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.

Warning

  • Setting the installation directory from C:\foxconda3 to 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. C:\Program Files)

The following figures from fig. 2.1 to fig. 2.8 will show the installation process.

  1. The startpage of the installer

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    Fig. 2.1 Installer start page

  2. The license terms of the installer

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    Fig. 2.2 Installer license terms

  3. The installation type foxconda3 binaries. Select Just Me (recommended).

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    Fig. 2.3 Installation type of foxconda3

  4. The installation path for foxconda3. Set the path to C:\foxconda3.

    Warning

    Changing the default installation directory from C:\foxconda3 to something other will create a lot extra effort when setting up the Eclipse workspace. This is not advised.

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    Fig. 2.4 Installation directory

  5. Avanced options of the installation. Unselect Register Anaconda as my default Python 3.6

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    Fig. 2.5 Advanced Options

  6. The installation process

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    Fig. 2.6 Installation process

  7. The installation process is completed. Click Next >.

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    Fig. 2.7 Completed installation step

  8. The finish of the installtion process. Click Finish.

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    Fig. 2.8 Installation finish

From the command line, the convenience terminal environment can be used by executing the Anaconda Prompt:

  • Go the the start menu
  • Type Anaconda Prompt
  • Enter

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:

C:\foxconda3\Scripts\activate