Installing TinyFPGA BX Requirements (APIO) on macos Sierra

Installing TinyFPGA BX Requirements (APIO) on macos Sierra

I recently purchased a TinyFPGA BX. I thought I would go ahead and install the prerequisite software while I'm waiting on it to arrive. I didn't expect it to go so bad.

It turns out that you need to update your version of Python to Python 3 first. I was able to do that by following the instructions in this post:

The right and wrong way to set Python 3 as default on a Mac

Once I did that, I closed then reopened the terminal. After that, I had to follow the directions on the TinyFPGA site.

However, when it comes to this line:

apio drivers --serial-enable

I had to do something first (I received an error about not being able to write to the .apio folder). Open Finder and then press SHIFT+COMMAND+H to go to your home folder. Then pres SHIFT+COMMAND+. to show hidden folders.

Control+Click on the .apio folder and choose Get Info

You should see the following:

Notice that at the bottom, there is a lock icon. Click this to unlock the settings. Then, give staff and everyone Read & Write permissions on the folder.

Close and re-open terminal.

Then, you should be able to run the commands on the TinyFPGA site without error.

Michael Earls

Michael Earls

Montgomery, AL, USA
Michael has been a computer nerd since he was ten years old and he begged his parents to buy him a computer for Christmas. In 1982, he was the proud owner of a TI-99/4A. He's been coding since.