Arduino on linux with m5Stack
mwieder last edited by
There are good how-to docs for Windows and OSX, but not for linux, so...
Finally got around to starting to play with that m5stack thing I picked up at the last Maker Faire. Since my main system is linux Mint 19.1 I figured this would be straightforward.
Not exactly. No docs for linux, so I'm on my own.
So... since linux isn't supported (and the EasyLoader program is Windows-only) I've been carefully cobbling together a system to deal with it.
The actual url to install in Additional Boards Manager URLs is
There's a linux usb-to-serial driver here:
After running make the file seems to compile properly.
Then after reading the CP210x_VCP_Linux_4.x_Release_Notes.txt file I see I need to install the driver separately. Compiling and running the example file also seems to work properly using the port at /dev/ttyUSB0. So far so good.
The M5Burner on that same web page does work, but I'm still having problems with the Arduino IDE. Compiling code errors out with the messages
File "/home/mwieder/.arduino15/packages/esp32/tools/esptool_py/2.6.1/esptool.py", line 37, in <module>
ImportError: No module named serial
Multiple libraries were found for "SD.h"
Not used: /home/mwieder/Downloads/arduino-1.8.9/libraries/SD
OK - turns out that enabling verbose debug messages in Preferences also shows
Pyserial is not installed for /usr/bin/python. Check the README for installation instructions.Traceback (most recent call last):
...and thus my introduction to python wheels. So downloading the latest pyserial wheel and then
pip install wheel
pip install pyserial-3.4-py2.py3-none-any.whl
resulted in a successful compilation and upload in the Arduino IDE.
Hope this helps someone out.
ajb2k3 last edited by
@mwieder Thank you for shareing this.
Trackskills last edited by
Thank you so much !
thanks @mweider and sorry you had to struggle so much. I've had a linux setup tutorial for uiflow I made a while ago which wasn't complete sitting around on my desktop for a while, some things are a little out of date on it but I'll try to get it up at some point for the sake of others.
I wanted to check with you whether you had to add the device to the dialout group with this command:
sudo usermod -a -G dialout $USER
I was told it was necessary, didn't work for me. Even though I had installed the drivers
and run this command, I still had to chmod the /dev/tty directory before I could connect to the device over serial. Perhaps we could set up a seperate forum board specifically for linux users. What do you think?
ajb2k3 last edited by
Scratches Head and gets a splinter
Is the install creating the symlink device?
Sometimes I had issues with hardware in ubuntu and raspbian and had to manually create the link which then links back to ttyUSB0.