Many options may be given in one of two forms: either a dash followed by a single letter, or two dashes followed by a long option name. Options are listed in alphabetical order.
Selects the target architecture. The default architecture is “x86”, which supports both the IA-32 and
derivatives and AMD64 instruction sets. To print a list of available architectures to
standard output, use “help” as
arch. See Section 1.4 for a
list of supported architectures.
Selects the output object format. The default object format is “bin”, which is a flat format binary with
no relocation. To print a list of available object formats to standard output, use
format. See Section 1.6 for a list of supported object
Selects the debugging format for debug information. Debugging information can be used
by a debugger to associate executable code back to the source file or get data structure
and type information. Available debug formats vary between different object formats;
yasm will error when an invalid combination
is selected. The default object format is selected by the object format. To print a list
of available debugging formats to standard output, use “help” as
debug. See Section 1.7 for a list of supported
Prints a summary of invocation options. All other options are ignored, and no output file is generated.
Selects the format/style of the output list file. List files typically intermix the
original source with the machine code generated by the assembler. The default list format
is “nasm”, which mimics the
NASM list file format. To print a list of available list file formats to standard output,
use “help” as
Specifies the name of the output list file. If this option is not used, no list file is generated.
Selects the target machine architecture. Essentially a subtype of the selected
architecture, the machine type selects between major subsets of an architecture. For
example, for the “x86”
architecture, the two available machines are “x86”, which is used for the IA-32 and derivative 32-bit
instruction set, and “amd64”,
which is used for the 64-bit instruction set. This differentiation is required to
generate the proper object file for relocatable object formats such as COFF and ELF. To
print a list of available machines for a given architecture to standard output, use
machine and the given architecture using
-a . See Part VI for more
Specifies the name of the output file, overriding any default name generated by Yasm.
Selects the parser (the assembler syntax). The default parser is “nasm”, which emulates the syntax of NASM,
the Netwide Assembler. Another available parser is “gas”, which emulates the syntax of GNU AS. To print a list of
available parsers to standard output, use “help” as
Section 1.5 for a list of supported
Selects the preprocessor to use on the input file before passing it to the parser.
Preprocessors often provide macro functionality that is not included in the main parser.
The default preprocessor is “nasm”, which is an imported version of the actual NASM
preprocessor. A “raw”
preprocessor is also available, which simply skips the preprocessing step, passing the
input file directly to the parser. To print a list of available preprocessors to standard
output, use “help” as
-W options have two contrary forms:
-Wno-. Only the non-default forms are shown
The warning options are handled in the order given on the command line, so if
-w is followed by
-Worphan-labels, all warnings are turned off except for orphan-labels.
This option causes Yasm to inhibit all warning messages. As discussed above, this option may be followed by other options to re-enable specified warnings.
This option causes Yasm to treat all warnings as errors. Normally warnings do not prevent an object file from being generated and do not result in a failure exit status from yasm, whereas errors do. This option makes warnings equivalent to errors in terms of this behavior.
Causes Yasm to not warn on unrecognized characters found in the input. Normally Yasm will generate a warning for any non-ASCII character found in the input file.
When using the NASM-compatible parser, causes Yasm to warn about labels found alone on a line without a trailing colon. While these are legal labels in NASM syntax, they may be unintentional, due to typos or macro definition ordering.
Selects a specific output style for error and warning messages. The default is “gnu” style, which mimics the output of gcc. The “vc” style is also available, which mimics the output of Microsoft’s Visual Studio compiler.
This option is available so that Yasm integrates more naturally into IDE environments such as Visual Studio or Emacs, allowing the IDE to correctly recognize the error/warning message as such and link back to the offending line of source code.
While these preprocessor options theoretically will affect any preprocessor, the only preprocessor currently in Yasm is the “nasm” preprocessor.
Pre-defines a single-line macro. The value is optional (if no value is given, the macro is still defined, but to an empty value).
Stops assembly after the preprocessing stage; preprocessed output is sent to the specified output name or, if no output name is specified, the standard output. No object file is produced.
path to the search path for
include files. The search path defaults to only including the directory in which the
source file resides.
filename, making it look
filename was prepended to the input.
Can be useful for prepending multi-line macros that the
Undefines a single-line macro (may be either a built-in macro or one defined earlier
in the command line with
-D (see Section 184.108.40.206).