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STM32 "Blue Pill"

Some quick notes about setting up a STM32F103C8T6 "Blue Pill" for development on Arduino.1)

This page describes the process for settings things up with the Arduino_STM32 tools originally developed by Roger Clarke. These tools are now effectively unsupported.

The main alternative that is supported is the Arduino_Core_STM32 project. I don't know how much of what's below transfers to Arduino_Core_STM32.



In addition to a “Blue Pill,” you will need a 3.3V USB to serial converter.

Lots of pins on the STM32F103C8T6 are purported to be 5V tolerant. The main DC isn't, and I don't know if TX/RX are. So, play it safe and use a 3.3V serial converter. I used a SparkFun Serial Basic configured for 3.3V. Only the TX and RX pins and, optionally, power will be used, so you should be able to use a standard FTDI board as well.

Mind the voltages!

Some serial converter boards put out 5V as VCC even when set to 3.3V mode. Applying 5V to the 3.3V main supply line of a Blue Pill will kill it. Carefully check your 3.3V serial converter board to see whether the VCC output is 3.3V or 5V.

There is a 5V input on the Blue Pill and a USB connector that can power the board from 5V. These go through a small 3.3V regulator.


  • Connect ground from the serial converter board to the GND pins of the Blue Pill.
  • Connect the serial converter's RX to the Blue Pill's A9.
  • Connect the serial converter's TX to the Blue Pill's A10.
  • If you will be powering the Blue Pill from the serial converter board, connect VCC from the serial converter board to the 3.3 pin of the Blue Pill if your serial converter board provides a 3.3V VCC output or the 5V pin if your serial converter board only puts out 5V VCC.

Arduino environment

Do once:

Project config

Under the Tools menu, make the following selections:

  • Board : “Generic STM32F103C series”
  • Variant : “STM32F103C8 (20k RAM. 64k Flash)”
  • Upload method : “Serial”
  • CPU Speed(MHz) : “72Mhz (Normal)”
  • Optimize : “Smallest (default)”
  • Port : wherever the serial converter is plugged into


  • Move the BOOT0 jumper (i.e., the one furthest from the Reset button) to the 1 position (i.e., to the 3.3V pin, closest to the microcontroller IC).
  • Push reset.
  • Upload the sketch. It should start running.

To re-upload, push reset and upload.

To put the device into “use” mode, move the BOOT0 jumper back to the 0 position (i.e., to GND, away from the microcontroller IC).




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arduino/stm32_blue_pill.txt · Last modified: 2022/06/26 01:18 by mithat