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Request for Arduino

Greetings everybody,

It seems to me the Arduino open-source electronics prototyping platform is a perfect match for PortableApps, but I was surprised that it has not been ported. I have downloaded the stuff to start working on it, but I don't have as much free time as I used to, and I hoped someone else could do this faster than me.

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

The software is available for Mac OS, Windows, and Linux at — it doesn't require installation but just unzip and run so it shouldn't be too hard to convert.

Any takers?


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but I don't think this can be portable. You need to install drivers, which cannot be done on every computer. Basically, the idea is wrong, it basically not useful to have on every PC you go on. (Sorry :() Welcome to Smile
Oh, and does anyone know a good circuit board simulator like Virtual Labs Electricity (that's gone dead)?

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The only drivers that need to be installed are

FTDI drivers, which treat the USB port as a COM port. They are very general purpose and are available from Many applications use these drivers, just like many applications use .net libraries, so I don't think this is a show stopper.

I'm obviously new here, but could the startup have an option to install the drivers if needed.


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And besides

You only need the drivers to program the Arduino, you don't need any drivers to develop code.

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Admin Priv

"could the startup have an option to install the drivers"

That would require Admin privileges Sad

"just like many applications use .net libraries"

.Net is a NO NO around here Sad


Things have got to get better, they can't get worse, or can they?

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Arduino followup


Does anyone know if these limitations are still show stoppers or if they still exist?


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The app requires you to install drivers at the system level. You can only do this as an admin (aka if you own the PC), so that makes it a non-starter as a portable app. This isn't like system tools where you can only use them as an admin anyway (so they're useful for sysadmins walking around and fixing multiple PCs). This is an app that shouldn't require admin rights just to function but does due to the fact that it requires a driver. So, you'd only be able to use this on your own PC. It wouldn't work in a library, net cafe, work PC, university PC, etc.

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Thanks for your answer. I understand. I had hoped that there would
have been a change in the situation. It is too bad it has not been.

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Current situation

Hi all,
I wondered if the arduino IDE can be made portable myself, which lead me to this thread.

As a matter of fact, there's a couple of things that need clarification:
To run the IDE itself as for writing code, in which case it's no more than a glorified text editor (you'd better stick with Notepad++), there's no need to install any drivers at all.
There are drivers involved at some point, that's true, but that's not the entire truth.
If you then decide to download the binary output to an arduino board, it all depends on what board it is. Some boards run with an FTDI FT232 or similar, but that seems to be older board generations. Recent versions use an AtmegaxxUx chip, which would be a second driver required. And also there's the Due, running with an entirely different chip, which would be the third.

BUT, there's also the option of downloading code to an arduino board via a standard good old RS-232 port on your pc, which doesn't require any additional drivers (downloading code to an arduino generally uses a bootloader communicating via any serial port).

So the question if this can be made portable should not depend on the question 'does it require drivers?', as it can be used without. More of a problem might be, that it ships with it's own copy of java.
This would be an entirely different discussion.

My final thought on this: why not make winavr portable? take winavr and notepad++ and you can do almost anything the arduino IDE can.

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Arduino & Processing portable

I have a Arduino portable and Processing portable. They work great. Contact me at [nicci02 "at" hotmail "dot" com] if you want one of these or if you like to post the packages somewhere.

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Virtual Breadboard

I just downloaded Virtual Breadboard ( and copied it to my portableapps folder.
It does also simulates arduino connections.

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Portable Arduino Studio

Can you please add the open source Arduino Studio ( please? Thank you very much.

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Portable mode exists

I have Arduino IDE now running in PortableApps as I type this. They now have a package available for people without admin privileges. "Windows ZIP file for non admin install".

You simply add a folder labelled "portable" inside the extracted folder, and boosh! Biggrin

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