Experienced Programmer, new to APM, please help!

I want to develop for the 3DR RTF Quad with Pixhawk. I run Windows 7.

I’ve been trying, unsuccessfully, to install a development platform following instructions at dev.ardupilot.com. Specifically, the Pixhawk/PX4 on Windows with Make instructions. Is this where I need to be? What am I missing? Do I need a Linux package? Hopefully not, but if so, please point me in the right direction!

I do a lot of work with industrial automation and am very familiar with PID control loops, etc, but I could use a little help getting setup to develop here.



Okay, I finally had success with “Build Pixhawk/PX4 on Windows 7 with Make”!

Turns out there is a typo in the instructions (the leading “/” is missing)
cd c/Users//Documents/GitHub/ardupilot/ArduCopter
should be
cd /c/Users//Documents/GitHub/ardupilot/ArduCopter

Also, I had to run px4_console as Administrator so Win7 would allow the build to create the neccessary temp directories.

It is great that px4_toolchain_installer includes all the tools needed. What wasn’t so great was that I spent 3 days scratching my head due to a simple typo. Wasn’t going to order the kit unless I knew I could develop code.

Now I can start having fun!


Thanks for this. I am moving this over to the errata section so we can correct the page.

fixed! sorry and thanks!