Arduino IDE error

Hello, few days ago I bought a SparkFun Blynk board and I decided to try programming it with the Arduino IDE but it gives me this error:
Arduino: 1.6.9 (Windows 10), Board: “SparkFun Blynk Board, 80 MHz, Serial, 115200, 4M (1M SPIFFS)”

Board sparkfunBlynk (platform esp8266, package esp8266) is unknown

Error compiling for board SparkFun Blynk Board.

This report would have more information with
“Show verbose output during compilation”
option enabled in File -> Preferences.

@Konstantin_Dimitrov from https://github.com/sparkfun/Blynk_Board_ESP8266/tree/master/Firmware it states you need to add https://raw.githubusercontent.com/sparkfun/Arduino_Boards/master/IDE_Board_Manager/package_sparkfun_index.json in File, Properties, Additional Boards Manager URLs. Then restart the Arduino IDE and the board should appear in Tools, Board menu.

Hi. I’m having the same problem. Were you able to solve it?

I followed @Costas directions and were able to select Sparkfun Blynk Board in board selection, but no luck.

Would appreciate any help. Thank you.

@pashakun lots more detail required. What did you do, what did you expect to happen and what actually happened etc.

It’s a 2 stage process:

  1. Install the board via Arduino preferences
  2. install the board definitions via Arduino board manager.

Stage 2 will download 153,527kb file of different Sparkfun ESP8266 boards including the Blynk board.

Just been through and added the Blynk board to my IDE, compiled a sketch and it worked as expected.

https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/blynk-board-arduino-development-guide

Thank you for replying so quickly!

I’ve done the two steps you describe. I have SparkFun Blynk Board selected in Tools>Boards

When I click on Tools>Get Board Info, it give me this

BN: Unknown board
VID: 0403
PID: 6015
SN: Upload any sketch to obtain it

The hardware itself should be good. I was using no problem with the smartphone app. Also tried it on a different USB port. Error message is always the same:

Arduino: 1.8.5 (Windows 10), Board: “SparkFun Blynk Board, 80 MHz, Serial, 9600, 4M (1M SPIFFS)”

Board sparkfunBlynk (platform esp8266, package esp8266) is unknown

Error compiling for board SparkFun Blynk Board.

This report would have more information with
“Show verbose output during compilation”
option enabled in File -> Preferences.

I also prematurely posted in a new thread, since this one was more than a year old.
https://community.blynk.cc/t/arduino-ide-error-board-sparkfun-blynk-is-unknown/23178

@pashakun try a portable installation that will not mess up a live install, as per https://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/PortableIDE

Just do the Blynk board stuff and don’t bother with any libraries.
Then try to compile this impressive sketch that I wrote (but please don’t share it with anyone)

// CostasSuperSketch.ino now licensed
void setup() {

}

void loop() {

}
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Success! That’s some genius programming :rofl: Tks~

So what does it mean?
What was the problem with my original installation? Could it be that I didn’t uninstall thoroughly enough?

Yes, that’s why I stopped using the “live” IDE a couple of years ago. I always use the portable install as you know where everything is. Much easier for testing different versions of Blynk and the Core etc. Presumably you went with the portable install. Technically it means you can pop it on a USB and code at your Mum’s house when you pop round for tea.

I’m not called Costas the coder for nothing :slight_smile:
Minimal libraries, minimnal variables, short setup() , perfect loop() and well commented. Blynkers could learn a lot from this powerful sketch.

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:joy:

Thanks, man. I’ll roll with portable for now ~

Much appreciated