Gebruik je micro:bit in 5 makkelijke stappen

Stap 1: Verbinden

Connect the micro:bit to your computer via a micro USB cable (using a phone or tablet? Click here to discover how to code the micro:bit from a mobile device). Macs, PCs, Chromebooks and Linux systems (including Raspberry Pi) are all supported. It comes with a fun application, give it a try!

Je micro:bit zal zich bekend maken op je computer als een station met de naam 'MICROBIT'. Kijk wel goed uit, het is geen normaal USB station!

Stap 2: Programmeren

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 MakeCode Editor, like in the image below that shows how to program a Flashing Heart.

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 "Verstuur naar"

using Send To context menu on Windows

Mac Drag en drop

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!

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 ideas page for more inspiration.

Step 5: Master it

This page shows you how to get started with micro:bit, but as well as MakeCode 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.

Contact support to get more help with your micro:bit.

Coding the micro:bit from a phone or tablet

Using a mobile device? You can code the micro:bit from a phone or tablet using Bluetooth. Tap here to learn more and get started!

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