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If you experience some issues or difficulties with the extension or portable version, please let us know on our forum or directly on GitHub.

This chapter focuses on HARDWARIO Code which is our slightly changed version of Visual Studio Code. It includes all needed tools that are needed to develop firmware for HARDWARIO TOWER.


If you already have your Visual Studio Code and don't want to install the new version, there is an extension available that you can install.

You will need to install all needed tools by yourself, on how to do that visit the TOWER VSCode Extension chapter.


There is a version available for each major operating system. Installation slightly differs.

  • Download the HARDWARIO Code installer for windows

  • Complete the installer


    At the location selection, we recommend leaving the default path that leads to your user AppData (the portable version of Visual Studio Code does not support multiple user installations).

  • You should have HARDWARIO Code icon on the desktop

  • Wait for the HARDWARIO Code to open

  • You should see HARDWARIO Logo on the side panel and the HARDWARIO Code at the top of the window


You can now start using the HARDWARIO Code for developing HARDWARIO TOWER Firmware. To get some basic information on how to use the extension visit HARDWARIO Code Tutorial or you can go straight to the Firmware Quick Start chapter.