Where can I see outputs from such instruction in an ino file ?

Serial.println("my message");
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    Click the magnifier icon in the top right corner of the window.
    – Gerben
    Commented May 6, 2015 at 18:07

3 Answers 3


The Serial.print statements show up on whatever terminal program is opened and connected. Their can be only one open at a time, but it could the Arduino IDE built in monitor (ctl-shft-m) or an external terminal program, eg putty, or some other program you wrote that opened the com/serial port the Arduino is on.

Remember though - only 1 can be open at a time. If you use an external program you MUST close the com port before attempting to download a new version of your sketch. If you use the built in monitor/terminal it will automatically do this for you.

  • Thanks. In fact I think my logs are not visible because the uploading process never ends. I use an arduino BLE nano; any idea on how to fix the problem ?
    – user9891
    Commented May 7, 2015 at 9:21
  • Nope. Sorry never tried anything like that. Are you saying you are uploading your sketch via BLE and it never finishes? Im not familiar with those products, but they look interesting.
    – user6569
    Commented May 7, 2015 at 13:43
  • No I 'm not uploading via BLE, just using the upload button on Arduino IDE, but it never ends
    – user9891
    Commented May 7, 2015 at 15:25
  • This helped, but I also needed to initialize the serial library in the setup method - Serial.begin(9600); - described here before logs showed up in the IDE monitor: forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=25326.0 Commented Nov 6, 2017 at 3:36

It took me ages to realize that instead of remembering Ctrl-Shft-M you can just click on the little magnifying glass in the upper right of the IDE interface. Wait until after your script uploads though, it won't do anything while compiling or uploading your script.

Screen Shot of Arduino IDE interface showing serial monitor icon


Call Serial.begin(9600) in your setup() function:

void setup() {

Call Serial.print('example') or Serial.println('example') in your loop() function (or one of your own functions that your loop() function calls:

void loop() {
  // Output of the two calls above: exampleexample
  // Output of the two calls above:
  // example
  // example

Go to Tools > Serial Monitor to see the output.


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