What is a .PDE File And How To Open It – Arduino (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .pde extension, but you have never seen this extension before? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .pde file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .PDE file?

The .PDE file extension is from Arduino Sketch. The developer of this file extension is Arduino. The file has the text format, and it is a development related file.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .pde file on 4 platforms.

How to open a .PDE file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .PDE file on various operating systems.

How to open a .PDE file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

To open the .pde file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Arduino software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Arduino.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .PDE file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Arduino software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .PDE file on Mac

To open the .pde file on Mac, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Arduino software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Arduino software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .PDE file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Arduino software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .PDE file on Linux

There are 4 simple steps to open the .pde file on Linux.

1. The first step is to download the Arduino software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Arduino software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .PDE file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Arduino software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .PDE file on Android

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .pde file on Android in simple steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .PDE file in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

You need to locate the Google Play Store and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the ArduinoDroid software and install it. The other software that opens the .pde file on Android is ArduinoDroid. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Android.

Still cannot open the .PDE file?

If you cannot open the .PDE file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .PDE file.pde – Processing, .pde – Step Function. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .PDE file with the Arduino program on Windows, Arduino program on Mac, Arduino software on Linux and ArduinoDroid software on Android.