Introduction: How to Program Attiny Using Arduino Uno

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I just wanted to make a small arduino for my few projects because buying a arduino for every project will be too expensive for a 15 yrs  old guy !!!!!

Step 1: Things You Need

arduino IDE
attiny files on ur arduino IDE
You can download the files given below and move the files in hardware
1- arduino uno
1- attiny 45 or 85
1- breadboard
few jumper wires
1- 10 uf capacitor

Optional (if you u want it permanent )
1- perfboard
1- 1 led any colour that u like
1- 220 ohms resistor
and some pin headers

Step 2: Lets Get Starded

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Open the arduino IDE
and open the arduino isp sketch from the examples and upload it on your uno Note(don't connect anything to  arduino while uploading the isp sketch).

Step 3: Step 3:- Connecting It With Attiny

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Unplug ur uno from the computer and connect it with attiny as shown in the picture below after wiring it then connect the 10uf capacitor the + wire to the reset pin and the - wire to gnd pin after wiring it connect it with usb
Here are the pinout
attiny pin 1- arduino pin 10
attiny pin 5- arduino pin 11
attiny pin 6- arduino pin 12
attiny pin 7- arduino pin 13
attiny pin 4- gnd
attiny pin 8- 5v
TA ADA!!!!!!!! now u can program attiny

Here is the schematic of the attiny programmer with the led and capacitor , there is also a pcb view of the shield

Step 4: Making the Circuit Permanent

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I made the circuit because i need to program more attiny's so it would be consume time for making the circuit again and again
here are some photos of the shield I hav also added a led in the shield and also check the video


nhuber3 (author)2017-01-27

I was able to program an ATTiny 85! Thank you.

AshokB25 (author)2017-01-26

Hello. Can you please help me to program attiny102 using arduino. Thanks.

TheyforC made it! (author)2016-06-16

I programmed a ATTiny45 with this instructable. Thank you very much for the detailed explainations!

LukášM33 (author)2016-05-03

very thanks!

LukášM33 made it! (author)2016-04-30

great! but,can i use this arduino further for normal projects?

i have only one arduino and i dont want remake it permanently as programmer.


yes it's just a shield you can remove it and use your arduino normally .

Hungerwood made it! (author)2015-12-31

Thank you! Easy and really fun to build! :)

:) you're welcome

BlueBeast44 made it! (author)2016-01-16

Great tutorial! Thanks!

You're welcome :)

vianch_tog made it! (author)2016-02-17

Arduino shield without led


majdia1 (author)2015-12-07

Thanks for the diy. I saw some boards shield made with a reset switch button, could you tell why and for what it is used??

Pranavthegreat (author)majdia12016-02-20

To reset the code on your attiny

maunicof made it! (author)2015-12-13

Thank you. !!!

arduinomaster (author)2015-11-24

purchase a shield to save frustration for only 8 bucks

hann7911 (author)2014-11-14

Hi, if i need two digital outputs and four analog I/Os, can ATTINY24 does the job? Do I follow the same instruction as Attiny 45?

Pranavthegreat (author)hann79112014-11-14

No you can't as the attiny has only 3 analog also u can follow the same procedure for attiny 24 and even 13

borsaci06 (author)2014-11-12

Thx for the post... I am messing around with electronics and Arduino for years but never programmed an Attiny before... I had some Attiny45 lying around and wanted to peogram it using your shield... Made the shield according to the scheme and pics... downloaded the and extracted to Arduino/hardware folder... Uploaded ArduinoISP and plugged the shield while not connected to USB... Later plugged the shielded arduino to usb and opened Blink example, selected Attiny45@8Mhz from board list and tried to upload sketch with no luck... It says:

avrdude: usbdev_open(): did not find any USB device "usb"

Tried the same on my other WinXP pc with a different response something like:

avrdude: attiny45 not present

Any ideas why? double checked my connections...

Pranavthegreat (author)borsaci062014-11-13

if the arduino isp was uploaded perfectly then i suppose you should not face any problem and for the error i recommend you to search it on forums because i have never experienced this error before.

jamestav (author)2014-08-20

Nice tutorial! If you want to know how to do this with an Arduino Mega, check out my blog at:

Sauspin (author)2013-05-10

I think to program the sketches is necessary to burn the bootloader first.

Jamebonds1 (author)Sauspin2014-03-05

No. Don't bootload ATtiny. It will damages your mircocontroller.

BLR_RAVI (author)Jamebonds12014-07-06

first i am impressed with you because you r just a 15yr teen...i m new to micro controllers though i studied during my college time..from few days i am looking for some info on net to make a pwm for a cheap..reliable solar charger..but i was so confused with various type of they needed first bootloader and then prog..aftrr reading your inst..i feel i got my one uno and attiny chips for making pwm.s...great..i am glsd for u

Pranavthegreat (author)Sauspin2013-05-10

actually no because the arduino doesn't have a bootload for attiny and as you are going use arduino as isp in the programmers option you don't need to bootload it

Fanima Dekoi (author)2014-01-19

Thank You! I use this a LOT.

your board looks better

rbhavanirao (author)2013-12-09

Can i reprogram attiny 85

yes you can program attiny 85 and also 44 and 84

diy_bloke (author)2013-09-19

Great. Your stripboard contains a capacitor that is not found in yr schedule. Personally I always put a capacitor of about 25-33uF between earth and reset of the UNO or Nano that I use for programming.
The LED is a nice addition, but it would be nice if you had put it in your schedule as well :-)

Pranavthegreat (author)diy_bloke2013-09-20

Thanks for telling I would add these things in my schedule

electro18 (author)2013-07-13

Hey which board did you use from the board list?

Pranavthegreat (author)electro182013-07-14

Which are you talking about

electro18 (author)Pranavthegreat2013-07-15

I'm using arduino uno r3 and in the boards list in the IDE which option did you choose?
P.S.: I'm using ATtiny85 with external 8Mhz resonator .

Pranavthegreat (author)electro182013-07-15

First of all u dont need a resonator it has an in built crystal of 8 mhz and in the software it has attiny85(8 mhz) use that one .

electro18 (author)Pranavthegreat2013-07-16

Kay got it !

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