This page is all about getting your Mac 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. The download link is here
- 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.
Before we start, if you already have NCS installed, you can skip to Step 8. Let's begin!
Installing the latest SDK is a snap and only takes a few steps. Let's walk through them here:
Download and install nRF Connect For Desktop
Copy the app to your Applications folder
Open up the app and install the Toolchain Manager
Then open it up.
Scroll to the bottom and click Install package from other source
Then paste this url into the box and click ok.
The download and install will take a few minutes. Hang out, take a walk, sing a song and come back later.
Finally, once installed you'll have a dropdown that you can access. Click on it and then the Open Terminal option.
To get the nRF9160 Feather examples we'll update
/opt/nordic/ncs/v1.4.1/nrf/west.yml. First in the
- name: circuitdojo url-base: https://github.com/circuitdojo
So it looks like:
- name: alexa url-base: https://github.com/alexa - name: circuitdojo url-base: https://github.com/circuitdojo
Then in the
projectssection add at the bottom:
- name: nfed repo-path: nrf9160-feather-examples-and-drivers revision: v1.4.x path: nfed remote: circuitdojo
So it looks like:
... - name: Alexa-Gadgets-Embedded-Sample-Code path: modules/alexa-embedded revision: face92d8c62184832793f518bb1f19379538c5c1 remote: alexa - name: nfed repo-path: nrf9160-feather-examples-and-drivers revision: v1.4.x path: nfed remote: circuitdojo
west updatein your freshly created terminal session. This will fetch the nRF9160 Feather examples.
For loading code to your nRF9160 Feather, you'll need to download and copy a custom version of
newtmgr. Open a terminal window and run:
cd ~/Downloads wget "https://docs.jaredwolff.com/files/newtmgr/darwin/newtmgr.zip" unzip newtmgr.zip mv newtmgr /opt/nordic/ncs/v1.4.1/toolchain/bin rm newtmgr.zip
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/tty.SLAB_USBtoUART,baud=1000000'
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
tty.SLAB_USBtoUARTto ensure you're targeting the correct device during programming.
Having trouble? You may have to install the drivers.
For more info in using
newtmgr checkout the programming section of this documentation.
Follow the same steps as above. Except for Step 9. Then copy your
nfed directory from your old setup to the new SDK folder. It will be in
/opt/nordic/ncs/v1.4.1/. You'll want to checkout the latest using
git pull && git checkout v1.4.1.
Now you can get to playing around with some of the nRF9160 Feather example code! Remember you'll always have to open a terminal using the Toolchain Manager to build code!
You can quickly test if your SDK is set up correctly by checking out the