I upgraded to Arduino 1.5.7 in hopes of using the command line interface for a larger project. However, the old package I was using to program the ATTiny85 chip with the Sparkfun Tiny AVR Programmer no longer works. I'm getting the following error:

Third-party platform.txt does not define compiler.path. Please report this to the third-party hardware maintainer.
    at processing.app.debug.Compiler.getCommandCompilerCPP(Compiler.java:597)
    at processing.app.debug.Compiler.compileFiles(Compiler.java:275)
    at processing.app.debug.Compiler.compileSketch(Compiler.java:642)
    at processing.app.debug.Compiler.compile(Compiler.java:125)
    at processing.app.Sketch.build(Sketch.java:1589)
    at processing.app.Sketch.exportApplet(Sketch.java:1611)
    at processing.app.Sketch.exportApplet(Sketch.java:1597)
    at processing.app.Editor$DefaultExportHandler.run(Editor.java:2397)
    at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)
Caused by: java.lang.NullPointerException
    at processing.app.helpers.StringReplacer.replaceFromMapping(StringReplacer.java:97)
    at processing.app.helpers.StringReplacer.replaceFromMapping(StringReplacer.java:89)
    at processing.app.helpers.StringReplacer.formatAndSplit(StringReplacer.java:37)
    at processing.app.debug.Compiler.getCommandCompilerCPP(Compiler.java:595)
    ... 8 more

Does a package exist that will allow me to program the chip in 1.5.7?

1 Answer 1


You can download a version of arduino-tiny for IDE 1.5.x from here.

  • Where do I extract it? It contains tiny/avr/.... Do I extract /tiny to /hardware/... or do I extract the avr subfolder? Mar 13, 2016 at 16:45
  • Never mind, this doesn't work in 1.6. Mar 13, 2016 at 17:21

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