Installing Arduino IDE

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This tutorial will walk you through downloading, installing, and testing the Arduino software (also known as the Arduino IDE - short for Integrated Development Environment). Before you jump to the page for your operating system, make sure you've got all the right equipment.

Arduino Logo

Required Materials

To follow along with this tutorial, you will need the following materials. You may not need everything though depending on what you have. Add it to your cart, read through the guide, and adjust the cart as necessary.

  • A computer (Windows, Mac, or Linux)
  • An Arduino-compatible microcontroller (anything from this guide should work)
  • A USB A-to-B cable, or another appropriate way to connect your Arduino-compatible microcontroller to your computer (check out this USB buying guide if you're not sure which cable to get).
Arduino Uno - R3

Arduino Uno - R3

USB Cable A to B - 6 Foot

USB Cable A to B - 6 Foot


Suggested Reading

If you're new to Arduino in general, you'll want to check out this tutorial to familiarize yourself with everyone's favorite microcontroller platform.

What is an Arduino?

February 26, 2013

What is this 'Arduino' thing anyway? This tutorials dives into what an Arduino is and along with Arduino projects and widgets.

If you're ready to get started, click on the link in the column on the left that matches up with your operating system, or you can jump to your operating system here.