How to Build Ardupilot with Arduino From Version 3.1

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How to Build Ardupilot with Arduino
From Version 3.1
For APM 2.0, 2.5, and 2.6
By Philip Rowse
ProfiCNC
Rowse Avionics
Contents
Step 1 Install Git-SCM ....................................................................................................................................................... 3
Step 2 Download source ................................................................................................................................................... 5
Step 3 Install MHV_AVR_Tools to its default location. ..................................................................................................... 7
Step 4 Install ArduPilot-Arduino ....................................................................................................................................... 9
Step 5. Configure Arduino ............................................................................................................................................... 10
Step 6 Connect your APM to your USB ........................................................................................................................... 12
Step 7 Configure Arducopter. ......................................................................................................................................... 14
Step 8 Upload to your ArduPilot. .................................................................................................................................... 16
WARNING ........................................................................................................................................................................ 17
Updating your code......................................................................................................................................................... 17
Step 1 Install Git-SCM
http://git-scm.com/download/win
Please follow the screenshots below to make your selections during install.
Step 2 Download source
In your C: drive, make a folder called GIT
Go to C:\GIT in windows Explorer (My computer)
Right click anywhere in the folder and click git bash
This screen will come up
In this screen type
git clone git://github.com/diydrones/ardupilot.git
When it is finished it should look like this….
Step 3 Install MHV_AVR_Tools to its default location.
http://firmware.diydrones.com/Tools/Arduino/MHV_AVR_Tools_20121007.exe
Step 4 Install ArduPilot-Arduino
Next unzip the special ArduPilot Arduino package
This is a new version, using the 4.7.2 version of GCC
http://firmware.diydrones.com/Tools/Arduino/ArduPilot-Arduino-1.0.3-gcc-4.7.2-windows.zip
I unzipped this Directly to my C: drive.
Step 5. Configure Arduino
Go to your Arduino folder
Double click the Arduino icon
When Arduino opens, go to the file menu
Select preferences
Set Sketchbook location to your Ardupilot directory in your GIT folder.
Also set verbose for both compile and upload
And DO NOT check for updates on start-up… (Remember, this is a special version just for ArduPilot.)
Click OK and close Arduino
Step 6 Connect your APM to your USB
Re-open Ardupilot and under the file tab, click on sketchbook, then the program you wish to load onto your APM2.x
(for this example we will use Arducopter, though the others use the same methods.
Once this is loaded, click on the Ardupilot tab, and
select Ardupilot mega 2.x out of the HAL options.
Then click the “Tools” tab,
and select “Arduino Mega 2560 or Mega ADK” from the “Board” tab.
Next select the “Tools” tab again, and set the “Serial Port” to the one your APM is connected to.
In my case it was COM4, but check under device manager / Ports to find out on your system..
Step 7 Configure Arducopter.
Click on the APM_Config.h file tab.
Enable or disable the features you wish in this file.
Ie if you want to compile with auto tune enabled, make sure the line
#define AUTOTUNE
DISABLED
// disable the auto tune functionality to save 7k of flash
ENABLED
// disable the auto tune functionality to save 7k of flash
Is changed to
#define AUTOTUNE
Save this file and select the file Arducopter.
At this point you are ready to compile.
I would choose Verify for the first attempt.
Step 8 Upload to your ArduPilot.
Then if all is well
This may take a while…
You should end up with…
Configure Your ArduPilot using planner, as normal.
WARNING
The code you have just compiled is now UN-TESTED in your configuration. Please use only for testing. If you are not
confident, please just use mission planner to upload pre-compiled code.
Updating your code
Please ensure that the version of code on your PC is the latest version, use git to update your code to the latest code.

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