly recommended by Zerocat, for project’s buildchains are pre-configured to use GNU Guix’ installation paths. See firmware/src/buildchain.cfg and firmware/src/Startfile.cfg for current settings.

GNU Guix provides a very comfortable way to...

3. GNU Guix Version Reference

As a reference, see our output of guix --version:

$ guix --version
guix (GNU Guix) 8226304b17624b33e3c9245cd3022f0e9b7fac26
Copyright (C) 2018 the Guix authors
License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

Alternatives & Resources

“SimpleIDE 1.0 RC1” Binary Package

With this binary package, all tools are bundled together. The latest packaged release for GNU/Linux is 1.0 RC1 from 11-24-2014.

Until more recent source repositories of these tools will work, Parallax suggests to install this old binary package “SimpleIDE 1.0 RC1” as a fallback.


Please visit the SimpleIDE Download Site which provides binary packages for both, 32 and 64 bit architectures. For your convenience, we provide shortcuts here:

$ wget
$ wget

This site should guide you towards linux installation instructions as well.

Former Linux Installation Instructions

For your convenience, we provide our backup of former installation instructions, that are known to work.

Related Source Repositories

Original repositories of the first bundle release (SimpleIDE 1.0 RC1):

New Source Repositories

These are newer repositories from David Betz.

Until these repositories will work, Parallax suggests to install the old binary package “SimpleIDE 1.0 RC1” as a fallback.