Install uPyCraft IDE – Windows PC Instructions

There are different firmwares that you can use to program the ESP32 and ESP8266 boards. If you want to program the ESP32 or ESP8266 board using the MicroPython firmware, we recommend using uPyCraft IDE. uPyCraft IDE runs in any major operating system. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to install the uPyCraft IDE for MicroPython on a Windows PC.

If you’re using a different operating system, make sure you follow the right guide:

After installing uPyCraft IDE in your computer, we recommend reading: Getting Started with MicroPython on ESP32 and ESP8266.

Installing Python 3.7.X – Windows PC

Before installing uPyCraft IDE, make sure you have the latest version of Python 3.7.X installed in your computer. If you don’t, follow the next instructions to install Python 3.7.X.

1. Go to the Python Downloads page: www.python.org/downloads and download the installation file.

2. After a few seconds, you should have a file called python-3.7.X.exe file in your computer. Double-click the file to open it.

3. Enable the option at the bottom “Add Python 3.7 to PATH“. Then, press the “Install Now” button:

4. Wait a few seconds while the software completes the installation process…

5. When it’s done, you should see the message “Setup was successful” and you can close that window.

Installing uPyCraft IDE – Windows PC

As mentioned before, for this tutorial we’ll be using uPyCraft IDE to program the ESP32 or ESP8266 boards using the MicroPython firmware. In our opinion, uPyCraft IDE is the easiest way of programming ESP based boards with MicroPython at the moment.

You can learn more about uPyCraft IDE on their GitHub repository or explore the uPyCraft IDE source code.

Downloading uPyCraft IDE for Windows

Click here to download uPyCraft IDE for Windows or go to this link https://randomnerdtutorials.com/uPyCraftWindows. After a few seconds you should see a similar file (uPyCraft_VX.exe) in your Downloads folder:

Double-click that file. A new window opens with the uPyCraft IDE software:

We’ll be using this software to flash our ESP based boards with MicroPython firmware as well as to program the boards.

Follow the next tutorial to flash your ESP boards with the MicroPyhton firmware:

Wrapping Up

We hope you’ve found this tutorial useful. This is a quick guide that shows how to install uPyCraft IDE on a Windows computer. If you have a different operating system, read one of the following guides:

Learn more about MicroPython with our eBook: MicroPython Programming with ESP32 and ESP8266


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20 thoughts on “Install uPyCraft IDE – Windows PC Instructions”

  1. I did find MQTT however I can’t get it to connect.
    I am using Win 7 pro. I see the port in device manager and is working.
    I select the ESP8266 and serial port
    it comes back with
    could not open port ‘COM7’: PermissionError(13, ‘Access is denied.’, None, 5)
    The device is ok I can load the provider list in my area just fine in Arduino.
    James

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    • Hi John.
      This is an open-source project and all the source code is available.
      I definitely think this software is secure and you don’t need to worry about.
      However, most antivirus won’t allow you to download .exe files from the internet and flag it as suspicious. But you can trust the software. We’re using it without any problems.

      Reply
  2. Hi,
    I have uPycraft 1.1 and a new NodeMCU ESP32S. Opening PuTTY to COM9 and pressing reset, I can see it boot. I flashed it with uPython 1.9.4-683
    There is nothing happening in the uPycraft though. It just says “open serial error”.

    Any suggestions how to get a file onto this unit?
    Thank you. Your tutorials are great.

    Reply
  3. I wanted to install uPyCraft on my W10 Pro PC. First I did install the latest version of Python3.7.3 as of today and then I downloaded the file uPyCraft and unzipped it to uPyCraft.exe. When trying to have the IDe installed I get the error message that I have to install the font “SourceCodePro” Checking my W10 pro I got the message the font was already installed. What can I do to fix this?

    Here the content of the uPyCraft.log:

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “uPyCraft.py”, line 2835, in
    File “uPyCraft.py”, line 87, in __init__
    File “uPyCraft.py”, line 217, in setFont
    FileNotFoundError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: ‘C:/Users/Hellmut Kohlsdorf/AppData/Roaming/SPB_Data/Desktop/SourceCodePro.ttf’
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “uPyCraft.py”, line 2835, in
    File “uPyCraft.py”, line 87, in __init__
    File “uPyCraft.py”, line 217, in setFont
    FileNotFoundError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: ‘C:/Users/Hellmut Kohlsdorf/AppData/Roaming/SPB_Data/Desktop/SourceCodePro.ttf’
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “uPyCraft.py”, line 2835, in
    File “uPyCraft.py”, line 87, in __init__
    File “uPyCraft.py”, line 217, in setFont
    FileNotFoundError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: ‘C:/Users/Hellmut Kohlsdorf/AppData/Roaming/SPB_Data/Desktop/SourceCodePro.ttf’

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  4. hello dear Sara – many many thanks for all your work and the great support. this is very supportive.

    your tutorials on the topics uPyCraft, installing on win and linux and the work with ESP32 and 8266 are appreciated.

    keep up the great work – it rocks.

    martin

    Reply
  5. hello dear Sara

    where can i find the neweset version of upyCraft!? I only have the version 1.0 but there must be a newer version out there.

    do you know where i can obtain this!?

    love to hear from you

    Reply
  6. howdy – good day – well this is outstanding and very cool

    but plz do not forget to mention that many ppl out there would need a driver
    the famous Silicon labs CP210X USB to UART Bridge

    this might be pretty important for many folks.

    besides that – this is a very hot piece of software. Thanks for bringing this to us.

    Reply
  7. dear Sara,

    I am trying to install it on Linux too – on a MX-Linux which is debian based. But at the moment i have troubles to do that.
    BTW – you have a similar site – for installing upycraft on Linux – but there some more observance would be great! I guess that many many ppl want to install upycraft on their linux box.

    Besides upyCraft i am also configuring

    – vscode
    – pyCharme

    to work on Windows and Linux. I am glad for all recommendations and hints regarding the setup of VSCODE and PyCharme to work with MicroPython

    keep up your great work on this place.

    Reply

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