Chapter 3

Downloading and Installing Arduino

In This Chapter

arrow Obtaining and installing the Arduino software

arrow Getting a feel for the Arduino environment

Before you can start working with the Arduino board, you need to install the software for it. This is similar to the software on your home computer, laptop, tablet, or phone: It’s required to make use of your hardware.

The Arduino software is a type of an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). This is a tool that is common in software development and allows you to write, test, and upload programs. Versions of Arduino software are available for Windows, Macintosh OS X, and Linux.

In this chapter, you find out where to obtain the software for the platform you’re using, and I walk you through the steps for downloading and installing it. Also in this chapter is a brief tour of the environment in which you develop your Arduino programs.

Installing Arduino

This section talks you through installing the Arduino environment on your platform of choice. These instructions are specifically for installation using an Arduino Uno R3, but work just as well for previous boards, such as the Mega2560, Duemilanove, Mega, or Diecimila. The only difference may be the drivers needed for the Windows installations.

Installing Arduino for Windows

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