Getting started: mDesigner for Mac

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The guide below is a software setup guide for mDesign under the Mac OS platform aimed for general use of Microduino products.

For kit specific getting started guides please follow the appropriate links in the #Kit_Specific_Software_Setup_Guides section:

Kit Specific Software Setup Guides

If your kit is not listed, please proceed following the general setup guide below.


Download the latest mDesigner (for Mac): HERE

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Security Settings

  • Change your settings to allow identified developers by going to: (Apple Logo) >>> System Preferences...
  • Then go to Security & Privacy.

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  • Click on then Lock icon and enter your credentials to be able to change settings.
  • Under Allow apps download from: select App Store and identified developers
  • Click the Lock icon again to lock and save changes.

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  • Open the downloaded file. A folder will open containing the mDesigner software and drivers for the hardware.

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Drivers Installation

CP210X Driver

  • Open the CP210X Install folder. This is a driver that needs to be installed.

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  • Open SliLabsUSBDriverDisk.dmg. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

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CH34x Driver

  • Important Note: This driver requires you to restart your computer. Save all work before installing this driver!!!
  • Once completed return to the main folder. Open the USBTTL-C Install folder. This folder contains the driver needed to communicate with the Microduino hardware.

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  • Launch the CH34x_Install___.pkg to start the driver installation process.

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  • Follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

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Application Copying

  • Return back to the open downloaded folder and open the Application shortcut. This will open a your Application folder on your computer.

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  • Drag the mDesigner folder into the opened Application folder. This will copy the folder into your computer's Application folder.
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  • Locate the mDesigner folder in your computer's Application folder (if there is partial circle, it is currently copying, wait until copying is complete).
  • Locate the file and launch it. (Make a note, you'll launch mDesigner from this location in the future.)

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  • Confirm you wish to open the file downloaded from the internet. This only needs to be done once.

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  • mDesigner will start loading.

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  • mDesigner will complete loading and will be ready to use.

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