I'm trying to write a linker script for my first firmware for STM32F103C8T6 microcontroller. I have an example script that works. What I'm trying to understand is why it works.

The linker script I have defines two memory locations:

    FLASH (rx) : ORIGIN = 0x08000000, LENGTH = 64K
    RAM (rwx)  : ORIGIN = 0x20000000, LENGTH = 32K

Official STM32 programming manual section 2.2 states that "Code" memory section starts with address 0x00000000. The next section is RAM, which is 0x20000000, just like stated in my linker script.

Where the FLASH origin value 0x08000000 comes from?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Have you got the datasheet and reference manual for your processor, the datasheet will have a memory map and show flash at 0x08000000 \$\endgroup\$
    – Colin
    Dec 25, 2017 at 19:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ Hm, indeed, the datasheet says 0x00000000 is "Aliased to Flash or system memory depending on Boot pins" \$\endgroup\$ Dec 25, 2017 at 19:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ see section 2.3.8 of this st.com/content/ccc/resource/technical/document/datasheet/33/d4/… \$\endgroup\$
    – jsotola
    Dec 25, 2017 at 20:03

2 Answers 2


The linked programming manual shows a code region starting at 0x00000000 which is 0.5GB in size. The datasheet for the part shows flash memory at 0x08000000 onwards.

0x00000000 is where the address for the initial stack pointer is, with 4bytes on being the address of the first instruction to execute.

On the stm32 the area mapped to 0x00000000 is changed based on boot pin setting to allow execution of user loaded code, or running a built in bootloader.


Apparently, the 0x08000000 value comes from the datasheet section 4. Memory region starting from 0x00000000 is "Aliased to Flash or system memory depending on Boot pins", and "Flash memory" starts from 0x08000000.


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