ard-parse-boards(1) Read data from the Arduino boards.txt file


Dump all the data in the file:
 $ ard-parse-boards --dump

See which boards we know about:
 $ ard-parse-boards --boards

Look for a particular board...
 $ ard-parse-boards --find uno

multiple terms are implicitly ANDed:
 $ ard-parse-boards --find duemil 328

Dump all the data for a particular board:
 $ ard-parse-boards atmega328

Extract a particular field:
 $ ard-parse-boards atmega328 build.f_cpu


The Arduino software package ships with a boards.txt file which tells the Arduino IDE details about particular hardware. So when the user says he's got a shiny new Arduino Uno, boards.txt knows that it has a 16MHz ATmega328 on it. It would be nice to access these data from the command line too.

In normal operation you simply specify the tag given to the board in the boards.txt file, and optionally a field name. This program then extracts the data to STDOUT.

Most boards have names which are quite unwieldy, so we always refer to a board by a tag, not its name. Strictly the tag is the bit before the first dot in the boards.txt key. You can see a list of board tags and names with the "--boards" option.


Specify the full path to the boards.txt file.

The following options all disable the normal 'lookup' operation.

Dump the complete database in YAML format.

Print a list of the tag and name of every board in the file.

--find [query] <query> ...
Find matching data. Strictly, return a list of values which match all of the query terms, treating each term as a case-insensitive regexp.

For example:
 --find 328
 List data containing 328 (anywhere in the value).

 --find due
 List data containing 'due' (e.g. duemilanove).

 --find 328 due
 List data containing both 328 and due.


There are no known bugs in this application.

Please report problems to the author.

Patches are welcome.


Martin Oldfield, [email protected]

Thanks to Mark Sproul who suggested doing something like this to me ages ago.


Copyright (c) 2011, Martin Oldfield. All rights reserved.

This file is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.