The micro:bit can be connected to your computer or device with a micro USB cable that is capable of data transfer (not just charging). Data can be sent and received between the BBC micro:bit and the computer so programs can be downloaded from Windows, Mac, ChromeOS (Chromebooks) and Linux (including Raspberry Pi) onto the micro:bit via this USB data connection.

Connect the small end of the cable to your micro:bit and the other end to your computer's USB port. The micro:bit will show up as a disk drive called MICROBIT

If possible, avoid using USB ports on computers designed for charging devices (they are often marked with a lightning bolt or 'SS'). They supply a higher current than the micro:bit is designed to handle, and you may cause damage to your micro:bit. You may introduce a USB hub between the high current port and the micro:bit to overcome this issue, providing that the hub is also not marked for high speed 'SS' use.

Don't see the MICROBIT drive?

If you need to check the micro:bit has mounted as a drive called MICROBIT

Windows -  open Device Manager and look under Disk Drives

Mac OS  - open Disk Utility from Aplications > Utilities

Chrome OS - Open the Files app.

Ubuntu  - open Disks

Raspbian - open File Manager

In each utility the micro:bit should be listed as an external drive.

For troubleshooting see our article on fault finding with the micro:bit