Program FLORA

Make sure the USB cable is connecting your computer and Flora.

Basic Echo Test

We'll start with the most basic test, where we listen to the raw GPS data, to make sure it shows up! Copy and paste this code into a new sketch window and upload it to your Flora

Install Adafruit GPS Library

Our helper library will make using the GPS easy since we have working code already. The library is available on GitHub

You can download the most recent version by clicking here to grab a Zip file with the library files:

Uncompress the zip and find the folder named Adafruit_GPS and check that the Adafruit_GPS folder contains Adafruit_GPS.cpp and Adafruit_GPS.h
Place theAdafruit_GPS library folder your arduinosketchfolder/libraries/ folder.
You may need to create the libraries subfolder if its your first library. Restart the IDE.

We also have a great tutorial on Arduino library installation at:

Restart the Arduino IDE

Load Echo Demo

We'll begin by loading up the HardwareSerial echo test example available in the Adafruit_GPS library

Wire up the GPS module according to the hookup. Check your board and serial port settings and upload this sketch to your Flora using the Upload button in the IDE. Open up the Serial Monitor.

You should see something like the following from the serial monitor. You may not have as many numbers, but there should be sentences that start with $GPRMC and $GPGGA, etc. If you see text like that it means your GPS and connection are working fine.

This guide was first published on Nov 08, 2012. It was last updated on Nov 08, 2012. This page (Program FLORA) was last updated on Sep 21, 2019.