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Install Arduino support on Windows

Jesse Vincent edited this page Jan 18, 2019 · 14 revisions

The Arduino system has been designed to be accessible to people at all skill levels, and Keyboardio is built on top of the Arduino platform because we share that goal. There are many ways to set up your system to work with the Keyboardio firmware, the most typical is to use the Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE); an application that gives some visual context to the code you want to send to your Arduino device. This is the easiest process for folks who are new to Arduino, or to programming generally. If you follow the instructions below step by step you should be fine. :-)

Note: This tutorial has been written using Windows 10.

Prerequisite: Install USB Driver (Win 7, 8, & 8.1)

For Windows 7, 8, and 8.1, please follow the instructions on the Installing USB Driver on Windows page before proceeding with the instructions on this page.

Step One: Set up the Arduino IDE

  1. Download the Arduino IDE installation package from

As of this writing, the latest version is v1.8.8, which you can download from this URL:

Note: Some users have had difficulties with the Windows store version of the Arduino IDE. Please use the downloadable installation package.

  1. Open the installation package and follow the prompts to install the Arduino IDE.

Next step: Add keyboard support to Arduino

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