Using micro:bit in 5 easy steps

Step 1: Connect It

Connect the micro:bit to your computer via a micro USB cable. Macs, PCs, Chromebooks and Linux systems are all supported. It comes with a fun application, give it a try!

micro:bit being plugged in and turning on Your micro:bit will show up on your computer as a drive called 'MICROBIT'. Watch out though, it's not a normal USB disk!

Step 2: Program It

Using one of our fantastic editors, write your first micro:bit code. For example drag and drop some blocks and try your program on the Simulator in the Javascript Blocks Editor, like in the image below

Making a flashing heart in Javascript Blocks Editor

Click here to try making this example yourself

Step 3: Download It

Click the Download button in the editor. This will download a 'hex' file, which is a compact format of your program that your micro:bit can read. Once the hex file has downloaded, copy it to your micro:bit just like copying a file to a USB drive. On Windows you can right click and choose "Send To→MICROBIT."

Windows "Send To"

using Send To context menu on Windows

Mac Drag and Drop

using drag and drop on mac OS

Step 4: Play It

The micro:bit will pause and the yellow LED on the back of the micro:bit will blink while your code is programmed. Once that's finished the code will run automatically! micro:bit yellow LED flashing and new code starting The MICROBIT drive will automatically eject and come back each time you program it, but your hex file will be gone. The micro:bit can only receive hex files and won't store anything else!

What cool stuff will you create? Your micro:bit can respond to the buttons, light, motion, and temperature. It can even send messages wirelessly to other micro:bits using the 'Radio' feature.

Check out the hardware page for more inspiration.

Step 5: Master it

This page shows you how to get started with micro:bit, but as well as JavaScript Blocks you can use Python and text-based JavaScript to program your micro:bit. Head over to the Let's Code page to see the different languages, or check out the ideas page for some things you might like to try out.