Let’s setup Arduino Environment so we can start to get our hands dirty with different cool projects!!!
Step – 1: Download Arduino IDE from here. Choose your OS and press the link on this following page.
Step – 2: Press ‘Just Download’ button on this new page for your OS. The button can be seen highlighted in red box.
Step – 3: You should get a file downloaded in few minutes after pressing this button. Now Install that downloaded software based on installation procedure of your operating system.
Step – 4: After installation your should be able to see this following icon in your Windows/Mac OSX/ Linux. Open this software with this icon.
Step – 5: You should be able to see the following window opened. (In this example its a window of Arduino IDE opened in Mac OSX).
Step – 6: We are almost there now. Let’s test are we all set to rock!
Go to File on top of this IDE and press Example then go to Digital and then press Blink.
Step – 7: You should be able to see this following Blink Sketch Example Window.
Step – 8: Now connect your Arduino Board to your laptop/PC using blue USB cable you possibly got with your board.
Step – 9: Go to ‘Tools’ in upper top bar and then go to Boards and Select your respective board e.g. ‘Arduino UNO’.
Now go to ‘Tools’ again and then go to ‘Port’, you should be able to see a port like ‘COM5 (Arduino UNO)’ in windows and dev/cu/Arduino.UNO in MacOSX. Select that port.
Step – 10: On main screen press this arrow button pointing towards right as show in following picture. It should start uploading code into your board.
Step – 11: After it says ‘Done Uploading’. You should be able to see an LED blinking on your Arduino UNO board right next to pin 13.
Its an on board LED to see if everything is setup and working.