2. Programming Environment Preparation for Pico:ed V2#

2.1. Download and Install the Software#


When you start coding on Pico:ed, we recommend using the integrated development environment Thonny, which you can install by choosing the appropriate version for your computer system.

Download link:https://thonny.org

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After the installment, click the “Options” from the drawer of the “Tools”.

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Choose “Interpreter”and click “CircuitPython(generic)”, then confirm it with the “OK”.

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Once added successfully you can start programming, it is recommended to click on View and check the box to open the shell and Files view.

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2.2. Installation Steps of the Firmware#


Download the firmware of Pico:ed: adafruit-circuitpython-elecfreaks_picoed-en_US-7.3.0-beta.2.uf2

After downloading, press the BOOTSEL button to download.

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Long pressing the download button and connet with the USB cable, release the button until you see a disk named RPI-RP2 on the computer.

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Send the downloaded firmware to that disk.

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Pico:ed will reconnet automatically after getting the firmware downloaded, then you will see a CIRCUITPY disk.

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Now, you can start programming in code.py in CIRCUITPY.

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2.3. Add Pico:ed Library#


Open the link to download the library of pico:ed and unzip it: circuitpython_picoed-main.zip

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Open circuitpython_picoed-main, copy the file folder of picked in the lib in CIRCUITPY.

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2.4. FAQ:#


How to get the newest firmware?#

  1. Open the link of the official circuitpython and go to the downloading page for Pico:ed with the latest version: https://circuitpython.org/board/elecfreaks_picoed/.

  2. Click to see more selections and choose the equivalent language to download.

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