PICKit2 is one of the most common programmers for PIC microcontrollers. PICKit2 and PICKit3 are available in the market. Besides, you can make your PIC programmer using the PICKit2 colon Simplified version. In this article, you will see how you can make your PICKit2. Also, there are our products, you can get help too.



>> PICKit2 2.6 Software download link.

You may check this: PICKit2 PCB Design Download

About PICKit2:

PICKit2 is a programmer of firmware burner or you can call it hex burner too for PIC micro-controllers. It is an open-sourced programmer from Microchip Electronics. The PICkit 2 is an older version of the PICkitâ„¢ 3 and does not support newer devices. For new device support and additional features, please see the PICkit 3. But for a small range of products and learning steps, this is the best.

PICKit2 Circuit diagram:

Here is the PICKit2 colon Simplified circuit diagram. Some components are changed with their equivalent ones.

PICKit2 Circuit diagram

This is the main circuit for PICKit2. But you can eliminate some parts to simplify this design. Here, U1 & U2 are used to store programs for the ‘Program to Go’ option. From a simple operation, this is not required. You can omit this. Again, the VDD TGT P section is not required all the time for normal 5V MCUs. You can eliminate that block too.

Simplified Circuit:

After simplification, the diagram is like this:

PICKit2 Circuit diagram

Once you made the circuit on a board, you need to install the PICKit2 software.

PICKit2 Software:

Or simply install the software first, then you can find the firmware from C://program files/microchip/pickit2. There will be a hex file like this:

PCB [Single Layer version] :

You can design your PCB if you wish. Besides, you can use ours too.

PICKit2 programmer

The PCB is designed in SprintLayout 6.0. You can use that or anything else. The output of this design is:


If you are interested then you can get the design files. But as to design such a product lots of effort is required. So you should pay a little for that.


In this article, you learned about PICKit2. Besides, you can follow our designs or even you can buy the Gerber file from us. Now you can make your programmer I wish.

Thanks, and enjoy.

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Mithun K. Das; B. Sc. in EEE from KUET; Head of R&D @ M's Lab Engineering Solution. "This is my personal blog. I post articles on different subjects related to electronics in the easiest way so that everything becomes easy for all, especially for beginners. If you have any questions, feel free to ask through the contact us page." Thanks.


Asimiyu · 05/04/2021 at 2:13 pm

Thank you sir. More strength, long life, wisdoms and prosperity to you insallah.

Eniola · 27/07/2022 at 4:02 am

Thanks sir for this great ideal.sir, the components changed in the circuit are ?or can I use those one in the schemetic diagram as shown above?or which one can I replace to each other? looking forward to your quick God bless you

    MKDas · 27/07/2022 at 10:49 am

    You can use the components shown in schematics.

      Stetison Braga Pedro · 10/08/2022 at 3:21 am


      Could you please provide me the file for the layout in the Sprint Layout of this project? Thanks.

        MKDas · 10/08/2022 at 10:05 am

        Its not free, you have to buy it.

Ade · 03/02/2023 at 6:35 am

The pcb files not available to download

    MKDas · 03/02/2023 at 12:04 pm

    oh sorry, the link was edited. I’ll correct it soon.

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