How to Setup the Arduino IDE to Work With the Tinusaur Boards.

Introduction: How to Setup the Arduino IDE to Work With the Tinusaur Boards.

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This is a short guide how to setup the Arduino IDE to work with the Tinusaur boards.

What it does basically is to make it work with the AtmelATtiny85/45/25microcontrollers. The only difference is that it will appear on the list of boards as Tinusaur – this is done for convenience, so relatively inexperienced people won’t get confused by the long list of unknown boards and microcontrollers.

Step 1: Installing the Arduino IDE

First of all, we need the Arduino IDE itself.
It could be downloaded from – the official Arduino website.
The current version at the time of writing this guide was 1.6.8 but should work with all the most recent versions.

Step 2: Adding Support for the Tinusaur Boards

  • Start the Arduino IDE first.
  • Go to the menu File / Preferences.

  • Find the “Additional Boards manager URLs” and the button on the right that will open an edit box.

  • Put the following URL in the edit box:

NOTE: It is possible to have multiple URLs as long as they are put on separate lines.

  1. Close the edit dialog by pressing “OK”.

  2. Close the “Preferences” dialog by pressing “OK”.

  3. Go to the menu Tools / Board:… / Boards Manager. This will open an additional dialog window with boards information. You may need to wait until all data is loaded.

  4. From the drop-down menu “Type” choose the “Contributed” item.

  5. Locate the “Tinusaur Boards” item and click on it.

  6. Press the “Install” button. That will install the necessary files into the Arduino IDE.

  7. Close the dialog by pressing the “Close” button.

Step 3: Setup to Use the Tinusaur Board

  1. Go to menu Tools / Board:...

  2. The Tinusaur should be available somewhere at the bottom of the list. Choose the Tinusaur.

  3. It is important to setup the other parameters for the board.

  4. Go to menu Tools / Processor:… and choose the appropriate CPU type. If unsure choose ATtiny85.

  5. Go to menu Tools / Clock:… and choose the appropriate CPU frequency. If unsure choose 1 MHz.

  6. Go to menu Tools / Programmer:… and choose the appropriate programmer. If unsure choose USBasp. That’s it.


Another version of this guide but with screenshots is available at the Arduino IDE Setup page.

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