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Get Started Now with PIC® Microcontrollers

From intuitive development boards to a cloud-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE), PIC® microcontrollers (MCUs) are very easy to use. Follow this quick start guide to see for yourself!

Step 1: Open MPLAB® Xpress in a browser

MPLAB® Xpress is a cloud-based IDE that contains everything you need to create, debug, compile and program code directly to your PIC MCU. Minimize the amount of code you need to write with MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC), a graphical programming interface plugin that is included in MPLAB Xpress.

To start creating, compiling and debugging code right now, open Microchip’s cloud-based IDE MPLAB Xpress in your browser.

Use MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC), a graphical programming interface plugin included in MPLAB Xpress, to easily configure your MCU’s rich set of peripherals and functions specific to your application.

PRO TIP: For more intensive development, download MPLAB® X IDE - Microchip’s full-featured IDE software package. You can customize your IDE with several plugins, including MCC.

Step 2: Connect a development board

MPLAB Xpress Evaluation Board

For rapid prototyping, Microchip offers the general-purpose MPLAB Xpress Evaluation Board. The board is a comprehensive development solution that has been designed so that even the newest developers will find it intuitive. It has all the components you need to get started and was designed with a single objective - to help your ideas take the shortest journey from imagination to reality!

PRO TIP: The Curiosity Board is a cost-effective, fully-integrated 8-bit development platform targeted at those seeking a feature-rich rapid prototyping board.

Step 3: Try out some examples

The MPLAB Xpress Example Section contains hundreds of examples covering a breadth of topics, from IDE basics to advanced application tools.

Get answers to your questions, browse through thousands of past troubleshooting solutions, and even view training modules through the Developer Help Page.

PRO TIP: A wide variety of application notes are available on every product page. These documents are written by technical experts and show you how you can easily take your embedded design further.

Microchip Minutes - MPLAB Xpress Edition
Walk through the process of getting started with MPLAB Xpress with a technical expert. This series of short videos give demonstrations of MPLAB Xpress capabilities, starting with how to open a new project and progressing to advanced topics.

PRO TIP: Tune in to Livestreams for a unique opportunity to discover how you can use your MCU more effectively, learn insider tips/tricks and get your questions answered by a Microchip engineer, all live – or, as we like to say, in real time.