Join Peggy Fisher for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing the Arduino software and drivers on a Windows computer, part of Learning Arduino: The Basics.
- Let's get started by downloading 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 to run the code. The same software is gonna be used for each of the boards. This type of software is called an IDE, or, an Integrated Development Environment. The download from Arduino is a free download.
The Arduino software and the Arduino hardware are both considered open source and open hardware. On the website, go to "download". Choose your operating system. Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. For example, I'm gonna choose the Windows installer. I'm gonna choose "just download". Let's save the download to our downloads folder. And then I click "save". Okay, the download is complete.
Now I'm gonna launch the executable to install Arduino on my machine. I'm going to say yes, to allow the following program to make changes to the computer. Next I need to agree to the licence agreement. I'll click "I Agree". I'm gonna leave the default installation drive and click install. It looks like the installation is complete. I'm gonna click "close". After the installation, you can see that Arduino put a shortcut on my desktop. I can use this to launch the IDE. The install of the Arduino IDE is pretty simple.
Now that we've downloaded the Arduino IDE, we are one step closer to getting started. Before we start programming, we need to give our computer some information about the hardware we wanna use. Such as the Arduino Uno board. We need to install a driver. The good thing is, this only needs to be done once when you first start using your new board. If you're using Windows, connect the Arduino and your computer using the USB cord. I'm gonna do that now. You'll notice that the driver installation is starting.
After a few moments, the process will probably fail despite its best effort, but this is expected. Now we wanna go to Windows, and go to the device manager. In the device manager, you'll see I have an unknown device. What we need to do, is we need to provide the driver for the Arduino. So let's right-click on "unknown device", and choose "update driver software". Since I know where the driver's located, I'm gonna click on "browse my computer".
Now I'm gonna click on "browse". When Arduino was installed, it put the driver on the C drive. Under program files, Arduino. You'll see there's a folder for drivers. I'm gonna click on that, and I'm gonna click "okay". Do not choose the FTDI USB drivers. Now I'm gonna click on "next". Okay, now Windows has successfully updated my driver software.
I'm gonna click "close", I'm gonna close my device manager, and now I'm ready to go. Okay, we have the IDE, we have the drivers installed, let's get started on programming.
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