Intel® Galileo Board Assembly using Arduino*

These instructions are for setting the Intel® Galileo board up to use Arduino. Looking for instructions to set up your Intel® Galileo board to use the Intel® XDK IoT Edition or the Intel® System Studio IoT Edition IDE?


  • An Intel® Galileo Gen 1 or Gen 2 board
  • One 5V DC power supply (for Gen 1) or one 7-15V DC power supply (for Gen 2). Your power supply should be included in the packaging along with your board.
  • One micro-USB cable (Micro B to Type A)
  • A Windows*, Mac* OS X*, or Linux* computer

Set up the board

  1. If you have a micro-SD card inserted into your board, remove it.
  2. Plug in the power supply to your board. Always plug in the power supply before the USB cable.
  3. Plug in the micro-USB cable to your board's USB clientport. Plug the other end in to your computer.

On the Intel® Galileo Gen 1 board, your setup should look like this:

On the Intel® Galileo Gen 2 board, your setup should look like this:

Next Steps

For Windows:

Use the Intel® Galileo board Windows installer for 64-bit Windows on the Downloads page to install necessary drivers and install Arduino in one simple process. If desired, update the firmware on your board to ensure that you have access to the latest features from Intel. Otherwise, skip ahead to running your first sample application in Arduino.

If you encounter an error using the installer or have a 32-bit Windows system, you can still install the drivers and Arduino manually. Start with Installing drivers and updating firmware for Arduino on a system with Windows*.

For Mac OS X and Linux:

You can update the firmware on your board to ensure that you have access to the latest features from Intel. If you'd like to skip this step, you can proceed straight to installing Arduino.

For more complete information about compiler optimizations, see our Optimization Notice.


Mohan Rao S.'s picture


     I lost my power adapter that I got along with the board. Is it ok to use USB to barrel jack connector, will it handle the power requirements?

Thanks in advance!

Naina, follow these steps instead:


  1. Download and install the 7zip file archiver from
  2. Download the latest image from
  3. Use 7zip to extract the .bz2 file to your system. You must use 7zip to extract the image, as it supports the extended file paths found in the compressed image file.

    You should now have a file called alongside the original .bz2 file, where version is either latest or a date in the YYYYMMDDHHMM format.

Jeffrey, use these links.

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