How to Install FTDI Drivers

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Contributors: Paul Smith
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Windows - Quick and Easy

Note: The screen shots in this tutorial are from Windows 7. The process should be very similar for other versions of Windows. The exception to this is Windows 8. For instructions on how to disable device driver signatures, please visit this tutorial.

Note for Educators: You will most likely need to obtain administrative privileges from your network or IT administrator in order to install these drivers.

  1. By default, windows does not have FTDI drivers installed. If you plug in your FTDI, open the Arduino IDE, go to ‘Tools -> Serial Ports’, and see nothing, you need the drivers! Let’s go get them!

    No Serial Ports

  2. Download the FTDI Driver here.

  3. Choose ‘Run,’ once it is has finished downloading, or find the file you just downloaded ‘CMD_v2.12.00_WHQL_Certified.exe’ and double-click it to run it.

    Choose The Run Option

  4. Choose ‘Extract,’ and continue through the installation until it finishes.

    Extract Files

  5. If everything was successful, you should see some nice green check marks, indicating success! Note: You may need administrator privileges on your machine in order for this to run properly. If things didn’t work out, try the next section of this tutorial: Windows - In Depth.

    Finish Installation

  6. Open up the Arduino IDE, and go to ‘Tools -> Serial Port’. If you now have a COM port, congratulations! Again, if something went wrong, either retry this tutorial or give Windows - In Depth a try!

Success