How to Use VSCode as Arduino Code Editor

Using VSCode for Arduino:

  1. To install the Arduino extension, press
    “Cntrl+Shift+x” to open the Extensions viewer and search for
    “vscode-arduino.” This should only produce one result. To install,
    click the “Install” button.
  2. After installing the extension, connect an
    Arduino Uno development board to a USB port on your computer and restart VS
    Code to ensure that everything is properly installed.
  3. To open the Command Palette, press
    “Ctrl+Shift+p” to bring up a drop-down box where you can enter
  4. If you receive a firewall message while running
    Arduino commands, simply select “Allow Access” and continue.
  5. When you open an Arduino.ino file, VS Code
    switches to Arduino mode and provides access to special functionality in the
    bottom blue margin.
  6. Select AVR ISP from the Select Programmer>
    drop-down menu (Arduino AVR Board)
  7. Select Arduino/Genuino Uno from the Select Board
    Type menu.
  8. To configure the serial port through which VS
    Code will communicate with your Arduino Uno, open the Command Palette
    (Cntrl+Shift+p) and then type “Arduino Select Serial Port.” Then,
    choose which USB port your Uno is connected to.
  9. By clicking on the plug symbol on the blue line,
    you can access the Serial Monitor.
  10. This extension includes a package manager, which
    makes installing external packages a breeze. Enter “Arduino package
    manager” into the command palette. A new tab should appear with a list of
    packages that can be installed by clicking a button.

  11. In Arduino mode, VS Code provides a couple of
    handy icons for code verification and uploading to your connected Arduino
    board. These can be found in the upper right-hand corner. If you perform either
    operation, a console window will appear at the bottom of VS Code informing you
    of the outcome.


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