The following section helps you in setting up your software environment for
Installing an Arduino IDE has become optional since Visual Micro 1702.25 (25th Feb 2017).
After installation of Visual Micro, hardware and libraries can be installed using the Manage Boards and Manage Libraries tabs in the Visual Micro Explorer.
Alternatively, configuring Visual Micro to use an installed Arduino IDE provides access to built-in hardware (such as AVR and Teensy), help/references and libraries. (tip: In most cases the same hardware and libraries can be installed using Manage Boards without need for Visual Micro to find an installed Arduino IDE)
To configure Visual Micro to use an IDE click the 'Configure' button on the Visual Micro Explorer.
When locations for one or more Arduino IDE versions have been configured they will appear in the Micro Applications combo box on the tool bar and menu. The default micro-application name will show as "Visual Micro". Drop down the list and select a different application such as "Arduino 1.6/1.8". The choice will become the default in your global settings. Projects will remember the choice when made with a project open.
1. Install either Microsoft Visual Studio or Atmel Studio
Visual Studio and Atmel Studio are IDE
nvironments, that offer a
powerful editor and integrated tools for compiling and uploading your code.
After installing one of these IDEs, we will later install Visual Micro
as an extension module to these IDEs. The Visual Micro
enables Visual Studio and Atmel Studio to compile and upload Arduino code, using
the original tools in the background that you have installed in step 1.
If you are not sure which IDE to choose, read this article:
the right IDE for me?
Download the IDE of your choice (Visual Studio or Atmel Studio
In case of Atmel Studio:
Start Atmel Studio once before you proceed.
performs some initial tasks with Atmel Studio that are required for a
successful installation of Visual Micro in the next step.
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 and higher
- Atmel Studio 7.0
Newer versions of these IDEs will be supported by Visual Micro
soon after they are released. Check the
Release History page for the newest information.
2. Install Visual Micro
Visual Micro is an extension to Visual Studio or Atmel
- Download Visual Micro from
- If Visual Studio/Atmel Studio is running, then close it
- Install Visual Micro
by doubleclicking on the "vsix" icon of the downloaded file.
Now you have successfully installed all required programs. Continue now on the
documentation page to set up your environment.
If you had any problems installing these programs, view the
forum to find helpful