Introduction: Install Arduino on Linux

How to install the latest version of Arduino in Ubuntu

Step 1: Download the Latest Version of the Official Website

Access the site and download the package that fits the settings of the computer you are using, in my case it is an Ubuntu x64.

You will be redirected to a page where you can choose to contribute with Arduino software or not, if you do not want to contribute click on "JUST DOWNLOAD" link

Step 2: Installing Arduino

After the download, open a terminal and type:

  • cd Downloads/

This command will cause the terminal to go to the download folder where the installation package was downloaded

type it:

  • ls

This command lists the files in the folder, it is important to know the package name In my case


To unpack the package:

  • tar -Jxf arduino-1.8.3-linux64.tar.xz

Remember that if your has the different name you should replace the correct name in the command

If you execute "ls" again you will get:

"arduino-1.8.3 arduino-1.8.3-linux64.tar.xz"

So that the folder does not remain in downloads, let's move it to a more appropriate folder, using the command:

  • sudo mv arduino-1.8.3 /usr/share

Let's acess the moved folder using:

  • cd /usr/share/arduino-1.8.3/

If you execute "ls" again must be obtained:

"arduino hardware lib revisions.txt
arduino-builder libraries tools examples
java reference tools-builder"

And finally run the installation script that comes with the package using:

  • sudo ./

At the end the terminal should look like the one in Figure

Step 3: Testing

To run the program enter:

  • sudo ./arduino

Note that this command will only work inside the folder where the installation was done

After the command a window should open

Select the port being used "Tool> Port:> port_that_the_arduino_is_connected"

Open the Blink example "File> Examples> 01. Basics> Blink"

Click on the code upload button

Check if the program was able to load the code on Arduino

If no error message appears you have finished installing correctly