Hello, World -- Linux kernel modules

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  • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
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Declare to be a Linux Kernel module

You don't.
By running insmod xxxx.ko, you are declaring it to be a Linux kernel module, so there's nothing special compared with normal C programs.

Life Cycle

  • module_init
  • module_exit

When a module is inserted, kernel will call module_init() in the module.
When a module is removed, kernel will call module_exit() in the module.


static int __init hello_init(void)
    printk(KERN_INFO "Hello, World!\n");
    return 0;
static void __exit hello_exit(void)
    printk(KERN_INFO "Bye!\n");


In Linux kernel, we use Makefile rather than Cmake or any other build tools.

obj-m := hello.o  
KERNELBUILD :=/lib/modules/$(shell uname -r)/build  
	make -C $(KERNELBUILD) M=$(shell pwd) modules  
	rm -rf *.o *.ko *.mod.c .*.cmd *.markers *.order *.symvers .tmp_versions


run make

Watch your dmesg

run dmesg -wH in a separate terminal

Insert module

run insmod hello.ko
You will get Hello, World! in dmesg.

Remove module

run rmmod hello
You will get Bye in dmesg.

Publish At: Author:Aiden Leong

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