Adding the Coding Examples to The Arduino Software

One of the steps of setting up the Arduino software for your desktop is to download and install a 'library' of programs to Arduino. 

On this page, we show two methods. The first method works for 95% of users. However, if you can't find the library or there is no button to add the library to Arduino from the downloads folder, you may want to try the alternative method below.

Method One: Standard

In the Arduino software, navigate to Sketch --> Include Library --> Add .ZIP Library... and click.

 

 

A window will pop up. Navigate to your Downloads, find the .ZIP file, and click Choose. Do not unzip or decompress the folder first. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now you can navigate to Examples--> Examples from Custom Libraries and find the example code for your new library.

If you've just installed the library as a part of setting up your kit, you'll see LetsStartCoding.... in the Examples folder. Within that are all of the example programs you'll need.

 

 

 

 

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Here's a GIF showing the process in action.

 
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Method Two: Alternative

For some users, adding a library through the Sketch--> Add ZIP Library doesn't work. Try this method instead.

1) Open your documents folder. If you have downloaded Arduino, there will be an Arduino folder there. Click it to open it.

     Note: There is also an Arduino application. Do not open the application. Open the folder in Documents.

2) Within the Arduino folder, there is a folder called "Libraries". Double-click it to open it.

 

 

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3) In another window, open your Downloads folder. You want both of the windows open side-by-side. You will drag in the .ZIP folder containing the library to the Arduino "Libraries" folder.

 

 

4) Drag the .ZIP folder into the Arduino "Libraries" folder. Now unzip it or decompress it there. 

5) You may delete the .ZIP folder once you have an unzipped/decompressed library folder inside the Arduino "Libraries" folder.

 

 

6) If the Arduino application is open, close it an re-open it to refresh the list of libraries.

7) Now you should be able to navigate to File--> Examples--> and find the library you just installed. 

 

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Below is an animated GIF showing that process:

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Still having trouble? Contact us at info@letsstartcoding.com