MPLAB is a proprietary freeware integrated development environment for the development of embedded applications on PIC and dsPIC microcontrollers, and is developed by Microchip Technology.
MPLAB X is the latest edition of MPLAB, and is developed on the NetBeans platform. MPLAB and MPLAB X support project management, code editing, debugging and programming of Microchip 8-bit PIC and AVR (including ATMEGA) microcontrollers, 16-bit PIC24 and dsPIC microcontrollers, as well as 32-bit SAM (ARM) and PIC32 (MIPS) microcontrollers.
MPLAB is designed to work with MPLAB-certified devices such as the MPLAB ICD 3 and MPLAB REAL ICE, for programming and debugging PIC microcontrollers using a personal computer. PICKit programmers are also supported by MPLAB.
MPLAB X supports automatic code generation with the MPLAB Code Configurator and the MPLAB Harmony Configurator plugins.
5.40 / May 15, 2020
|Written in||Java (programming language)|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux|
|Website||MPLAB X Homepage|
MPLAB X is the latest version of the MPLAB IDE built by Microchip Technology, and is based on the open-source NetBeans platform. MPLAB X supports editing, debugging and programming of Microchip 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers.
MPLAB X supports the following compilers:
- MPLAB XC8 — C compiler for 8-bit PIC and AVR devices
- MPLAB XC16 — C compiler for 16-bit PIC devices
- MPLAB XC32 — C/C++ compiler for 32-bit MIPS-based PIC32 and ARM-based SAM devices 
- HI-TECH C — C compiler for 8-bit PIC devices (discontinued)
- SDCC — open-source C compiler
8.92 / July 23, 2013
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
MPLAB 8.x is the last version of the legacy MPLAB IDE technology, custom built by Microchip Technology in Microsoft Visual C++. MPLAB supports project management, editing, debugging and programming of Microchip 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers. MPLAB only works on Microsoft Windows. MPLAB is still available from Microchip's archives, but is not recommended for new projects.
MPLAB supports the following compilers:
- MPLAB MPASM Assembler
- MPLAB ASM30 Assembler
- MPLAB C Compiler for PIC18
- MPLAB C Compiler for PIC24 and dsPIC DSCs
- MPLAB C Compiler for PIC32
- HI-TECH C
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- MPLAB SNAP In-Circuit Debugger (DS50002787A), Microchip, 2018
- Designing Embedded Systems with 32-Bit PIC, Newnes, 22-Aug-2013
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- MPLAB X Home Page, Microchip
- MPLAB® XC Compilers, Microchip
- HI-TECH C compiler for PIC10/12/16 MCUs (PRO), Microchip
- Setting up the free compiler SDCC at MPLABX, Google Sites
- MPLAB IDE Archives, Microchip