Getting Started Using Arduino* IDE for the Intel® Galileo Board


Install & Setup



Download and Install

If you already have Arduino* software installed on your computer, you may need to uninstall it. The Intel® Galileo Board uses a special version of the Arduino software to communicate with the board.

  • To ensure proper use of the Intel® Galileo Board with Arduino, you need to install the latest driver for your operating system from Galileo Software Downloads.
  • For detailed instructions on how to get started with setting up Arduino for Intel Galileo, see the Getting Started Guide.

For this tutorial, we use Arduino 1.5.3.

Troubleshooting steps

Having issues with the Arduino software and the Intel Galileo Board? Try the following steps.

Once you're set up, let's explore the Arduino Integrated Development Environment.

1. Plug in the power supply 

Note Like most Arduino boards, the Intel Galileo is powered by 5 volts of electricity. The power supply adapter that comes with the Intel Galileo has a maximum of 5 volts. Using a different adapter that is higher than 5V damages the Intel Galileo board.

Plug the adapter into a wall outlet. Universal adapters come included inside the box. Gently plug the adapter into the board. Once the LED on the board labeled USB turns on, the USB serial port is ready for communication.

2. Plug in the micro USB cable

There are two USB cable inputs. Carefully plug the USB cable into the port labeled USB Client. The other port, USB HOST, can be used for things like a keyboard.

3. Select the correct port in Arduino IDE

  • Start the Arduino software. In the Tools navigation, select Intel® Galileo from the board menu.
  • Again in Tools, select the serial port option.
  • You see a list of available serial ports.
    • The port addresses begin with either tty or cu. If you're using Windows, the port begins with COM.
    • The second portion of the name usually signifies the type of port it is. You want to look for a port starting with cu, followed by .usbmodem and ending in a random letter and number combination like fa141 or fa121.
  • Once you successfully connected, you should see Intel® Galileo on {your serial port number} at the bottom right side of the Arduino software interface.

Don't see the ports listed?

Try unplugging the USB cable and plugging it back in again. Resetting the connection triggers the USB port on your computer to read incoming data.

Close the Arduino software first, then unplug the USB cable from your computer. Try repeating the process until the port is recognized. Restarting your computer helps you in debugging the issue.

Firmware upgrade

If you haven't done so, you need upgrade the firmware on the Intel Galileo board before continuing. After connecting the board to your computer and selecting the correct serial port, go to the Help menu in the Arduino software and select Firmware Update. This update takes several minutes. Follow the prompts until the process is complete, then continue.

Related topics
Introduction to Intel® Galileo Boards
Getting Started Guide for Intel® Galileo Boards
Arduino* IDE Tutorial
Hello World example for Intel® Galileo Boards
Wrap Up for Intel® Galileo Boards