Error Downloading JSON to configure Arduino IDE (OSX)


#1

One of the first steps in the Kit instructions is to configure the Arduino IDE to recognize the Huzzah board in the kit.

I followed the instructions to download and set up the Arduino IDE, but when I add the JSON link provided and restart IDE, I get an error trying to find the board.

Steps to reproduce:

  1. Download Arduino IDE (current version 1.6.8)
  2. Add “http://arduino.esp8266.com/stable/package_esp8266com_index.json” in the Arduino IDE preferences
  3. Restart IDE
  4. Open Boards Manager (Tools > Board > Boards Manager)
  5. Observe error in bottom of the modal, “Error downloading http://arduino.esp8266.com/stable/package_esp8266com_index.json

This prevents the ability to choose the board blocking any further steps.


#2

UPDATE:
This appears to be an issue with the latest version of Arduino IDE (1.6.8) released 3/17/16. I downloaded the previous release 1.6.7 and the steps in the Kit guide work as described.

Unfortunately understanding why the issue exists in 1.6.8 is outside my realm of expertise! :slight_smile:

Leaving this issue open for visibility, but I’m not currently encountering an issue in IDE 1.6.7.


#3

Thanks for the update! I’ll update the instructions to recommend 1.6.7 until we figure out what’s happening in 1.6.8.


#4

Can help me.
I use Arduino IDE 1.6.7, but I dont’ dowload http://arduino.esp8266.com/stable/package_esp8266com_index.json

Thanks you!


#5

Unfortunately that file is out of our control - it’s hosted by esp8266.com. We have seen it have intermittent downtime now and then. Usually if you wait a little while it will be resolved and the link will work again.