Flash your C.H.I.P.s without an Internet Connection!

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Today we’re pleased to release a new version of the C.H.I.P. Flasher for Chrome. The Flasher now includes a way upgrade your C.H.I.P. without needing a persistent internet connection, and a new user interface. Nice work Howie and Tina!

Upgrading an Old Flasher

Great news, this should happen automatically, so just head over to the Flasher and follow the onscreen directions.

If you want to make sure you have the latest version, type in chrome://extensions/ (You’ll need to type the address in manually, since chrome:// hyperlinks do not work as you’d expect) and look for the C.H.I.P. Flasher icon. If it says 3.0.0, then you’re using the latest and greatest release.


Installing From Scratch

If you have never used our Flasher before, make sure you have the latest version of Chrome, and head to flash.getchip.com for onscreen instructions.


Using Offline Flashing

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Once you have the latest version of the Flasher, browsing to flash.getchip.com will show you all of the available C.H.I.P. images, plus a new “Choose a file” button.

To get started with offline flashing, first download an image you want to store locally on your computer by clicking on the cloud with a down arrow icon. This saves a .chp file to your computer, which is just a fancy file-extension we use for C.H.I.P. flashable images.

Once the download completes, click on the “Choose a file…” icon in the Flasher and select the local image you just downloaded. The flasher will then walk you through the rest of the installation process.


Total Offline Flashing

With the Flasher extension installed and an image downloaded, you don’t need an internet connection. Rather than using the flash.getchip.com website, you can access the locally stored Chrome extension directly. This method of access is the only difference between the Offline Flashing and Totally Offline Flashing.

To use the Totally Offline Flashing method, type chrome://apps/ (again, you’ll need to type this in manually), in the location bar and press Enter.

Example of the chrome://apps window for offline flashing.

Example of the chrome://apps window for offline flashing. Your installed apps may vary.

Click on the C.H.I.P. Flasher icon and then follow the onscreen instructions.


Share Your Experience with Us

This new Flasher version opens the door for exciting new features we can’t wait to release. For a full list of changes in the latest Flasher, see Howie’s forum post, and make sure to share with us you experiences using the software.

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