This page will show you how to install the MPLAB® Harmony 3 Launcher plugin and how to download the MPLAB Harmony framework. It also provides a brief overview of the MPLAB® Harmony Configurator (MHC) user interface.
MPLAB Harmony 3 Launcher includes the MPLAB Harmony 3 Content Manager and MHC. The content manager is used to download and update the Harmony 3 framework on your local machine. You should install MPLAB Harmony 3 Launcher before downloading the framework.
MPLAB Harmony Configurator (MHC) is a graphical user interface for the MPLAB Harmony framework. It dramatically simplifies 32-bit (SAM and PIC32) core and peripheral configuration. It also allows you to enable and configure any of the specific Harmony framework libraries (e.g., device drivers, system services, USB, TCP/IP, graphics, etc.) you may need for your project.
MHC is available as a plugin extension to the MPLAB® X IDE. It is also available as a standalone Java application for use with other tool suites (see "Getting started with MPLAB® Harmony 3 on the SAMA5D2" for details).
Install MPLAB Harmony 3 Launcher
Click Next, accept the license terms, and click Install.
Click Finish to restart the IDE.
Download MPLAB Harmony Framework
MPLAB Harmony 3 Launcher includes the MPLAB Harmony Content Manager (MHCM) tool. This tool includes a downloader that reads the MPLAB Harmony GitHub repository to create a list of available packages. You choose which packages you want to download from this list.
In the MPLAB X IDE, select Tools > Embedded > MPLAB Harmony 3 Content Manager.
If you don't see this option, you haven't installed MPLAB Harmony 3 Launcher. See above for details.
After downloading the framework once, you'll be able to run the content manager with a standalone Java application (without starting the MPLAB X IDE first).
- Open a command prompt window.
- Open the contentmanager folder from your previous download.
- Execute the downloader, harmony-content-manager.jar.
Wait while the content manager tool queries the repository and generates a list of all available packages. If this is your first time using this tool, or if you've selected a new folder to download the framework into, the content manager window will look like the following image.
Note the Local Packages list is empty (you haven't downloaded any yet), and the Remote Packages list shows all packages found on the MPLAB Harmony GitHub site. Also, note that three packages are selected for download by default as these are required for all Harmony projects.
|mhc||Contains the implementation of the MHC tool.|
|dev_packs||Describes all peripherals, memory, etc… of each supported 32-bit device.|
|csp||Chip support package: includes the Peripheral Libraries (PLIB).|
Check the boxes beside all packages you want to download, then click Download Selected (top left corner). You may want to check the Select All box (top left corner) so you can access all the demonstration applications included in the Harmony framework. After accepting the license agreements, the download will start.
If you've previously downloaded packages into the folder you specified, the content manager will show those packages in the Local Packages list. The Remote Packages list will show the following:
- All packages not found in the folder you specified.
- All packages that have an update available.
Create a New, or Open an Existing MPLAB Harmony Project
Your computer is ready to use the MPLAB Harmony framework. You can create a new Harmony project from scratch, or open one of the many demonstration application projects that are included in the Harmony framework (see the apps folder in each repository). For more details on how to create or open a project, see the links below:
MPLAB Harmony Configurator Overview
|MHC window name||Description|
|Active Components||Displays activated/instantiated components.|
|Available Components||Components shown are based on the framework libraries you included in your project. The list of available peripherals is based on the target device you selected for the project.|
|Project Graph||Shows the instantiated components. You can instantiate available components by double-clicking on the component. After successful component instantiation, you can see the instantiated components under Active Components panel.|
|MHC Plugins||Consists of AFEC, DMA, MPU, NVIC, Clock and Pin configuration plugins. To open any of these plugins, go to MHC > Tools and select above mentioned available plugins.|
|Configuration Options||Displays the tree view of the selected component under Project Graph Area. You can do the component configuration from here.|
|Console||Displays the MHC operation results.|
The MHC User's Guide Wiki provides details on:
- The Graphical User Interface (GUI)
- How to use MHC to generate code
- How to merge this code with your project
- How to use these MHC tools:
- Clock Configuration
- DMA Configuration
- Nested Vectored Interrupts Configuration
- Pin Configuration
- Event System Configuration
- MPU Configuration
To learn more, visit the "Github Microchip-MPLAB-Harmony/mhc" page.