Last Updated on December 15, 2020
If you are like me who does not like installing software in my Windows computer, then you might want to use the non-install option for Arduino IDE.
Follow the steps below.
Steps on how to run Arduino IDE without installation
Download Arduino IDE
On the Download Options section, click on
Windows ZIP file.
This will then open the donate page. Click
If you are happy with Arduino then consider going back here and donating to Arduino.
This will start the download of the ZIP file of the Arduino IDE.
As of writing the Zip file is around 192 MB.
Extracting the the Arduino IDE from the ZIP file
Go to the folder where you downloaded the Arduino IDE ZIP file.
Right click on the ZIP File and click
This will open a window, and ask the destination of your extraction will be.
This might take a while to extract.
Once extraction is finished, this will create a new folder in your destination folder.
Running Arduino IDE
Go inside the folder and run Arduino IDE by double-clicking
On your first run, a Windows Security Alert will pop-up. Just click on
You may now use the Arduino IDE.
It is faster to extract files when using 7-Zip compared to using the native extraction tool of Windows.
Since the Arduino IDE is not easily found in the Start Menu, it is best to create a Desktop Shortcut or pinning the application to the Taskbar.
To create a Desktop Shorcut, right-click on
arduino.exe, then go to
Send to >>
Desktop (create shortcut).
This will create an icon in your desktop which you can use to launch Arduino IDE.
To pin Arduino IDE in the Taskbar, right-click
arduino.exe. Then click on
Pin to taskbar.
We hope this helps you run the Arduino IDE without installation in Windows.
Let me know how your experience went in the comments below.