Join Peggy Fisher for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing the Arduino software and drivers on a Macintosh computer, part of Learning Arduino: The Basics.
- Let's get started with the download for the Mac. Make sure you get the latest version of the Arduino software from the arduino.cc website. The Arduino software includes all the components you need to write code, a text editor, compile, convert to machine language, and upload to your board, run the code. The same software is used for each of the boards. This software is called an IDE, an Integrated Development Environment. From the arduino.cc website, we'll go to Learning, Get Started.
This page contains download and installation instructions for Windows, Mac OSX, or Linux. From here, I'll choose the Mac OSX. Next, I will go to the downloads page and start my download. While that is downloading, I will go back to the getting started page for Mac OS 10. Under Section 3, Install the Software, I notice that I also need to install the drivers.
I'll go to the FTDI website, scroll down, and I'm running Mac OS 10.10, so I'm gonna choose this link 2.3. After the download finishes, we're gonna unzip the package. Now I'll drag and drop the Arduino into our Applications folder. Once we have the IDE downloaded, we still need to take care of a few more hardware issues before we can start programming. Okay, let's finish the install by opening up the FTDI USB Serial Driver.
Okay, let's walk through the installation. We'll scroll down to the Software License Agreement. Click Continue. Click Agree. I'm gonna leave the default location, so I'll click Install. Alright, it looks like the drivers are installed successfully. I'm gonna close this window. I'm going to launch Arduino. We'll plug in the Arduino Uno and load our first application.
First, I'll maximize the screen. Later in the course, we'll talk more about the code in the sketch. I just wanna point out that you wanna make sure you have the right board selected and that you have the right Comport selected. I'm gonna go ahead and plug in my Arduino. Now I'll go to Tools. Okay, we have the right board selected and our port is also selected. Now if I come back to the sketch, I'm gonna click on upload to make sure I can upload to the Arduino board. Done uploading. Looks good.
We're ready to go.
If you're new to do-it-yourself computing, start by learning how to get your Mac or Windows computer communicating with Arduino and reviewing the basics of electronic components and circuits. Then tour the most basic Arduino model, the Uno, and learn to write your first program. Peggy also reviews the five other major Arduino offerings: the Leonardo, the Yun, the Esplora, the Robot, and, for wearable tech, the LilyPad. Along the way, Peggy shows how to put your knowledge to work in several sample projects, including a Morse code translator and a light-driven music instrument.
- Installing Arduino software on Mac and Windows
- Understanding circuit diagrams
- Using a solderless breadboard
- Writing your first project for the Arduino Uno
- Programming the Arduino Leonardo
- Connecting wirelessly to the Arduino Yun
- Displaying and moving with the Arduino Esplora
- Driving with the Arduino Robot
- Sensing and adjusting light
- Creating wearable tech with Arduino LilyPad
- Troubleshooting techniques