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Arduino Setup


If this is your first time using Arduino, please read through our tutorial on installing the Arduino IDE. If you have not installed an Arduino library before, we recommend you check out our installation guide.

With the ESP32-C6 Thing Plus connected to our computer, it's time to set up the boards package in Arduino.

Installing espressif Arduino Boards


As of this writing, the Thing Plus ESP32-C6 is awaiting approval to be included in the alpha version of the ESP32 boards package (3.0.0-alpha2 currently) so it is not included in the alpha install but we're hoping it gets added very soon. We'll keep an eye out for the next update (whether it be to alpha or a full release of v3.0.0) and update this page once it is out.

To install the ESP32 boards package, open the Preferences menu by navigating to File > Preferences. Look at the bottom of the Preferences menu for "Additional boards manager URLS" and then copy this JSON link into that field:

Click "Ok" and then open the Boards Manager tool, search for "espressif ESP32" and install the latest alpha release (3.0.0-alpha2 or later). This install process may take some time so feel free to step away while it downloads and installs.

ESP32 Boards manager install.

As mentioned above, the espressif ESP32 Arduino Boards package should soon include the Thing Plus - ESP32-C6. In the meantime, users can get most of the functionality from this board by selecting either the "SparkFun ESP32-C6 Qwiic Pocket" or the "ESP32C6 Dev Module". The Qwiic Pocket will have things like the Qwiic/I2C bus tied to the same pins as the Thing Plus.

espressif IDF

Users who prefer to use espressif's development toolkit, espressif IDF, can get started by following their instructions here and ESP32-C6 specific documentation here.