Blockly for PICAXE Compilers

When using the Chrome app version of Blockly for PICAXE you can use the Settings menu to select online or offline compile mode.

Note that the app itself always runs offline, no matter which compile method is selected.

Online Compile

 

If you select online compile no compiler installation is required, but you will then need an active internet connection to compile your program. 

If you don't select online compile you must also install the PICAXE compilers onto your computer via the links below.

This then allows you to do an 'offline compile' without an internet connection.

 

 

Windows

Use this MSI link to install the Windows compilers onto your computer.

This MSI installer will also add a registry update_url link so that the Blockly for PICAXE Chrome app will be automatically downloaded and installed next time Chrome is restarted. This is for ease of installing the app on school networks, so the administrator does not need to actually install the Chrome app itself. Simply run this MSI, the compilers will install and the app itself will then install automatically next time Chrome is restarted.

http://www.picaxe.com/downloads/blockly/blockly.exe

 

Mac

Use this link to download the Mac compilers and then save the zip file onto your desktop.

http://www.picaxe.com/downloads/blockly/blockly_mac.zip

Double click on this file to unzip it. You should now have a folder called blockly_mac on your Desktop

Start a new Terminal session (to do this click 'Search' top right and select Terminal)

Type

  cd ~/Desktop/blockly_mac/blockly/ <enter>

Type

   sh install_host.sh <enter>

You should then see this message in the Terminal.

   Native messaging host com.picaxe.blockly.proxy has been installed.

Close Terminal, restart Chrome and Blockly is now ready to use in offline mode

 

Linux

Use this link to download the Linux compilers and then save the zip file onto your desktop.

http://www.picaxe.com/downloads/blockly/blockly_linux.zip

Double click on this file to unzip it. You should now have a folder called blockly on your Desktop.

Start a new Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) session and cd into this new folder

Type

   sudo sh install_host.sh <enter>

You should then see this message in the Terminal.

   Native messaging host com.picaxe.blockly.proxy has been installed.

Close Terminal, restart Chrome and Blockly is now ready to use in offline mode


Chromebook

Offline compile is not currently available as CrOS does not allow the Linux compilers to be installed on a Chromebook.

Therefore you must use 'online compile' mode on a Chromebook.