Please note that you do not need to install PlatformIO Core (CLI) if you are going to use PlatformIO IDE. PlatformIO Core (CLI) is built into PlatformIO IDE and you will be able to use it within PlatformIO IDE Terminal.
- System requirements
- Installation Methods
- Development Version
- Install Shell Commands
- Uninstall PIO Core and dependent packages
Windows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD, Linux ARMv6+
Python 2.7 or Python 3.5+ (the latest Python 3 is recommended). See detailed instruction how to Install Python Interpreter for Windows.
All commands below should be executed in
application (Terminal). For macOS and Linux OS - Terminal application,
for Windows OS –
|Access to Serial Ports (USB/UART):|
Windows Users: Please check that you have correctly installed USB driver from board manufacturer
Please choose ONE of the following methods:
PlatformIO DOES NOT require administrative/sudo permissions. Please install using default user account WITHOUT EXTRA PERMISSIONS.
To install or upgrade PlatformIO Core paste that at a Terminal prompt:
python3 -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/platformio/platformio/develop/scripts/get-platformio.py)" # or using `curl` curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/platformio/platformio-core-installer/master/get-platformio.py -o get-platformio.py python3 get-platformio.py # or using `wget` wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/platformio/platformio-core-installer/master/get-platformio.py -O get-platformio.py python3 get-platformio.py
To install or upgrade PlatformIO Core, download (save as…) get-platformio.py script. Then run the following:
# change directory to folder where is located downloaded "get-platformio.py" cd /path/to/dir/where/is/located/script/get-platformio.py # run it python get-platformio.py
On Windows OS it may look like:
# change directory to folder where is located downloaded "get-platformio.py" cd C:\path\to\dir\where\is\located\script\get-platformio.py # run it python.exe get-platformio.py
If you need to have access to
platformio.exe commands from
other applications or terminal in your OS, please Install Shell Commands.
We recommend using this method ONLY FOR Continuous Integration use cases or where your have full permissions to install PlatformIO Core into the global scope of your OS.
For personal using, and avoiding maintenance and upgrade issues, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND using Installer Script which installs PlatformIO Core into an isolated virtual environment and does not affect your OS.
The latest stable version of PlatformIO Core may be installed or upgraded via Python Package Manager (pip) as follows:
pip install -U platformio
The latest stable version of PlatformIO may be installed or upgraded via macOS Homebrew Packages Manager (brew) as follows:
brew install platformio
PlatformIO Core may be installed into isolated Python environment. This method is very good if you don’t want to install PlatformIO Core Python’s dependencies (packages) into your global system scope. PlatformIO IDE uses this method to install PlatformIO Core.
Default and recommended environment folder is “core_dir/penv”. You can print environment folder path using the next command in your system terminal:
python -c "import os; print(os.path.join(os.getenv('PLATFORMIO_CORE_DIR', os.path.join(os.path.expanduser('~'), '.platformio')), 'penv'))" ######################## Examples # Windows # C:\Users\UserName\.platformio\penv # Linux # ~/.platformio/penv # /home/username/.platformio/penv # macOS # ~/.platformio/penv # /Users/username/.platformio/penv
Please remove existing PlatformIO Core environment folder if exists. See above command how to get path to environment folder.
Please check that you have a valid Python interpreter running a next command in system terminal. Python 2.7.9+ or Python 3.5+ is recommended.
python --version # or, for Unix (Linux, Mac), you can use `python2` or `python3` aliases python2 --version python3 --version
Windows Users: If you already tried to install PlatformIO IDE and did not get success, please open system’s Control Panel > Installed Programs, and check if PlatformIO IDE tried to install an own isolated Python 2.7 version. Please uninstall it. Also is good to uninstall all Python interpreters from a system and install manually the latest Python using Install Python Interpreter guide.
virtualenv --helpcommand exists in a system, otherwise, please install it manually using
pip install virtualenvor
pip2 install virtualenvcommand.
pip(Python Package Manager) does not exists, you have to install it manually. See https://pip.pypa.io/en/stable/installing/
Create a folder which contains all the necessary executables to use the packages that PIO Core would need using
virtualenv /path/to/.platformio/penv # If you want to use a custom Python interpreter virtualenv --python=/path/to/custom/python /path/to/.platformio/penv # EXAMPLES # Windows virtualenv C:\Users\UserName\.platformio\penv virtualenv --python=C:\Python27\python.exe C:\Users\UserName\.platformio\penv # Unix (Linux, Mac) virtualenv ~/.platformio/penv virtualenv -p python3 ~/.platformio/penv
Activate virtual environment
# Windows C:\Users\UserName\.platformio\penv\Scripts\activate # Unix (Linux, Mac) source /path/to/.platformio/penv/bin/activate # or . /path/to/.platformio/penv/bin/activate
Install PIO Core into virtual environment
pip install -U platformio
If you plan to use PIO Core commands outside virtual environment, please Install Shell Commands.
If you use PlatformIO IDE, please enable development version:
Install the latest PlatformIO from the
# uninstall existing version pip uninstall platformio # install the latest development version of PlatformIO pip install -U https://github.com/platformio/platformio-core/archive/develop.zip
If you want to be up-to-date with the latest
develop version of PlatformIO,
then you need to re-install PlatformIO each time you see a new commits in
PlatformIO GitHub repository (branch: develop) like so:
pip install -U https://github.com/platformio/platformio-core/archive/develop.zip
pio upgrade --dev
To revert to the latest stable version:
pip uninstall platformio pip install -U platformio
PlatformIO Core (CLI) consists of 2 standalone tools in a system:
In Unix and Unix-like systems, there are multiple ways to achieve this.
You can export PlatformIO executables’ directory to the PATH environmental
variable. This method will allow you to execute
platformio commands from
any terminal emulator as long as you’re logged in as the user PlatformIO is
installed and configured for.
If you use Bash as your default shell, you can do it by editing either
~/.bash_profile and adding the following line:
If you use Zsh, you can either edit
~/.zprofile and add the code above, or
for supporting both, Bash and Zsh, you can first edit
~/.profile and add
the code above, then edit
~/.zprofile and add the following line:
emulate sh -c '. ~/.profile'
After everything’s done, just restart your session (log out and log back in) and you’re good to go.
If you don’t know the difference between the two, check out this page.
You can create system-wide symlinks. This method is not recommended if you have
multiple users on your computer because the symlinks will be broken for other users
and they will get errors while executing PlatformIO commands. If that’s not a problem,
open your system terminal app and paste these commands
(MAY require administrator access
ln -s ~/.platformio/penv/bin/platformio /usr/local/bin/platformio ln -s ~/.platformio/penv/bin/pio /usr/local/bin/pio ln -s ~/.platformio/penv/bin/piodebuggdb /usr/local/bin/piodebuggdb
After that, you should be able to run PlatformIO from terminal. No restart is required.
Uninstall PIO Core tool
# uninstall standalone PIO Core installed via `pip` pip uninstall platformio # uninstall Homebrew's PIO Core (only macOS users if you installed it via Homebrew before) brew uninstall platformio
Dependent packages, global libraries are installed to core_dir folder (in user’s HOME directory). Just remove it.
Linux OS: Don’t forget to install “udev” rules file 99-platformio-udev.rules (an instruction is located in the file).
Windows OS: Please check that you have correctly installed USB driver from board manufacturer
For further details, frequently questions, known issues, please refer to Frequently Asked Questions.