PIC programmer using PIC16F84A Microcontroller

Essential when experimenting with PIC.

Programs PIC16Fxxx and PIC18Fxxxx series (8, 18, 28 and 40 pins)

  • 16F84A, 16F877A, 18F452 (DIL and PLCC) tested successfully with the IC-Prog software.

  • 18F4550 (DIL) works fine with the PICPgm programmer software.

Also programs EEPROMs (8 pins) type 24LCxx with the IC-Prog software.

Follow the software configuration steps below to insure correct functioning..

Schematic and PCB (Eagle) available for download. This page was last updated on August 24, 2005.

PIC programmer


PIC and EEPROM programming can be done with IC-Prog through the printer port (RS232).

Make sure you have these settings in IC-Prog:

The PICPgm programmer software needs no settings. It even auto-detects the PIC!


Check out our development tools page.

When working with a 16F877,  18F452, 18F2550 or a 18F4550, prototype programming with a bootloader can be done with the excellent Tiny PIC bootloader, through the RC6 & RC7 pins. But, you will need this PIC programmer to write the PIC the first time with… there are some bootloader HEX-files available below.

Eagle 4.11e was used for the schematic & PCB layout. 

PLCC is also possible! Just build a small adapter-pcb with a 44-pins PLCC-socket and a 40-pins DIL output… only 5 wires are needed!

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