I am trying to wire and run a weather station from IdeaSpark. I already have the Arduino IDE v 1.8.9 installed. My instructions say to go to..
Open Arduino IDE
File > Preferences
Insert the following link in the "Additional Boards Manager URLs:" text box:：
5) Go to Tools > Board > Board Manager and click this option
6)Type "ESP8266" in the text box, search, and display an option "ESP8266 by ESP8266 Community"
When I do so, I get nothing. I assume that the above URL should load a library or addon for the esp8266 but nothing happens. Is there a button or option I should press to install the board library?
Those instructions are correct. The only think I would add is that, after opening Tools > Board > Boards Manager, you need to wait until the downloads finish.
If the problem still occurs, click the "Close" button and then check the black console window at the bottom of the Arduino IDE window to see if it contains any error output. If so, copy/paste the full text here.
Ah, in the black window it says..
So?? what now??
You forgot to add the http:// part of the URL to File > Preferences > Additional Boards Manager URLs. Fix the URL and it should now work.
Geez..how could I have missed the HTTP. It was right there in the instructions.
It works now.
You're welcome. I'm glad to hear it's working now. Enjoy!