MPLAB® X IDE: Creating A Production Hex File
To build a production image, click on one of the following icons within MPLAB® X IDE: multiplebuildicons.png
Name Description
CleanAndBuild.png Clean and Build Project Deletes all the intermediate files, then re-compiles all source files in the project. After compilation, all the newly created intermediate files are linked together to create a single image file.
Build.png Build Project Sometime referred to as 'make'. Re-compiles only the files which have changed since the last build. Unchanged intermediate files are kept. After compilation, a single image file is created by linking the intermediate files.
makeandprogram.png Make and Program Main project This icon has two actions: the first is to invoke the Build Project function and the second is when the project is built, the image is downloaded to the PIC® MCU through the selected hardware tool for the project.

  • The production HEX file is placed within the dist subdirectory of the project folder. The exact subdirectory depends upon which MPLAB X project configuration is used. When no configuration is specified, MPLAB X uses a default subdirectory called default. Within the dist\<configuration> directory, the HEX file will be found in the production subdirectory.

  • Once the project is built, the HEX file for a project is created using the project name formatted as ProjectName.X. If the default configuration is used, it may be found at the following location:
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