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Branch with Link.


BL{cond}{.W} label


is an optional condition code. cond is not available on all forms of this instruction.
is an optional instruction width specifier to force the use of a 32-bit BL instruction in T32.
is a PC-relative expression.


The BL instruction causes a branch to label, and copies the address of the next instruction into LR (R14, the link register).

Instruction availability and branch ranges

The following table shows the BL instructions that are available in A32 and T32 state. Instructions that are not shown in this table are not available.

Table 13-5 BL instruction availability and range

Instruction A32 T32, 16-bit encoding T32, 32-bit encoding
BL label ±32MB ±4MB a ±16MB
BL{cond} label ±32MB - -

Extending branch ranges

Machine-level BL instructions have restricted ranges from the address of the current instruction. However, you can use these instructions even if label is out of range. Often you do not know where the linker places label. When necessary, the linker adds code to enable longer branches. The added code is called a veneer.

Condition flags

The BL instruction does not change the flags.


See the preceding table for details of availability of the BL instruction in both instruction sets.


    BLE     ng+8
    BL      subC
    BLLT    rtX

Related reference


BL label and BLX label are an instruction pair.