Click here to Skip to main content
14,174,399 members
Click here to Skip to main content
Add your own
alternative version


Posted 12 Aug 2015
Licenced CPOL

Set Up Serial Terminal on the Intel® Galileo Board for Windows

, 12 Aug 2015
Rate this:
Please Sign up or sign in to vote.
Set Up Serial Terminal on the Intel® Galileo Board for Windows

This article is for our sponsors at CodeProject. These articles are intended to provide you with information on products and services that we consider useful and of value to developers

Get access to the new Intel® IoT Developer Kit, a complete hardware and software solution that allows developers to create exciting new solutions with the Intel® Galileo and Intel® Edison boards. Visit the Intel® Developer Zone for IoT.


These instructions are for using the Intel Galileo board with the Intel® XDK IoT Edition or the Eclipse* IDE, looking for instructions on how to use it with the Arduino* IDE?

Install the Driver

For Gen 2, follow these steps.

  1. Download the FTDI driver for Windows (Source:
  2. Right-click the .exe file you downloaded, which should be called "CDM…" and select Run as Administrator:

  1. Click Extract.
  2. Click Next.
  3. Click Finish.
  4. You should see a new USB Serial Port entry in the "Ports (COM & LPT)" section of the Device Manager.

For Gen 1, install the drivers that should have been provided with your serial to USB converter from the manufacturer.

A common serial to USB converter is the Prolific type, and the drivers can be found on their site

Set up PuTTY

  1. Download the PuTTY terminal emulator:
  2. Double-click the putty.exe file you downloaded to run it.
  3. Configure the PuTTY menu as follows
    • Under Connection type, select Serial.
    • In the Serial line field, type your COM# (the COM port of your FTDI or 3.5mm to DB-9 adapter).
    • In the Speed field, type 115200.

  4. When you see a blank screen, press the Enter key twice. You should see a login screen.

  5. At the login prompt, type root and press Enter.
  6. Press Enter when prompted for a password. You should see a terminal prompt.

  7. Ensure that your data is recorded correctly by checking the internal date and time on your board. Enter the following command:

  8. To update the date to the current time, enter the following command:

    date -s "YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS"

    For example, to set the time to January 29, 2015 at 16:54 UTC time, enter the following command:

    date -s "2015-01-29 16:54:00"
  9. Create a bootable micro SD card with the latest Yocto* image for your board, then reboot the board. For steps, see Making a bootable micro SD Card with Windows*

Congratulations! You’ve set up the terminal communication to your Intel Galileo board. To get familiar with the system, you can try out some common Linux commands by searching "basic linux commands" in your web browser.

Continue with your IDE



Intel® XDK IoT Edition

Not sure which to choose? Then start with Arduino*



Intel® Developer Zone for IoT

Start inventing today with the Intel® IoT Developer Program which offers knowledge, tools, kits and a community of experts to quickly and easily turn your innovative ideas into IoT Solutions.

Dream it, Build it with the Intel® IoT Developer Kit for Intel® Edison and Intel® Galileo platforms. These kits are versatile, performance-optimized and fully integrated end-to-end IoT solutions supporting a variety of programming environments, tools, security, cloud connectivity and hardware.

For more resources and to learn how the new Intel® IoT Developer Kit v1.0 can help streamline your IoT projects:


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Intel Corporation
United States United States
You may know us for our processors. But we do so much more. Intel invents at the boundaries of technology to make amazing experiences possible for business and society, and for every person on Earth.

Harnessing the capability of the cloud, the ubiquity of the Internet of Things, the latest advances in memory and programmable solutions, and the promise of always-on 5G connectivity, Intel is disrupting industries and solving global challenges. Leading on policy, diversity, inclusion, education and sustainability, we create value for our stockholders, customers and society.
Group type: Organisation

43 members

You may also be interested in...

Comments and Discussions

-- There are no messages in this forum --
Permalink | Advertise | Privacy | Cookies | Terms of Use | Mobile
Web05 | 2.8.190524.3 | Last Updated 12 Aug 2015
Article Copyright 2015 by Intel Corporation
Everything else Copyright © CodeProject, 1999-2019
Layout: fixed | fluid