How to Install The Latest Arduino IDE 1.6.6 in Ubuntu

Install latest Arduino in Ubuntu

Quick tutorial shows you how to the latest Arduino IDE, so far its version 1.6.6, in all current Ubuntu releases.

The open-source Arduino IDE has reached the 1.6.6 release recently with lots of changes. The new release has switched to Java 8, which is now both bundled and needed for compiling the IDE. See the RELEASE NOTE for details.

Arduino 1.6.6 in Ubuntu 15.10

For those who don’t want to use the old 1.0.5 version available in Software Center, you can always follow below steps to install Arduino in all Ubuntu releases:

Replace the words in red for future releases

1. Download the latest packages, Linux 32-bit or Linux 64-bit, from the official link below:

Don’t know your OS type? Go and check out System Settings -> Details -> Overview.

2. Open terminal from Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T keys. When it opens, run below commands one by one:

Navigate to your downloads folder:

cd ~/Downloads


Decompress the downloaded archive with tar command:

tar -xvf arduino-1.6.6-*.tar.xz


Move the result folder to /opt/ directory for global use:

sudo mv arduino-1.6.6 /opt


3. Now the IDE is ready for use with bundled Java. But it would be good to create desktop icon/launcher for the application:

Navigate to install folder:

cd /opt/arduino-1.6.6/

Give executable permission to script in that folder:

chmod +x

Finally run the script to install both desktop shortcut and launcher icon:


In below picture I’ve combined 3 commands into one via “&&”:


Finally, launch Arduino IDE from Unity Dash, Application Launcher, or via Desktop shorcut.

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