How To Install Arduino IDE on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Arduino IDE on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Arduino IDE on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Arduino integrated development environment (IDE) is a cross-platform application between Processing and Wiring, its software work with Arduino hardware, and it introduces programming to artists and other newcomers unfamiliar with software development. The Arduino IDE contains an editor that is used to write and upload programs to the Arduino board. Before starting to create projects via Arduino, users need to set up the IDE for the programmable board.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Arduino IDE on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Arduino IDE on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Arduino IDE on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Install Arduino IDE from the official website.

Now download the latest version of the Arduino IDE from the Arduino website:


Next, extract the files:

tar -xvf arduino-1.8.13-linux64.tar.xz

Then, cd into the folder; there will be a file named in the folder. To install the IDE, execute with:

cd arduino-1.8.13
sudo ./
  • Install Arduino IDE from Snap.

Run the following command to install Arduino:

sudo snap install arduino

Step 3. Accessing Arduino IDE on Ubuntu.

Before launching the IDE, connect your Arduino board to your computer with a USB cable. Arduino should be available in the (Unity menu). If not, it can be launched from the command line by running Arduino:


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Arduino. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Arduino IDE on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Arduino website.

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