This page is all about getting your Linux machine compiling code for the nRF9160 Feather. Run into trouble during the process? Post your questions on the community forum.
- Install or use the code editor of your choice. I personally use Microsoft Visual Studio Code. You can download directly from the Ubuntu Software Install utility.
- If you decide to use Visual Studio Code, make sure you install the C/C++ and Cortex-Debug extentions using the built in extension marketplace.
Install dependencies using
sudo apt install --no-install-recommends git cmake ninja-build gperf \ ccache dfu-util device-tree-compiler wget \ python3-dev python3-pip python3-setuptools python3-tk python3-wheel xz-utils file \ make gcc gcc-multilib g++-multilib libsdl2-dev
If it's older than 3.13.3, you'll have to install a newer version using the instructions here.
west. West is the most important utility for using nRF Connect SDK & Zephyr. You'll become quite familliar with very soon.
pip3 install --user -U west
Then make sure that
~/.local/binis added to your path:
echo 'export PATH=~/.local/bin:"$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc source ~/.bashrc
Now create a folder on your machine and call it
nfed(short for nRF9160 Feather Examples and Drivers). Open a terminal to this folder and initialize nRF Connect SDK using
cd ~ mkdir nfed cd nfed west init -m https://github.com/circuitdojo/nrf9160-feather-examples-and-drivers --mr main
Note: if you are using an
ncsdirectory structure (older documentation) you can do this with the same effect:
cd ncs git clone https://github.com/circuitdojo/nrf9160-feather-examples-and-drivers nrf9160-feather
Once your nRF Connect SDK compontents are downloaded, you'll need to fetch the remaining SDK:
You'll see a bunch of output go by as
westdownloads dependencies using Git.
Here's what your
nfedfolder should look like:
❯ tree -L 1 . ├── bootloader ├── build ├── latest ├── mbedtls ├── modules ├── nrf ├── nrf9160-feather ├── nrfxlib ├── test ├── tools └── zephyr
Installing the remaining SDK requirements using
pip3 install -r zephyr/scripts/requirements.txt pip3 install -r nrf/scripts/requirements.txt pip3 install -r bootloader/mcuboot/scripts/requirements.txt
Note: there may be an error during the first
pip3 installyou can safely ignore them.
- First download the latest Zephyr SDK installer:
cd ~ wget https://github.com/zephyrproject-rtos/sdk-ng/releases/download/v0.11.4/zephyr-sdk-0.11.4-setup.run
- Then run it:
chmod +x zephyr-sdk-0.11.4-setup.run ./zephyr-sdk-0.11.4-setup.run -- -d ~/zephyr-sdk-0.11.4
- Finally install the udev rules which allows you to flash boards using a programmer.
sudo cp ~/zephyr-sdk-0.11.4/sysroots/x86_64-pokysdk-linux/usr/share/openocd/contrib/60-openocd.rules /etc/udev/rules.d sudo udevadm control --reload
For loading code to your nRF9160 Feather, you'll need to download and copy a custom version of
newtmgrto a folder in your
cd ~/Downloads wget "https://docs.jaredwolff.com/files/newtmgr/linux/newtmgr.zip" unzip newtmgr.zip mv newtmgr ~/.local/bin rm newtmgr.zip
If you're not sure,
~/.local/binis always a good spot for these types of binaries.
Then you'll need to add your serial profile to make it easier to download/update your device:
newtmgr conn add serial type=serial connstring='dev=/dev/ttyUSB0,baud=1000000' newtmgr -c serial reset
If you have multiple Silicon Labs CP2102 connected to your machine your serial port may be named differently. I recommend you unplug all devices that could be named
ttyUSB0to ensure you're targeting the correct device during programming.
Note if you get a
Error: open /dev/ttyUSB0: permission deniederror. You'll have to fix permissions for the serial device for all users. Here are the steps:
vi(or your editor of choice)
sudo vi /etc/udev/rules.d/50-myusb.rules
Then within the editor hit i, paste this:
Hit the esc button and then type
For more info in using
newtmgr checkout the programming section of this documentation.
You can quickly test if your SDK is set up correctly by checking out the