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Compile and upload Arduino sketches from command line

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arduino-sketch lets you compile and upload Arduino Sketches without the IDE. Just use your favorite editor to write the Arduino .ino files and call arduino-sketch my.ino -u.


arduino-sketch my.ino will compile the my.ino file. It remembers the name of your sketch, so you can just call arduino-sketch the next time.

See arduino-sketch –help for more info.


arduino-sketch uses local configuration (.arduino_sketch) and a user configuration (~/.arduino_sketch). Some configuration options are:


Path to the Arduino core directory. Should contain the hardware and tools directory.


Path to avr-xxx binaries.


The Arduino serial device. Defaults to /dev/ttyUSB*, but this will only work if you have a single USB serial device attached.


The name/type of the Arduino. See –list-boards and –board options.


arduino-sketch is [registered at the Python Package Index (PyPi)](, so you can install it with pip or easy_install.

You will still need the core components of Arduino 1.0 or higher. Note that arduino-core on Debian 6.0 is <1.0. [See here on how to install a package from Debian testing.](

For example on Debian:

sudo aptitude install arduino-core python-pip libyaml-perl sudo pip install arduino-sketch

To uninstall:

sudo pip uninstall arduino-sketch


arduino-sketch is licensed under the MIT license. It ships with and ard-parse-boards which are licensed under LGPL 2.1.

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