How to get started with PICAXE 08M microcontroller

This is instructable for how to get started with PICAXE 08M microcontroller.
To get started, you need:
– 08M Protoboard or same kind of board (Can be homemade)
– AXE027 USB Cable
– 3V Power supply

How to get started with PICAXE 08M microcontrollerStep 1: Connect the led to pin 4

Just  connect cathode lead to Ground, and anode lead to pin 4 of the microcontroller like this

Step 2: Connect the power and the cable

Connect the power, and plug the cable to the socket.
Then open PICAXE Programming Editor.
If you don’t have it, download it from

Step 3: Write the code and press “Program”

Write this code to the editor:
high 4 ‘LED on
pause 1000 ‘Pause 1 second
low 4 ‘LED off
pause 1000 ‘Pause 1 second
goto main ‘Repeat
Then press the “Program” button on the top.

How to get started with PICAXE 08M microcontroller Schematic

Step 4: Watch your LED blinking!

It is ready now, good luck for future!
PICAXE Downloads –
PICAXE Manuals –
All the links you need to order, download, and study PICAXE!
Hope you enjoyed! 🙂


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