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Install and use Arduino on Ubuntu

As in many other cases using Ubuntu Software Centre to install packages does not give you the most recent version and with Arduino Software is the same case.


1) make sure you have java installed

2) download the newest arduino software from here: http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software

3) install the compiler (gcc-avr) and the libraries (avr-libc) packages:

sudo apt-get install gcc-avr avr-libc

4) if you use the USB port to dialog, you should add yourself to the group ‘dialout’ in order to have write permissions on that port:

sudo usermod -aG dialout <your-user>

note that you need to log out the log in again or alternatively change the permissions on the port (more unsafe and has to be done every time you switch it on/off)

sudo chmod 666 /dev/ttyACM0 (for serial or /dev/ttyUSB0 for usb)

5) finally :

  • run ./arduino
  • select the board
  • select the port

Enjoy 🙂