Install Arduino IDE on Ubuntu Linux

Even though an Arduino IDE can be easily installed on Ubuntu-like Linux system using the simple apt install arduino command, the version you will can get this way will be quite old – without the latest features and complicity in getting help on the Internet.

In this note i will show the recommended way of how to install the latest version of the Arduino IDE on Ubuntu, though these commands should work for the other Linux systems as well.

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Install Arduino IDE on Ubuntu Linux

Download a tarball with the latest version of the Arduino IDE from the official web-site:

$ wget https://downloads.arduino.cc/arduino-1.8.16-linux64.tar.xz

Unpack the tarball, move it to the /opt/ folder and execute an installation script:

$ tar -xvf arduino-1.8.16-linux64.tar.xz 
$ sudo mv arduino-1.8.16 /opt/
$ cd /opt/arduino-1.8.16/
$ ./install.sh

This script adds a desktop shortcut, menu item and file associations for Arduino IDE.

After running the installation script without sudo, you may see the message as follows:

ln: failed to create symbolic link ‘/usr/local/bin/arduino’: Permission denied
Adding symlink failed. Hope that’s OK. If not then rerun as root with sudo.
done!

To create the symbolic link to the Arduino IDE binary, execute:

$ sudo ln -s /opt/arduino-1.8.16/arduino /usr/local/bin/arduino

To avoid the “Error touching serial port. Exception type – Permission denied.” error while trying to upload code to an Arduino microcontroller using the Arduino IDE, you may have to add the current user to the dialout group:

$ sudo usermod -a -G dialout $(whoami)

This gives the current user read and write access to the Arduino device:

$ ls -l /dev/ttyACM*
crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 166, 0 Oct  7 18:21 /dev/ttyACM0

Logout and login again to make the group change effective.

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