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Tutorial how to set up Arduino IDE to code Micro:bit

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Additional Board Manager URL

Open Tools

Open Tools>­Boa­rd>­Boards Manager from the menu bar, search for nRF5 and install “Nordic Semico­nductor nRF5 Boards” by Sandeep Mistry


Wait for the instal­lation. It will take a while.

Select Micro:bit

Select BBC micro:bit from the Boards menu.
Set SoftDevice to S110.
And set the Port to the Micro:bit COM port.

Start Arduino IDE

Start your Arduino IDE, then click on Prefer­ences.
Add the URL into the Additional Board Manager URL text box

Arduino File

Boards Manager

Test code

const int buttonA = 5;
const int buttonB = 11;
void setup()
  pinMode(buttonA, INPUT);
  pinMode(buttonB, INPUT);
void loop()
  if (! digitalRead(buttonA))
    Serial.println("Button A pressed");
  if (! digitalRead(buttonB))
    Serial.println("Button B pressed");

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