Installing Arduino IDE
Downloading the Arduino IDE
You can download the Arduino IDE from their website. They have installation instructions, but we will also go over the installation process as well. Make sure you download the version that matches your operating system.
The installation procedure is fairly straightforward, but it does vary by OS. Here are some tips to help you along.
- We recommend using a computer with a full desktop operating system like Windows 7/10 (avoid Windows 8 if you can), Mac OSX, and certain flavors Linux (check the Arduino FAQ page for compatibility).
- If you are not a technical or computer savy individual and you have your choice of computers, I highly recommend using a Windows 7 or 10 computer. You will usually run into the the least issues, if any, with these operating systems.
- We do NOT recommend using a Chromebook, Netbook, tablet, phone, or the Arduino Web IDE in general. You will be responsible for troubleshooting any driver or Arduino Web IDE issues.
- As of the writing of this tutorial (updated 12-14-2018), the most recent and stable release of the Arduino IDE is version 1.8.5. We recommend using that version of the Arduino IDE; you can download the previous releases here.
- On Windows 10, we do NOT recommend installing the Arduino IDE from the app store. You may run into issues because the OS will automatically update to the most recent release of the Arduino IDE, which may have unknown bugs (like the compiler errors in versions 1.8.6 and 1.8.7).
- Raspberry Pi users with Raspbian installed should use the Linux ARM download. We do not recommend using the command line installation. It will install the oldest release of Arduino, which is useless when it comes to installing new boards definitions or libraries.
- For additional troubleshooting tips, here is a troubleshooting guide from Arduino.