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Installing and Running XOD

To work with XOD, you use the XOD integrated development environment (IDE for short), which comes in two flavors: browser-based and desktop version.

Browser-based IDE #

You can start the browser-based XOD IDE simply by visiting the link. However, because the browser has relatively few permissions to access the computer’s file system and USB-ports, its capabilities are quite limited.

Notably, you can’t upload your program directly to the board from within your browser and you won’t get the convenient save/load functionality.

However, you can import/export your programs as a single file (known as a xodball), generate source code that you could copy and paste into an Arduino IDE, and then upload it to the board via the Arduino IDE.

Desktop IDE #

XOD IDE for desktop requires installing, but provides all features. It works on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Find a distribution package for your system on downloads page.

What’s next #

Once you start XOD IDE, you’ll see the welcome-to-xod project open. It’s a tutorial project split on many small lessons. Follow instuctions in its comments to learn XOD. There is a web version of the tutorial if you just want to get shallow understanding.

You’ll need some hardware components to compete the tutorial, here is the list of parts.

Found a typo or mistake? Want to improve the text? Edit this page on GitHub and open a pull request. If you have a complex proposal or you want to discuss the content, feel free to start a new thread on XOD forum.