New 3rd March 2014: Beta revision .a now supports Atmel Studio 6.2, the beta also includes support for Arduino Ide 1.5.6+. Also includes "Arduino style" support for Atmel Studio format avrisp and jtagice3 hardware programmers, support for Atmel atprogram tool, "New project" templates with or without cpp example and much more ...
Not got the Arduino Ide? Download Arduino Ide 1.0.5-r2 or 1.5.5-r2 (or earlier). For help and assistance, please join the forum using the links in the header of this page
A free Arduino plugin for Atmel Studio 6.1 that allows ANY Arduino project (with code completion) to be developed, compiled and then uploaded to any Arduino micro-processor. The plugin shares the sources and tools of the Arduino Ide which means we use the same code, it's just the ide that is different!
Atmel Studio, based on Visual Studio 2010, it is free
The Arduino plugin for Atmel Studio provides the features of the Arduino ide but inside Atmel Studio. Lightening fast compiler, one-click compile and upload, intellisense, serial monitor and more. An optional Arduino usb debugger is also available at a small cost. Works with all genuine and custom Arduino hardware.
The Arduino IDE and Atmel Studio share the same configuration options when installing custom hardware and/or libraries. This means that whatever works in the Arduino IDE will automatically work in Atmel Studio (with the Visual Micro plugin installed). The result is that Atmel Studio requires no additional learning or configuration to support, not just for genuine Arduino technologies but also all of the others such as Attiny, avrIO and many more.
tip: If Arduino .ino/.pde syntax is not color coded after installing the plugin then please close Atmel Studio, then run the installer and click uninstall, then run again and click install
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If you encounter difficulties, need help or simply don't like a feature and want it changed then please join our forum and let us know. We listen to everyone and actively seek to improve.
1) Install Atmel 6.1 (june 2013 release or later)
(please see known bugs list below and follow us on codeplex for updates)
2) CLOSE ATMEL STUDIO
3) Install Visual Micro
The installation process for Atmel Studio is simpler than for Visual Studio in as much as syntax color coding is configured automatically by the Visual Micro installer.
After installing Visual Micro, a new "first time use" wizard guides users through the final installation process which simply involves specifying the location of the Arduino IDE.
To open or create a sketch use normal Atmel Studio menu commands or the special menus for Arduino such as "File>New>Sketch Project" or "File>Open>Sketch>Project".
Use the "Tools>Visual Micro" menu or the tool bar to select an ide and board such as "Arduino 1.5.x" and "Uno". tip: The "Tools>Visual Micro" menu contains a number of other useful functions (see wiki)
Click any of the Atmel Studio "Degug>Start" commands to compile and upload. The build commands on the "Project" menu compile without upload.
When a project is active in Atmel Studio, the "Project" menu provides features such as the ability to import an Arduino library into the code and to upload the last build.
All Visual Micro user configurab;le settings can be found globally in "Tools>Options>Visual Micro" or in the "View>Property Window" (ALT+ENTER) when a project is selected
supports Arduino 0023, 1.0.x and 1.5.x
Known Bugs and Workarounds
windows .net 3.5 must be enabled via control panel (features) otherwise the installer will fail. (why? the plugin caters for multiple .net versions but the installer needs to also work with vs2008, .net 3.5 is common to all)
intellisense not working: ensure visualassistx is enabled (in Atmel Studio), close Atmel Studio, run the Visual Micro installer; click uninstall then run again and click install (or use the forum for help)
intellisense not as good as vs version: In this initial release of the plugin for Atmel Studio, some features, such as intellisense, do not work as well as they do in the Visual Studio versions. These shortfalls do not prevent Arduino development but might cause some minor aggrivations. Please see this forum post for examples and further details.
Expert mode - New users should use "File>New>Sketch Project" to create your new projects or open existing Arduino sketches. Exterienced users can create their own new sketch templates containing often used code. This article explains how to add your own new project templates to Atmel Studio
Optional arduino usb debugger (small fee applies)
The following example shows an arduino in debug, running without delay. Two trace points have been set, one every 250 milliseconds and one conditional on the triggering of a counter based function. Breakpoints and Tracepoints support a range of additional properties such as conditional statements, please see the wiki
for more examples.
tip: use the breakpoint "Hit Count" property either as milliseconds (default) or as a standard integer counter
The Visual Micro plugin for Atmel Studio is almost identical in operation to the Visual Studio Arduino plugin so all of the documents on this web site now also apply to Atmel Studio. The single Visual Micro installer installs the plugin for Atmel Studio and also for Visual Studio 2008, 2010 and 2012.
Switching between various Arduino boards (or custom boards), adding libraries, compile and upload are all provided with single click ease. Any/all Arduino projects can be opened and compiled without need for configuration change.
A highly optimised compiler produces identical output to the Arduino Ide in a fraction of the time (optimization can be disabled for advanced use). Switching between different versions of Arduino or different Arduino sketchbook folders reflects instantly into the Atmel Studio user interface, no need to re-start the ide (subject to Atmel known intellisense minor bug fix).
The Micro Explorer tool - Provides Arduino help and reference
(if you any suggestions of how we can improve the product please contact us, we appreciate feed back)
tip: If Arduino .ino/.pde syntax is not color coded after installing the plugin, or intellisense is missing, then please close Atmel Studio, then run the installer and click uninstall, then run again and click install