This isn't an in-depth tutorial, just some notes I took since I was asked a few times how to modify/compile the bossac bootloader!
The latest Arduino SAMD core is at https://github.com/arduino/ArduinoCore-samd
You can download a zip of the current snapshot or you can use git to clone the repository
Its better to do this than compile in the board-support-package location (e.g. C:\user\blah\local\arduino15) because you'll lose your changes if you update the BSP!
You'll need to have some basic command line compilation tools already installed like make - such as MSys or Cygwin (which we discuss here) or install make as a binary
Just make sure when you run make in a command line you get that it is looking for a makefile
Change into the bootloaders/zero directory
If you try to make all here and you get
fatal error: sam.h: No such file or directory
Make sure you've installed the Arduino SAM and SAMD packages through the board manager
Try make all again for success!
Before distributing, make sure to change the VID/PID in the makefile:
then run make clean and make all again to make fresh files
When you're done, you'll have two new files, samd21_sam_ba.hex and samd21_sam_ba.bin
The easiest way to do this is just replace samd21_sam_ba.bin in C:\Users\ladyada\AppData\Local\Arduino15\packages\arduino\hardware\samd\1.6.4\bootloaders\zero (or where-ever the current version of your Arduino SAMD package is with the compiled samd21_sam_ba.bin
Launch the IDE, select Arduino Zero (programming port) from the Tools->Board menu, and Atmel EDBG as the Tools->Programmer
Then select Burn Bootloader
It only takes a few seconds to burn in the bootloader:
For this, you'll need to use an Atmel Studio or adalink setup, since you're using a J-Link or stlink.
If you're using Atmel Studio, install it
Plug in your Jlink and connect it to the SWD pins. OK now you have your debugger plugged in, its good to check that it works, select Device Programming
Under Tool make sure you can select J-Link
Select ATSAMD21G18A as the device, SWD as the interface and hit Apply
You can then Read the Device Signature. Make sure this all works before you continue!
If you are asked to update the J-Link firmware, its OK to do so now.
Next click on Memories in the left hand side
Next to the Flash (256 KB) section, click the triple-dots and select the hex bootloader file generated from the previous make all
Then click Program to program it in
If you don't have Windows you can install adalink
Then run adalink -v atsamd21g181 -p jlink -h samd21_sam_ba.hex
You can also check out https://learn.adafruit.com/programming-microcontrollers-using-openocd-on-raspberry-pi if you want hints on using OpenOCD directly!