Windows® Installation

Important Note: This page describes how to install MPIDE (Multi-Platform IDE). However, as of January 2016 MPIDE has been replaced by chipKIT-core, which can be easily installed into the official Arduino IDE v1.6.7 or later. MPIDE is no longer being maintained, and is quickly falling behind. This page will be retained for compatibility with external resources that may depend on it.

New users are strongly encouraged to use chipKIT-core instead.

  1. Click the button/link below to download the current release of MPIDE for Windows.
  2. Download MPIDE for Windows®



  3. Once the download is completed, extract the contents of the compressed folder to your computer.

  4. To open MPIDE, navigate to the extracted files in the folder and locate the MPIDE executable and double click on it:

  5.  mpide-exe

  6. The first time you open MPIDE, you will be notified that a “sketchbook folder” will be created. In Windows, this folder will be located in the “My Documents” directory. Click OK to continue.

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  8. The MPIDE Window should appear. Note the following main areas of the IDE Window.

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    Toolbar Buttons Include:

    button overview

For basic tutorials on chipKIT MPIDE, visit the Beginners section under chipKIT user menu.

Advanced Users

For more information on previous versions of releases and files, see the links below: