Follow these steps to install the required drivers for your Intel® Edison board on your computer.

Note: If your host operating system is Mac* OS X* or Linux*, the appropriate FTDI drivers should already be installed. If they are not, install them from the FTDI page:

If your host operating system is 64-bit Windows*, you can run the setup tool for the Intel® Edison board instead of installing the drivers manually. The setup tool lets you install the necessary drivers and update your board OS image. See Installation and Setup with the Setup Tool.

The Intel® Edison board drivers for Windows* include several USB drivers in one installer package. These drivers enable important features, such as:

  • Composite Device Class (CDC) for programming the board via the Arduino* IDE
  • Remote Network Driver Interface Spec (RNDIS) for Ethernet over USB
  • Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) for updating firmware on devices

Installing the USB drivers

  1. Download the Windows* standalone driver 1.2.1 and run it.
  2. Click Next.
    Click next in the setup wizard
  3. Click I Agree.
    Click I agree in the setup wizard
  4. Click Next.
    CLick Next after choosing components to install in the setup wizard
  5. Click Install.
    Click Install after choosing location to install
  6. Click OK.
    CLick OK to dismiss the installation success window
  7. Click Finish.
    Click Finish to exit the installation
  8. Unplug the micro USB cable from the middle micro USB port, then plug it back in.
    Unplug and replug the micro USB cable into the middle port

Installing the FTDI drivers

Installing the FTDI Drivers with Windows* Host Operating System

  1. Download the Windows* setup executable from the following location:
  2. Right-click the file and select Run as administrator.
    Right-click and choose Run as administrator
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the drivers, then reboot your system.
  4. Navigate to the Device Manager and check for an entry called USB Serial Port (not Intel Edison Virtual Com Port). Make a note of the COM#, as highlighted below; you'll need this information to create a serial communication session with your board.
    Example of the USB Serial Port entry

Installing the FTDI Drivers with Linux* Host Operating System

  1. Download the Linux* setup executable from the following location:
  2. Confirm that you want to save the file.
  3. Go to the Donwloads repository and extract the files

    $ cd ~/Downloads
    $ ls
    $ tar -xvzf libftd2xx-x86-64-<Version-Nmuber>.tgz

  4. Go to the page listing all the installation guide at, select and open the Linux Driver Installation Guide.
  5. Follow the instructions using the ~/Downloads/release path as directory for the FTDI driver files.
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