Is there any way to burn the Arduino bootloader on a standalone Atmega328 (internal clock 8MHz) from the Arduino official website without using an extra Arduino board to burn the bootloader?

I mean, is it possible to burn the bootloader on the Arduino and then remove the ATmega chip from the Arduino board and use it in a breadboard?


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If you don't want to go the route of a dedicated programmer, you could try ArduinoISP where you can program an Arduino board (with a Mega on it) to be a programmer for another AVR device (e.g. another Mega). The instructions can be found at https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/ArduinoISP and allows you to do something like this:



Yes, use an ISP programmer. I personally use Atmel ICE, Arduinos as ISP and USBasp.

AVRISP is another popular option:

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This tutorial might be useful: Sparkfun.

  • so it's not possible to burn the bootloader on the ATMega using the arduino board itself (conectet to the pc via USB) and then remove the MCU and use it standalone?
    – M Time
    Feb 7, 2017 at 23:33
  • Not using the board itself. (It could be possible if you modified the USB>Serial Atmega to become some sort of USBtinyISP, cut and rewired a bunch of stuff, but it wouldn't be practical at all and you'd still need a programmer to reprogram it anyway). So you need a programmer at some point.
    – Wesley Lee
    Feb 7, 2017 at 23:38

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