|PIC programmer for Windows 95 / 98 / XP
This is a simple program for Win95/98/XP to program the PIC firmware from
a HEX-file (the type generated by Microchip's
MPLABTM) into a PIC microcontroller.
Most modern PICs (like the PIC16F84, 16F628, 12F675, dsPIC30Fxxxx) can be
reprogrammed many times, because the program can be erased electrically (the
code is stored in a FLASH, not a simple ROM). Some of the "very simple"
programmer interfaces can be used, a few of them are described in the
Originally I wrote this program for myself to get the PIC-keyer firmware
into a PIC16F84, after discovering that the once-famous DOS program called
"PIP-02" refused to work under windoze.
Note: Meanwhile there are other programs called "WinPic" on the web.
If you look for an update, search the net for "WinPic" AND "DL4YHF" to find
the right one.
serial interface: compatible to the "COM84", "JDM", and user-defined
Most interfaces for the COM-port should work without a special port-access
driver, and may even work with USB<->RS-232 adapters now !
parallel interface: compatible with SM6LKM's "PIP84"-interface, check Johan's
many other interfaces can be driven with a simple interface definition file
exotic interfaces can be supported through a specialized hardware-interface
possibility to verify the PIC at different voltages (almost "production grade")
requires a PC with WIN95, Win98, Win XP (Win NT 4.0 and Win2000 not tested)
Code memory size now up to 8192 words, data EEPROM memory up to 256 byte.
Code and data memory may be programmed separately
Bulk erase ("erase all") or individual programming of all bytes present in
Built-in "hex editor" for quick patches in code or data EEPROM memory
Invocation with command line arguments is possible, so you can run WinPic
from a shell
Extra window with "Reload & program"
function (always in front of others)
WinPic now also supports JDM PIC-programmer 2, Velleman K8048, the Hoodmicro,
the Willem interface, El Cheapo, and many others. The only(?) interfaces
which WinPic doesn't support are Microchip's "PicStart plus" (far too expensive)
and "PicKit2" .
Thanks to various collaborators, a French, Greek, Portugese,
Spanish, and Turkish translation of WinPic's user interface is available.
All languages are now contained in the installer (no need to download anything
Besides SMPORT, the PortTalk driver can be used. It proved to be faster under
WinXP, especially when programming larger PICs (dsPIC and PIC18F).
Supported PIC microcontrollers
dsPIC30F2010 (theoretically ALL dsPIC30F devices supported, a few tested)
PIC16C710, PIC16C711, PIC16C715
PIC10F200, PIC10F202, PIC10F204, PIC10F206
PIC12F629, PIC12F635, PIC12F675, PIC12F683
PIC12F609, PIC16F610, PIC12F615, PIC16F616
PIC16F627, PIC16F627A, PIC16F628, PIC16F628A
PIC16F630, PIC16F636, PIC16F648A
PIC16F676, PIC16F684, PIC16F688
PIC16F73, PIC16F737, PIC16F74, PIC16F76, PIC16F77
PIC18F242, PIC18F248, PIC18F252, PIC18F258
PIC18F442, PIC18F448, PIC18F452, PIC18F458
PIC18F2XX0/2XX5/4XX0/4XX5 (tested: PIC18F2550)
and other "quite compatible" devices, if you have the datasheet and a text
Links and more info:
(As you can see, many of the once-active websites have gone..)
(Please note: The websites listed above are under the sole control,
copyright and responsibility of the authors of those pages. I am unable to
take any responsibility for the content of web-sites that you reach through
these hyperlinks. Furthermore, though some sites may be "commercial", WinPic
is and remains a non-profit amateur project - see
DL4YHF's WinPic Programmer installation
Contains everything you need to run WinPic, including the help system.
Since 2005-11, WinPic is distributed with an installer, which contains all
translations (so Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian,
Portugese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish are now all "built-in" - thanks
to all collaborators ! )
Sourcecodes for writing your own
interface-plugin-DLL (interface_dlls.zip) . Contains a sample DLL project
written in DevC++ V 220.127.116.11 (a nice freeware C/C++ compiler based on GCC/MINGW,
including a simple IDE).
For non-profit purposes, most of the
sourcecodes are available too (if
the link doesn't work, I have removed the sources from the website on purpose.
If you need the sources, ask for them). WinPic was written in Borland C++
Builder V4 for Windows. The port access drivers SMPORT (by A. Weitzman) and
PortTalk (by Craig Peacock) are not included in the sourcecode
especially those written by the collaborators (- thanks !-). If
the sourcecodes are not there (which happens if I work on WinPic again),
or if you urgently need the very latest sourcecode, send an email
to me - .
Permission is granted to use, modify, or redistribute this software so long
as it is not sold or exploited for profit, and as long as you mention where
you found the original parts. A part of the old 16C84-programming algorithm
and the hex-file loading routine was 'inspired' by David Tait's PIC programmer
for DOS. The PIC18F programming routines were written by Martin van der Werff,
who also informed me about the better performance of the PortTalk driver.
A note for Japanese users
A Japanese version of WinPic, written by FENG3,
is now used to be available at his website:
This software is provided 'AS IS' and any express or implied warranties,
including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of
merchantability(*), fitness for a particular purpose,
or non-infringement, are disclaimed. In no event shall the author or contributors
be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or
consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement for the
substitute of good or services, loss of use, data, or profits; or business
interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract,
strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in
any way out of the use of this software, even if advised of the possibility
of such damage.
(*) to be more specific, this software isn't merchantable at all,
since I will not sell it, and no-one else is allowed to... ;-).
In other words, the entire risk is with you ! (what else would you expect
from a freeware..)
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