The Random Thoughts of a Geek heading for Banbury
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Visual Studio Code Arduino on my Mac

Arduino VS Code Mac

I know there are probably about a million of these tutorials all over the internet; however, this is my setup, so I know what I did should I need to do it again…


Installation of Arduino Extension

Open VS Code and press F1 or Ctrl + Shift + P to open the command palette, select Install Extension and type vscode-arduino.. Press the Install button to install. The plugin is written by Microsoft, so should be easy to find. It will also pull in a C/C++ plugin.

Once it has been installed, you will need to make some changes to the plugin’s settings; the easiest way to get it to pick up on the fact that you are needing it to do Arduino magic is by opening a .ino file,

Select a board and serial port from the bottom bar of the application window, and Visual studio code will generate an arduino.json and a c_cpp_properties.json in the folder .vscode in the root folder, you may need to edit the c_cpp_properties.json slightly; if the below code is in the file, it needs to be deleted

            "name": "Mac",
            "compilerPath": "/usr/bin/clang",
            "compilerArgs": [],
            "intelliSenseMode": "macos-clang-x64",
            "includePath": [
            "forcedInclude": [],
            "cStandard": "c17",
            "cppStandard": "c++98",
            "defines": []

I have also installed the Better Comments plugin, and Todo Tree plugin (Thanks to Tamarisk for telling me about these ones)

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