Setup Arduino IDE

Prerequisite

You need the following hardware and software to get started:

  • LinkIt 7697 development board. You can purchase it here.
  • A micro-USB cable.
  • Operating Systems:
    • Windows 7, 8 or 10.
    • OS X 10.10 or later.

Install Arduino IDE

This guide is based on Arduino IDE 1.8.1. You can download it here

If you have problems installing the IDE, refer to the links below:

Add LinkIt 7697 Board Support Package

If you are already familiar with Arduino IDE, the board support package URL for LinkIt 7697 is as follows:

http://download.labs.mediatek.com/package_mtk_linkit_7697_index.json

Continue reading if you want to know how to install the board support package.


LinkIt 7697 is a 3rd party board and you'll need to install extra 3rd party board support package to the Arduino IDE. The steps are as follows:

  1. Open File > Preferences dialog, as shown below:

  2. Add the following URL to the Additional Boards Manager URLs field: 

    http://download.labs.mediatek.com/package_mtk_linkit_7697_index.json

    as marked in the screenshot below:


  3. Click OK to end the dialog.
  4. Select Tools > Board > Boards Manager... to open the Boards Manager dialog:
     

  5. Wait for the board manager to download the package information from the URL you just provided. After completion, you'll find a LinkIt 7697 by MediaTek Labs board package in the list. You can also type LinkIt in the search box, as shown below:

     
  6. Click on the LinkIt 7697 item, and then click the Install button, as shown below:
     

  7. The IDE should start downloading the required tools and software packages. Wait for its completion, and click Close to end the dialog.
  8. Once the package is installed, you should see a LinkIt 7697 item appear in the bottom of the Tools > Board menu, as shown below:
     

Now that you've installed the board support package, you are ready to connect LinkIt 7697 board to your computer.