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Ubuntu and Debian

Steps to get ready to run BrainBuilder Development Studio for the first time:


Check the minimum system requirements:

  • Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) (or newer), Debian Stable/Buster/10.9
  • Display size 1024 x 768
  • All security updates installed

You may be able to use other versions, but we do not test these. If you run into problems when using other versions, you have to fix them yourself.


  • Download the BrainBuilder Development Studio Linux installer package

  • BrainBuilder makes use of AVRDude. If it is not already installed, install it:

      sudo apt install avrdude
    • Check if avrdude has been installed correctly:

      avrdude -?
    • That should display the help for avrdude.

AVRDude help


  • Install the package:

      sudo dpkg -i ./brainbuilder_[version]_amd64.deb
installing installer package

Check group membership for accessing your development board

  • Connect your development board

  • Look up by which group it is owned:

    ls -l /dev/tty*
  • The one to look out for will be named /dev/ttyUSB[number] or /dev/ttyACM[number], for example:

    crw-rw----+ 1 root dialout 188,  0 nov  9 10:05 /dev/ttyUSB0
  • Usually the group it belongs to, is group ‘dialout’. Check if you are a member:

  • Add yourself to the ‘dialout’ group if you are not a member:

    sudo usermod -a -G dialout [your user name]

Start the BrainBuilder Development Studio

  • Start BrainBuilder from the menu (Programming):
Mate menu - programming
  • Or create a desktop shortcut for:

  • Or start BrainBuilder from a terminal window, add /opt/brainbuilder/bin/ to PATH, whichever you prefer

Linux desktop with BrainBuilder

Start creating!

  • Connect your development board if it isn’t already connected
  • Continue to Quickstart