Ubuntu – How to install latest Arduino IDE?

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As we know Arduino has non-official Snap which can access serial ports only if installed as classic (but not indicated in snap find output):

$ snap find arduino
Name                  Version  Developer  Notes  Summary
arduino-mhall119      1.8.5   mhall119   -      Arduino IDE

Arduino packages from repositories are outdated:

Package arduino

trusty (14.04LTS) (electronics): AVR development board IDE and built-in libraries [universe]
1:1.0.5+dfsg2-2: all
xenial (16.04LTS) (electronics): AVR development board IDE and built-in libraries [universe]
2:1.0.5+dfsg2-4: all
artful (electronics): AVR development board IDE and built-in libraries [universe]
2:1.0.5+dfsg2-4.1: all
bionic (electronics): AVR development board IDE and built-in libraries [universe]
2:1.0.5+dfsg2-4.1: all

According to official Arduino site the latest version of Arduino IDE is 1.8.9.

One can download IDE from official site, extract and install it with install.sh. Then when newer version will be released repeat this action. But it looks difficult and not user-friendly.

How can I get latest Arduino IDE installed in user-friendly way?

Best Answer

  • Arduino IDE is installable with Ubuntu Make:

    1. Install Ubuntu Make

      • for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS from official PPA ppa:lyzardking/ubuntu-make:

        sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lyzardking/ubuntu-make
        sudo apt-get update
        sudo apt-get install ubuntu-make
        

        PPA is needed because of two fact: package for 16.04 LTS does not support installation of Arduino.

      Note: umake from 18.04 Universe repo may fail installing arduino ide. If so, you will need to purge ubuntu-make and install from the PPA. If this is the case you will also need to delete ~/.local/share/umake with rm -rf ~/.local/share/umake. See this QA for more info.

      • for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and newer systems from universe repository:

        sudo apt-get update
        sudo apt-get install ubuntu-make
        
    2. Install Arduino IDE with Ubuntu Make

      umake electronics arduino
      

      or for 18.04 (without PPA, may fail)

      umake ide arduino
      

      This will download Arduino IDE from official site and install it to ~/.local/share/umake/ide/arduino and set corresponding shortcuts and file associations for it.

      You can repeat this command again to get newer version.

    Note: do not forget to add your user to dialout group with sudo usermod -a -G dialout $USER .

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