Mac AVR install simplified

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Mac AVR install simplified

Perhaps you’ve considered dabbling in AVR programming on OS X, maybe even sharpen up on Unix syntax in the process. Unfortunately, installing the Mac/AVR toolchain can be a very frustrating experience to the uninitiated. The process involves locating and installing countless interdependent apps, tools, and libraries. But just before giving in and trying another OS – help arrives! Check out AVR MacPack. This software package installs via the standard Mac method, just a few clicks and you’ve got all the necessary components for compiling and programming. –Link

AVR MacPack overview:

  • Universal binaries, runs on PowerPC and Intel Macs.
  • Includes gcc (the GNU C compiler) in versions 3 and 4.
  • Does not depend on Xcode for building AVR code.
  • Runs on Mac OS X 10.3 and higher.
  • Includes the same patches for new devices as WinAVR does.
  • Includes gdb for debugging with simulavr and avarice.

    All for the low low price of – free.

    Macpack –Link

    Programming MCUs on a Mac
    Programming AVR MCUs on a Mac –Link

  • 6 thoughts on “Mac AVR install simplified

    1. Vrogy says:


    2. Don't forget OSX-AVR says:

      Macpack looks nice, but AVR development on OS X hasn’t been the nightmare you describe for a long time. I’ve been using the OSX-AVR package for quite a while and it’s great.

    3. Windell Oskay says:

      I second that: OSX-AVR is very, very good.
      Windows users: Go straight for WinAVR, of course.

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