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Getting started with Arduino: Installation and Setup

Looking at some crazy droids like BB-8 in Sci-Fi movies, all of us have wondered about the way they’ve been created. Good news for you, we’re going to build one by the end of this series! Alright, so now that you’re reading this article, I’m assuming that you have a keen interest in programming and electronics. As promised, the tutorials will be from the point of view of someone who has never written a line of code. We’ll be covering each topic step-by-step.

So here we are, in the beginning, stepping into the game. All we have to do here is, get things ready. So, get ready to proceed smoothly with the main part.

First of all, download the Arduino IDE from this link. Then, run the file when the download is completely finished.

Note: Make sure that the OS and Architecture that you’re selecting is correct. To confirm the Architecture, go to start menu and search for ‘System’. Look under ‘System type’.

Secondly, run the installer when it has finished downloading.

Continue with the installation process, and let it install the IDE in the preferred directory as it is the best option. Wait for the installation to finish.

This is how the IDE looks like.

Once the IDE is installed, it’s time for checking out some cool stuff! So, just plug in your Arduino to your PC and open the IDE. Go to tools and select the right port. Copy the code down below and paste it in the IDE.

void setup() {
  pinMode(13, OUTPUT);
}
void loop() {
  digitalWrite(13, HIGH);
}

Don’t worry about the code, I’ll be teaching you how to do it in the next tutorial. This little piece of code is just for testing if you’re all set.

Compile and Upload the code to the board from the top-left corner of the window. Take a look at the LED near the pin labeled as ’13’. If the code has been uploaded successfully and the LED is lit up, you’re good to go with the series. If not, go through this tutorial again.

Feel free to drop your reviews, questions or suggestions in the comments and you can even contact me via any of the social channels. Links have been provided in the Author’s block.

In the next tutorial, we’ll be doing much more cool stuff with LEDs, so until then, happy tinkering!

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