2. Installing foxconda3¶
The foxBMS embedded software consists of a program written in C. Before it can be flashed and run on the microcontroller units (i.e., MCU0 and MCU1 located on the BMS-Master Board), it must be compiled to generate a binary file called firmware.
Different softwares (i.e., the software toolchain) are needed for this compilation step. They are based on a Python environment. All the needed software, including the Python environment, are contained in a Python distribution called foxconda3. It will be installed in the next steps.
This section shows how to set up the development environment, foxconda3 (the software toolchain).
In the section Eclipse Workspace Setup and Flashing, it is shown how the compiled sources are flashed on the foxBMS Master Unit.
2.1. Installation of the Needed Software via the foxconda3 Distribution¶
The first step is to install the software environment needed to compile and
flash the foxBMS sources. First, the foxconda3 installer must be downloaded
from the server containing
the foxconda3 installers. For Windows, the installer is run by executing
foxconda-3.0.3-Windows-x86_64.exe. The installer version with the highest version and build
number must always be used.
- Setting the installation directory from
C:\foxconda3to something other will create a lot extra effort when setting up the Eclipse workspace. It is highly advised against changing the default installation directory.
- When installing foxconda3 to another directory, foxconda3 must not
be installed into a directory containing whitespace (e.g.
The startpage of the installer
The license terms of the installer
The installation type foxconda3 binaries. Select
Just Me (recommended).
The installation path for foxconda3. Set the path to
Changing the default installation directory from
C:\foxconda3to something other will create a lot extra effort when setting up the Eclipse workspace. This is not advised.
Avanced options of the installation. Unselect
Register Anaconda as my default Python 3.6
The installation process
The installation process is completed. Click
The finish of the installtion process. Click
From the command line, the convenience terminal environment can be used by
- Go the the start menu
It will open a CMD window with a
PATH environment ready to work with foxBMS.
The prompt can be manualy be started by open a CMD window followed by following command: