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EDIT: The problem was the cable I was using (see answer below).


I have a MacBook Pro running OS X Yosemite (10.10.1). I connected my Arduino Leonardo to my computer for the first time today (using a Micro USB to USB cable), but my computer isn't detecting it.

When I opened the Arduino IDE I selected Tools > Board > "Arduino Leonardo", but when I try to choose a Serial Port the only options are:

  • /dev/tty.Bluetooth-Incoming-Port
  • /dev/cu.Bluetooth-Incoming-Port
  • /dev/tty.Bluetooth-Modem
  • /dev/cu.Bluetooth-Modem

screenshot of available serial ports

I have tried closing and relaunching the Arduino IDE, disconnecting and reconnecting my Arduino Leonardo, and restarting my computer, but I still only see the four Bluetooth ports.

System Information (aka System Profiler) doesn't show anything connected to any of my USB ports.

Thanks in advance!

  • Have you tried another cable? Another computer? – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Dec 9 '14 at 5:09
  • @IgnacioVazquez-Abrams I don't have any other Micro USB cables, but I tried it with my roomate's PC (Windows 7) and it didn't work there either. Then I realized that the cable I have is only for charging Android phones. It doesn't do any data transfer. I'm going to buy a new cable. Thanks! – Luc Dec 9 '14 at 18:13
  • I have the same problem but its not cable's fault. I have dual boot with windows and on windows everything works. Any ideas? – Igor Jan 6 '19 at 13:50
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@IgnacioVazquez-Abrams's comment made me realize that the problem was the Micro USB cable I was using. It gave the Arduino 5V power from my computer, but didn't support any data connection. I'm buying a new cable.

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