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#2 Installing Arduino IDE

Arduino IDE
Arduino IDE

Getting a Arduino Board

  • So as discussed in previous tutorial we are now familiar with the Arduino & it’s products.
  • You must have any one of those boards with you before we actually begin, so I suggest to buy a Arduino board preferably Arduino Uno from here.
  • Assuming you have the Arduino board we can proceed with the installation of Arduino IDE on your laptop or computer.
  • This Arduino IDE works with any of the Arduino boards [ONLY ARDUINO BOARDS].

Installing the IDE

  • Now it is always suggested to use the latest version of Arduino IDE available, so you can visit the link and download the IDE suitable for your OS.
  • Click here to download.
  • Don’t download the beta version or nightly builds.
  • Windows users can download the installer [IDE will be installed automatically] or the ZIP file which contains the IDE [Just Extraction required].
  • If you have downloaded the Installer then follow the wizard and install the software.
  • For users who have downloaded the ZIP file, extract the ZIP and you are ready to use the software. [ZIP file can be used from USB Pendrive, i.e. ZIP is a portable version].
  • ZIP users are recommended to install the drivers manually, so open the Arduino 1.x.x folder and go to the drivers folder.
  • Now install dpinst-x86 for 32-bit OS & dpinst-amd64 for 64-bit OS, drivers are required so that your computer can connect with the Arduino board through USB for burning code.
  • These drivers are signed by windows, but if Win 8 users are having trouble installing drivers google about ‘Installing Third-party drivers on Win 8’.
  • Congrats you are all set to learn Arduino and get ready to do some project!

Snapshots of IDE:-

Arduino IDE Editor

This is all about setting up things, now you are all set to work on Arduino. Let’s make a checklist of what we have:-

  • Arduino Board
  • A laptop/Computer with Arduino IDE installed along with drivers.
  • A Breadboard [Assuming you have one for placing Components].
  • Resistors, capacitors, LEDs, connecting wires, etc etc….

I hope you all know this is basic stuff that we might require for an electronics project.
So get ready for the next tutorial and be ready to have hands-on experience.

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