How to Set Up and Program Raspberry Pi Pico

The Raspberry Pi Pico is an intriguing board. Rather than be another Linux single board computer like every other Raspberry Pi, the Pico is a low-cost Arm based microcontroller which we can program using C/C++ and MicroPython. In this tutorial we will introduce how to get started with the Raspberry Pi Pico, If you would like to know more technical details about the board, then take a look at our review 

How to Set Up the Raspberry Pi Pico 

1. Download the MicroPython UF2 file from the MicroPython tab. 

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2. Push and hold the BOOTSEL button on the Pico, then connect to your computer using a micro USB cable. Release BOOTSEL once the drive RPI-RP2 appears on your computer.

Raspberry Pi Pico Bootsel Button

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3.  Drag and drop the UF2 file on to the RPI-RP2 drive. The Raspberry Pi Pico will reboot and will now run MicroPython.