SparkFun Inventor's Kit Experiment Guide - v4.1

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Install the Arduino IDE and SIK Code

The following steps are a basic overview of getting started with the Arduino IDE. For more detailed, step-by-step instructions for setting up the Arduino IDE on your computer, please check out the following tutorial.

Installing Arduino IDE

March 26, 2013

A step-by-step guide to installing and testing the Arduino software on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Download the Arduino IDE

In order to get your microcontroller up and running, you'll need to download the newest version of the Arduino software first (it's free and open source!).

This software, known as the Arduino IDE, will allow you to program the board to do exactly what you want. It’s like a word processor for writing code.

Download Arduino Example Code

You are so close to to being done with setup! Download the SIK Guide Code. You can also download the code from GitHub or click the following link to download the code:

Place the SIK-Guide-Code-master folder in the Arduino IDE examples directory:

  • Windows: drag the SIK-Guide-Code-master folder into C:\Program Files\Arduino-x\examples.

  • MacOS: Right-click on the Arduino IDE app and click "Show Package Contents...". Drag the SIK-Guide-Code-master folder into Contents/Java/examples.

  • Linux: see
  • Start the Arduino IDE; the examples should be visible in this menu. Depending on how the folder is named, it should look similar to: File > Examples > SIK Guide Code.