Friday, June 19, 2015

ESP8266 - Arduino IDE v1.6.4 Portable installation Guide

As been asked so many times in the latest days about, please find below a quick install guide that might help you to have a smooth and easy installation:

Arduino IDE 1.6.4 Portable - Blinky test:

Detailed instructions:

1. Download and install Arduino IDE 1.6.4  from  

    In a Windows 7/64 environment I preffer to use the ZIP file:
     and install it manually, in a more compact and portable manner.

  • Create a New Folder where do you want your Arduino IDE installation to be (ex: D:\ESP8266_Arduino)

  • Delete to free your space
  • Inside the new "arduino-1.6.4" subfolder create a New Folder called "Portable"  

In this way you can avoid the way Arduino is installing files all over the place on your system. All your Arduino IDE v 1.6.4 files will be located only under the new created "arduino-1.6.4" folder. And yes, your drive can be in this case a Stick/SD Card or external HDD/SSD Drive so you can take your Arduino IDE and your projects everywhere, just ready for coding!

2.  Start the new installed Arduino IDE.
  •  Go to File 
  •  Preferences -  in  Preferences window go to "additional boards manager URL's" where you need to paste the following link:

  •  Click OK button.
  • Go to Tools 
  •  Boards  - > Boards manager, in the Boards manager window select "contributed" from the TYPE drop 
  •  Select ESP8266 by ESP8266 community forum and version 1.6.2 

  •  Press Install. 

    Installation process can take a while, so please be patient! A cup of tea/coffee might work here :)

4. Restart IDE

5. Select your board as ADAFRUIT HUZZAH ESP8266 or GenericESP8266 Module. For CBDBv2 EVO use provided config file or GenericESP8266.

6. Select CPU frequency: 80Mhz

7. Select your Serial port and upload speed. Looks like it's working upto 921600 but quite unstable. Keep the usual 115200 baud for more solid upload results.

   You are ready for your first ESP8266 Program written in Arduino IDE :)


Unknown said...

Hello tracker,
I want to make a esp8266 node and it should be powered from AC socket using a charger and 18650 battery with a charging and protection circuit. What is the efficient way to convert 4.2v of 18650 battery to ~3.3v for the esp8266... I use ams1117 33 LDO for powering esp with the charger....) Thanks...

da ferret said...

I had to go with an unofficial list of 3rd party boards, when I used the adafruit link the esp8266 wasn't showing up in the list. The link that I used was
now I am just waiting on my 3.3V level converters to come in so I can play with this module. Thank you for the great write up.

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