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Creating a build/development environment

This project uses the simple PlatformIO build system. PlatformIO is an extension to Microsoft VSCode.

GUI Installation

  1. Install Python.
  2. Install Git or GitHub Desktop
  3. Install Microsoft Visual Studio Code
  4. Install PlatformIO.
  5. Click the PlatformIO icon on the side bar. platformio icon
  6. Under Quick Access, Miscellaneous, Clone Git Project enter the URL of the Meshtastic repo found here. image
  7. Select a file location to save the repo.
  8. Once loaded, open the platformio.ini file.
  9. At the line default_envs you can change it to the board type you are building for ie. tlora-v2, tlora-v1, tlora-v2-1-1.6, tbeam, heltec, tbeam0.7 (boards are listed further down in the file).
  10. The hardware can be configured for different countries by adding a definition to the configuration.h file. #define HW_VERSION_US or HW_VERSION_EU433, HW_VERSION_EU865, HW_VERSION_CN, HW_VERSION_JP. Other country settings can be found in MeshRadio.h. The default is HW_VERSION_US.
  11. Click the PlatformIO icon on the side bar. Under Project Tasks you can now build or upload.

To get a clean build you may have to delete the auto-generated file ./.vscode/c_cpp_properties.json, close and re-open Visual Studio and WAIT until the file is auto-generated before compiling again.