PICAXE USB Download Cable

Product Details

Essential purchase! - the PICAXE USB download cable can be used with all PICAXE project boards and chip sizes, so purchase once and then use over and over again with all your PICAXE projects. This cable is also included within the starter packs.

Compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux and Chromebooks.

This quality cable is a robust USB to 3.5mm jack plug cable, 1.8m long. The USB<>serial adapter wizardry, based on an FTDI converter chip, is a tiny miniature circuit securely moulded right inside the rectangular USB connector. This USB cable is a 5V logic level device, so works far better than a 'serial cable + universal USB-RS232 adapter' combination when, for instance, calibrating touch sensors with the PICAXE software.

Top Tips!

  • Always use your AXE027 USB cable in the same USB port on your computer. It will then always retain the same 'virtual COM port' number.
  • Always insert the AXE027 USB cable before starting the PICAXE software.
  • For Linux please click here 
  • For Chromebooks please click here

More details can be found in the Setting up your AXE027 USB download cable for first use page of our Getting Started section.


Pack size 170x90x30mm
Pack weight 81g

USB PICAXE Download Cable - USB to 3.5mm stereo plug

FTDI Chipset

1.8m long

FCC / CE / RoHS Compliant


Driver Installation Instructions (Windows 10,11/Linux) PDF Manual
Driver Installation Instructions (Windows XP,7,8/Older Linux/Mac) Old PDF Manual
Windows USB Driver (zip format) v2.08.14
Use this download to manually install the driver as described in the PDF instructions above.
Windows Driver
USB Driver for Mac OSX Intel 64 bit (10.9+) Mac Intel 10.9+
(64 bit)
USB Driver for Mac OSX Intel 64 bit (10.3-10.8) Mac Intel 10.3-10.8 (64 bit)
USB Driver for Mac OSX Intel 32 bit (10.3-10.8) Mac Intel 10.3-10.8 (32 bit)
USB Driver for Mac OSX PowerPC (10.3 - 10.5) PowerPC Driver
USB Driver for Linux (ftdi_sio modprobe instructions) Linux Driver
Driver Information for Linux Linux / Chromebook
Driver Information for Chromebook Linux / Chromebook
Advanced Settings (COM port / download speed) Settings PDF


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