Using Flash Tool Lite

If you have a host system with 64-bit Windows* or Mac* OS X*, the setup tool for the Intel® Edison board replaces this method of flashing your board. For steps for your host system, see the steps for Windows or Mac.

This section contains steps to update (flash) the firmware on your Intel® Edison board using Flash Tool Lite. The firmware is your board's operating system, and also allows for use of Wi-Fi*, Bluetooth*, analog and digital controls, and other functions. It's important to keep your firmware up-to-date to ensure the best stability and performance for your board.  

While flashing your firmware is not required to being programming your board, firmware updates contain vital features, such as the commands required to connect your board to a wireless network.


  • You have already set up your board and connected the board to your host system. This includes assembling your board, installing the appropriate drivers (if your host system has Windows*), and flashing your firmware. For steps, see the appropriate guide for Windows 64-bit, Windows 32-bit, Mac* OS X*, and Linux*.
  • Your computer should have an operating system supported by Flash Tool Lite. Flash Tool Lite is supported for the following:
    • Microsoft Windows* XP (32-bit)
    • Microsoft Windows* 7 (32/64-bit)
    • Microsoft Windows* 8 (32/64-bit)
    • Microsoft Windows* 8.1 (32/64-bit)
    • Ubuntu* 12.04 LTS 64-bit 
    • Mac* 10.9.5 64-bit 
  • Once you have connected your board, you should see a drive called Edison show up in Windows Explorer. Remember this drive letter (in this example it is D:) for later use.


Installing Flash Tool Lite

Flash Tool Lite is a GUI-based tool that makes it easier to manage firmware and other updates for the Intel® Edison board. It is possible to customize the installation and include packages with the firmware update. Flash Tool Lite doesn't require you to use a command line interface, but command line is available if desired.

Before you use Flash Tool Lite, you must install it. The following sections contain steps to install Flash Tool Lite:

Note: If you run into errors while flashing your firmware, you can still flash your board manually. For steps, see Flashing the firmware manually.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015
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