MakeCode

MakeCode is currently not available for Crickit for micro:bit or the Crickit HAT for Raspberry Pi.

With MakeCode, you can create robots simply and easily, using a drag-and-drop block interface. It's perfect for first time robot-makers, people who don't have a lot of coding experience, or even programmers who just want to get something going fast

MakeCode uses a web browser only, so no IDE is required to install. When you download a binary from MakeCode it is compiled for the Circuit Playground Express and you will overwrite any Arduino code or the CircuitPython runtime. You can always go back to programming other ways including Arduino (just use the Arduino IDE) or CircuitPython (by re-installing CircuitPython as shown here)

Get Comfy With MakeCode

We recommend starting out by trying out the simple blinking NeoPixel example in our MakeCode guide, so you get a hang of how to install MakeCode apps on your Circuit Playground Express

Once you feel comfortable with MakeCode, come back here and we'll add Crickit support!

Adding Crickit Extension

Now you're a MakeCode'r and you are ready to add Crickit support.

At this time, MakeCode support is being worked on and we're improving it every day, but it is Beta

For Circuit Playground Express and Feather Crickit (micro:bit is below)

Start by visiting https://makecode.adafruit.com

 

Click on New Project

In the list of blocks, select ADVANCED and then EXTENSIONS

In the Search Bar type in Crickit and click the magnifying glass.

 

Click on the Crickit block that shows up to install Crickit support!

You will now have a new CRICKIT bin of blocks you can use! Continue on to learn how to use these blocks

For micro:bit Crickit

Start by visiting https://makecode.microbit.org/beta, be sure to use the beta version unless you see that Microsoft has made Crickit support standard in the Extensions category.

 

 

In the list of blocks, select Advanced and then Add Package

In the Add Package... ? screen, place the following web address into the Search or enter project URL box:

 

https://github.com/adafruit/pxt-crickit

 

Click on the Crickit block that shows up to install Crickit support!

You will now have a new CRICKIT bin of blocks you can use! Continue on to learn how to use these blocks

Note - some of the example MakeCode block screen shots are from the Circuit Playground Express version of MakeCode. In all cases like this, there are micro:bit MakeCode equivalents. If things differ significantly, we'll show the micro:bit MakeCode separately.
This guide was first published on May 16, 2018. It was last updated on May 16, 2018. This page (MakeCode) was last updated on Apr 22, 2019.