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How To Setup Arduino IDE

One of the great things about the RF devices by komby is the ease of programming. All of the RF1 and RFShowControl devices are able to be programmed with the Arduino IDE! The Arduino IDE is an open source Development Environment which makes it really easy to load code onto a RF1 or RFShowControl device.

Getting the IDE

These instructions are for use with the Arduino IDE 1.6.x (currently 1.6.7)

Pictures shown in this wiki may use RFPixelControl instead of RFShowControl. RFPixelControl was the old library name. The process of installing/upgrading is the same.

  • For Mac - Zipped archive; just unzip it and put it where you keep your programs.
  • For Windows - Installer, Execute the installer.
  • Double Click the Arduino application and launch it for the first time.
    Click to Launch Arduino IDE

Now that was fun, but we need some libraries to make this all work. Close the Arduino Application

Installing RFShowControl firmware to your Arduino IDE.

WARNING: If you have a previous version of the library you need to manually uninstall it first. Everything that is packaged with the full release zip needs to be removed / reinstalled. There are breaking changes in the support libraries that require this step.

Uninstall Step 1

Go to your "My Documents/Arduino/libraries" folder select all of the folders and back them up into a zip archive (that's */Users/Documents/Arduino/Libraries/* on a Mac).

Backup previous libraries just in case.

Uninstall Step 2

After you verify that they all zipped up correctly, delete the old versions.

Once they are backed up you need to remove the old stuff.

Download and install

Now its time to install

Go to -

The current release at time of writing this wiki is

You only need to download the big green button zip file. it has the RFPixelControl code and all the needed support libraries.

Download the full release zip not the source code zip or tar you need the support libraries in this zip.

You will need to unzip once you download. First unzip the release

Unzip to a local folder.

Navigate inside the folder and copy all of the containing folders. You need to copy these to your Arduino/libraries folder.

  • on Windows this is in "My Documents/Arduino/libraries"
    Copy the RFShowControl folder and all of the support libraries.

paste them into the Arduino/libraries folder.

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If your library folder looks like the above picture you are ALL DONE!! YAY !