Blockly for PICAXE is a free powerful visual programming tool for generating PICAXE microcontroller programs. By stacking coloured blocks on top of each other a control program can be rapidly generated. This simple click’n’drag programming method allows students to rapidly develop control sequences for real life microcontroller projects.
Blockly can be run online in a web browser on almost any device that has an internet connection.
For offline use Blockly is embedded within PICAXE Editor and is also available as a standalone (installed) Chrome app. The Chrome app always runs offline, and has the option to either compile the PICAXE program online or offline.
Blockly For PICAXE tutorials
Which 'Blockly for PICAXE' version should I use?
All versions support the same blocks. For Windows we recommend PICAXE Editor 6.
For other platforms please see the table below. Click on the title to download.
* The Chrome app always runs offline, but you can also choose whether to use offline or online compile via the Settings menu. For 'offline compile' the PICAXE compilers need to be installed on your computer so that no internet connection is then required.
** The Windows Desktop version is identical to the Chrome app but runs inside a Windows 'wrapper' so that it can be installed as a traditional Windows program using a MSI installer (and does not require Chrome to be installed). It runs on all version of Windows since Vista (for XP support please use PE6 instead).
Program Real Microcontrollers
Blockly control programs can be directly downloaded to a PICAXE microcontroller within PE6 or the Chrome app. For cloud users a separate free downloader extension app is provided (this is because web browsers are not allowed to access the USB port directly).
'Blockly for PICAXE' is based upon the open-source Google project 'Blockly'