How do I program AT Tiny85 with the AVR Pocket Programmer?

Andrew December 10, 2012

I recently purchased an AVR Pocket Programmer from SparkFun Electronics and am trying to reprogram an AT tiny85. After many days of searching and experimenting, the only conclusion reached is that I need help. Any assistance on this topic would be much appreciated.

  1. MV
    January 7, 2013 at 4:58 am

    I just got this programmer and have a short note on programming the ATtiny85 with it:

  2. Vishal Srivastava
    December 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    What I found on SparkFun was that AVR Pocket Programmer ( is a piece of hardware. Since your link is broken, I can not confirm if it is truly what you want.
    As I understand from my search, this programmer requires AVRdude. I have some experience with it but whenever I have to do anything related to it, I always refer to my friend (webname) mogul's article here-
    That article features using an Arduino Uno to bootload Attiny 13 and program it. For you, the connections is already done. All you'll have to understand is the software part of using AVRdude. You can also ask for technical help in their forums ( as I suppose that site will be more well equipped to help you than this site (because everyone there is more experienced with creator electronics than consumer electronics). If you join it (its free and no problem of unwanted post or virus in your email. No email at all), you might be able to talk to technical people directly using the Shoutbox feature available to users who are signed in. Mogul himself is present there and may help you (if you say please!!).

    • Andrew Niklas
      December 18, 2012 at 5:05 am

      Hello yes that is the correct piece of hardware that you linked to. ( sorry mine did not work) And thank for that tip i will definitely look into that site and see what i can find.

  3. Jim Chambers
    December 11, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Get Atmel Studio 6 for free and lots of programming examples and other info here -