Step 6: Install AVR Plugin

The AVR plug in allows us to easily deal with AVR's from within Eclipse. Once installed it will allow you to build and deploy a C project to an AVR device. There are also neat features such as being able to pull up data on chips without having to refer to the data sheet.

To install the AVR plugin go to top menu in Eclipse, select Help>Install New Software. A new window titled Install will open. Near the top is a drop down box with "work with:" to it's left. Click the box and type http://avr-eclipse.sourceforge.net/updatesite/ then click add. In the pop up box that appears type AVR Eclipse Plugin into the "name" box.

In the box below an entry (CDT Optional Features) should appear after a short while. Select the check box directly to the left of this entry and click Next . The next screen asks if the selected new packages are correct. Press Next. The next page asks you to agree to the terms and conditions. Check the radio button next to 'I agree' and click Finish .

A progress bar will slowly fill up, indicating that eclipse is installing the plug-ins specified. If there are any security warnings just click OK or Continue. The security warnings just relate to the fact that the plugin is not authenticated, it's no big deal.

A pop up informing you that you need to restart eclipse will appear when the installation is complete. Select Restart Now. Eclipse will shut itself down and restart. When eclipse restarts it will ask you to select a workspace (either select your workspace if you want a different one to that suggested or if you don't know what this is just press OK). The AVR Plug in is now installed.

Now Eclipse has what it needs to talk to AVR's. Perhaps it's time for a celebratory post installation biscuit (or snack) to go with that beverage?