Opening an MPLAB® X IDE Project

An existing MPLAB® X IDE project can be opened and then the full capabilities of the MPLAB X IDE environment can be used on a project.

This training shows a simple project that lights an LED on the Microchip Curiosity HPC Starter Kit development board. The steps shown are for reference so you don't have to download the file but if you have MPLAB X IDE installed and want to follow along with the actual file, it is available through the 'Exercise Files' link below. Just download and unzip it onto your computer. It will then show up as a folder. Remember the folder location.

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Project and Source Files


At the top left corner, click File > Open Project… (or Ctrl+Shift+O).


Alternatively, you can click on the Open Project button.



The Open Project window appears. Browse to the project location of the file. In our example the project was saved at C:_GettingStarted.X. Click on Open Project.


The project is opened at the top left under the 'Projects' tab.


The project contains all the software files used to create the application that will be programmed into the MCU device. The next step is to build the project.

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