Third-party hardware

Hello all,

I’m having trouble getting “third-party” hardware to appear in the Tools->Boards menu.

I’m running version 1.0.6 of the IDE on Debian Linux.

I’ve got the attiny library from GitHub - damellis/attiny: ATtiny microcontroller support for the Arduino IDE.

My sketchbook folder is /home/james/Documents/Code.

I have put the attiny library into hardware/attiny in my sketchbook folder, such that the structure is /home/james/Documents/Code/hardware/attiny, with the “boards.txt” file and “variants” folder inside that.

To the best of my knowledge, the entries in boards.txt should appear in my IDE, but only the default Arduino entries are there.

I’ve searched for help, but everyone who has had a similar issue just had their files in the wrong place. I’m sure mine are right, unless someone can correct me.

Thanks in advance,

James F

As an update:

This does work if I copy-and-paste the attiny folder into the hardware folder of the Arduino installation itself.

Are there circumstances in which hardware in the sketchbook will not be picked up?