FTDI Driver Installation

Note: if you already have a working Arduino environment, you can safely skip this step.


Windows XP

These instructions are mainly for Windows XP see below other versions of Windows.

Step 1:


Just plug your Arduino into the USB port with the right cable. This balloon should appear.

Step 2:


Choose the option that you’ll select the driver yourself. We don’t want to wait for Windows to find it.

Step 3:


Click “Next”.

Step 4:


Click on “Browse”

Step 5:


Search for the drivers in the Ultimaker directory (or within the Arduino files) you’ve just extracted from the downloaded zip. When the OK button becomes active, press to continue!

Step 6:


Then, choose next.

Step 7:


Press “Continue Anyway”.

Step 8:


Press “Finish”.

That’s it!


Great work! Now you can start using  your AmbiLED HD or your Arduino.

Click here to continue with the installation for Windows..

If you ran into any problems, please make a comment at the bottom part of this page!

Windows 7

Click the start menu, and start typing “Device”. The following entries will show up:


After clicking on “Device Manager”, you will see this screen:


If you don’t see your FTDI USB device, please make sure it was plugged in.


Right-click the FTDI device and choose “Update driver software…”


Choose that you’ll browse for the driver yourself:


Find the folder of AmbiLED HD that you’ve downloaded:


Choose the folder “FTDI USB Drivers” and click OK, then click “Next” in the Wizard.


Choose “Install”. This should be the final step in the wizard. Close the wizard and wait for a balloon to appear at the bottom right. This balloon will tell you that the driver can be used.

Congratulations: That’s it!

Click here to continue with the installation for Windows..

If you ran into any problems, please make a comment at the bottom part of this page!

Windows 8 and 8.1

No driver required for most of Win8 installations. If you have any problem with your FTDI com port, simply google it. FTDI is a well known USB to Serial hardware and have a lot of solution for problems.
For example if you have driver signature problem, solution here.

Mac OS X

Make sure you’ve downloaded the DMG of ReplicatorG, it contains the driver you need. When you open it, you should see the following files: FTDI Installation Mac 01 RepGFolder.png

Surprise… the ‘Drivers’ folder is where you’ll find the drivers. Open it to reveal the following contents:

FTDI Installation Mac 02 DriverFolder.png

Now, open the disk image with the drivers. The opened folder looks like this:

FTDI Installation Mac 03 DriversDiskImage.png

For Mac OS X Tiger (10.4), Leopard (10.5) and Snow Leopard (10.6), open the second installation package, called “FTDIUSBSerialDriver_10_4_10_5_10_6.mpkg”. FTDI Installation Mac 04 Wizard1.png

Click Continue. You’ll see the change to this version of the driver.

FTDI Installation Mac 04 Wizard2.png

Click Continue, again.

FTDI Installation Mac 04 Wizard3.png

Click Install to the default. Enter your (administrative) account login to authorize the installation.

FTDI Installation Mac 04 Wizard4.png

FTDI Installation Mac 04 Wizard5.png

This should take a minute or two until it shows that you’re done!

FTDI Installation Mac 04 Wizard6.png

This document also explains how to install the driver in a step-by-step process:

If you ran into any problems, please make a comment at the bottom part of this page!


Ubuntu or other Debian based systems

The FTDI Driver is included with Ubuntu/Debian. After plugging in the USB cable, you can find your device under /dev/ttyUSB0 (and ttyUSB1, ttyUSB2, etc, if you have more) or /dev/ttyACM0.

Regular users on your ubuntu system may not have permission to write to the ttyUSB or ttyACM device. For example, Pronterface may complain “SerialException: could not open port /dev/ttyACM0″. In this case, change permissions for regular users like so:

sudo chmod 666 /dev/ttyACM0

If you ran into any problems, please make a comment at the bottom part of this page!

Raspberry PI

You are lucky, there is no extra driver for standard Pi packages. They are coming with FTDI drivers.


If you ran into any problems, please make a comment at the bottom part of this page!


19 thoughts on “FTDI Driver Installation”

    1. Yes you right about MAC support, We didn’t promised about Mac support because of possible problems on Mac OSX. But, I’m also a Mac user and I will share a Mac based solution but no promise support. Because the Mac is cutting the connection in a few minutes without any warning.

    1. FTDI chips are well known USB to Serial adapter chips on all electronic industry. If you are using our hardware, It is compatible with Arduino Pro Mini 16Mhz systems. So, you can change the firmware and make your own Led Strip driver with it over FTDI hardware.

      1. never mined i just did a windows update and all its working. cant click on auto in light level? plus if i go in the config is it ok to set it over 50% or will that burn out the leds? have to say all in all it looks amazing . time to test some games.

        1. Auto Light Level option is not ready now. We are working on it.
          You can set the led power to %100 without burn LEDs. But, Power requirement is 3A for each meters. So, If you using longer than 1 meters LED strip(of course you are) the power supply may burn or simply cant supply the strip and colors changes depends on current consumption.
          Ambient light level must be less than screen brightness. And the level will be less than %20 for standard monitor brightness.

  1. I was unable to install the D2XX drivers on a mac, I’m running 10.9, would this possibly be causing a problem since it isn’t formally listed as supported by the drivers?

  2. I’m trying to install on a Win 8.1 64 bit PC but the FTDI USB device isn’t showing up in device manager. Everything is connected. The LEDs did light up briefly, so power is OK.

  3. Hello, I have the following problem. My Ambiled not work)
    I am going to install the FTDI Driver, but I get an error. (See first image) https://www.dropbox.com/s/ihx0jj2zntqhreh/no%20treiber.jpg?dl=0

    And at the start of the AmbiLED_HD.exe, I get an error “Whoops! Ambiled HD can not working.” (see second picture) https://www.dropbox.com/s/hmtun61wobklzo0/notworking%20error.jpg?dl=0

    Can someone please tell me what I did wrong or what should I do so AmbiLed works for me.
    Please send me a solution or proposal then refers me to a forum where the solution is described.

  4. Okay, I installed everything, and hopefully the correct drivers that I found online. When starting Amibibox all the LEDs do the 3 second glow but then only the lower left quadrant of LEDs works.
    I’ve re-installed the drivers and Ambibox twice now. The only thing I can think of is that I have the wrong drivers but I couldn’t find any listed here.

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