The Bean Loader is only supported in OS X 10.9 and above.
Check our Development Release Schedule for information on other platforms.


Install the Arduino application
  • Download and extract the Arduino Software, version 1.0.5.
  • Install the Arduino app into your Applications folder.
  • IMPORTANT: Open the Arduino application so that OS X security can authorize the app.


Install the Bean Loader application
  • Download and open the Bean Loader app.
  • Drag and drop the Bean loader icon into the Applications folder.
  • Double click the “Open me!” icon.


Associate with Arduino
  • When the notifier pops up, you will need to associate to the Arduino app in your Applications folder.
  • If no prompt appears or if you’d like to re-associate, open the Bean Loader, click “Bean Loader” in the menu bar and choose “Associate”.

Now that the applications are installed, let’s upload a sketch!


Choose a Sketch
  • Open the Arduino app.
  • Select the LightBlue Bean as the Board you are using
    • Click Tools ->
    • Go to Boards ->
    • Select LightBlue Bean
  • Now you can select the Blink Sketch
    • Click File ->
    • Got to Examples ->
    • Open LightBlue-Bean ->
    • Choose the sketch Blink
  • Click the “Verify” check mark in the top left corner.


Connect to your Bean
  • Double click on your Bean to connect to it, or right click and choose “connect”.
  • You can change the name of a Bean once you’ve connected to it by clicking its name.

Tip: If you have problems finding which Bean to connect to, use the RSSI to find the one closest to you.  A larger RSSI means a closer Bean. (i.e -32 is closer than -56)


Update your Bean


Program it!
  • The “Blink” sketch you verified in Arduino is ready for loading and shown in grey text on the bottom of the Bean loader app.
  • Right click on your connected Bean and select “Program Sketch”.
  • Once the sketch finishes uploading, the Bean will run it!

Tip: The “Blink” sketch uses the LED and is therefore power hungry. To preserve your battery when you are finished, right-click the Bean and select “Power Off Arduino”.

Try the Arduino User’s Guide to get the most out of your Bean project!

Congratulations! You are all setup!

Try out one of these fun example projects.

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