The new MPLAB® Xpress supported hardware tools currently are:
- MPLAB Snap in-circuit debugger/programmer
- MPLAB PICkit™ 4 in-circuit debugger/programmer
- Curiosity and Curiosity Nano boards
Preparing to use the USB Bridge Tool
To prepare to program your code using a hardware tool:
- If you have been using MPLAB X IDE, close this application. Its drivers can interfere with bridge operation.
- Ensure your MPLAB Xpress project builds without errors.
- If you will use MPLAB Snap or MPLAB PICkit 4, ensure the debugger is connected to a target.
- Connect your hardware to the PC using a USB port.
Starting the USB Bridge Tool
MPLAB Xpress needs a program called USB Bridge to connect to your local USB port. This allows MPLAB Xpress to send a compiled HEX file to a supported hardware tool.
Select the USB Bridge Installer
Follow the instructions on the Manage USB Bridge window to download a ZIP file containing the USB Bridge installer.
The Safari® browser requires a secure WebSocket connection which can be downloaded by clicking the Here link on the dialog.
Once the ZIP file is downloaded, click the red X in the upper right corner of the window to close it.
Then click OK or Cancel to close the Project Properties window.
Run the USB Bridge Installer
Unzip/extract the contents of the downloaded ZIP file. Then find and run the file(s) specified below.
|macOS®||If using the Safari browser, import (double click) the certificate file xpress-bridge.cert (in figure), found in xpress-bridge-app-v3.60-macos-safari.zip, to keychain access. Then run.sh*.|
|If NOT using the Safari browser, run.sh*.|
|* It is recommended to run with administrative privileges.|
The running USB Bridge Tool application will appear as in Figure 4.
Connecting to the USB Bridge ToolTo connect to the USB Bridge Tool, click on the Connect to USB Bridge icon.
You can see that the tool is connected to the USB Bridge Tool application.
Open the Project Properties dialog again to see that the specific debug tool is available.