FT232R and FT245R USB UART Drivers

USB DriverThis is the FT232R and FT245R USB UART drivers. You do not normally need a UART driver for the devices as they are treated by the computer in the same way as the BM series devices. That noted that any driver which worked on the BM series devices will also now work with the R series devices.  Note that there are some new functionalities which may now require the most recent drivers for the devices.

FT232R and FT245R USB UART Drivers

As of date any application which was coded for both the AM or BM series devices should still work with R series devices. There should be very few changes in this regard. You can also see some of the most common UART problems here. If the  FT232R/FT245R asks for a new driver each time you connect to a device then you will note that Windows normally installs the drivers by serial number. Each time a new connection is made Windows will install the driver again for the new connected device.

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This is normal as the R series device driver will need to be installed when it is connected to your system. FT and BM series components are not the same and not interchangeable. You will note that  FT232R and FT245R are available in 28-pin SSOP and 32-pin QFN packages while the BM series devices were available in 32-pin LQFP and 32-pin QFN packages. You can also find the USB to UART driver on this website.


FT232R and FT245R Virtual COM Port Drivers

Virtual COM port (VCP) drivers cause the USB device to appear as an additional COM port available to the PC. The are for chips made by FTDI.

Operating System Release Date x86 (32-bit) x64 (64-bit)
Windows* 201708-30 2.12.28 2.12.28


2021 VCP driver – 32bit/64bit Windows

Windows CE 4.2-5.2: Windows Mobile 2003, Mobile 2003 SE, Mobile, Mobile 6, Mobile 6.1 ,Mobile 6.5, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, ; Server 2008 R2, Server 2012 R2 and Server 2016

FT232R USB UART Driver Download 

2021 VCP driver – 32bit/64bit Windows

Windows 10 and Windows 11 only.

FT232R USB UART Driver Download

FT232R and FT245R D2XX drivers

D2XX drivers allow direct access to the USB device through a DLL.

Operating System Release Date x86 (32-bit) x64 (64-bit)
Windows* 201708-30 2.12.28 2.12.28

2021 D2XX Direct Drivers

Windows (Desktop) 2021-07-15

FT232RDriver X86 (64-Bit)

FT232R Driver X86 (32-Bit)

Windows RT Driver (ARM) (2014-07-04)

Linux X64 (64-Bit) / X86 (32-Bit)  (2020-05-18)


Linux Driver: (All FTDI devices now supported in Ubuntu 11.10, kernel 3.0.0-19)

You can download the file below. This was the last UART driver for Linux which was released in 2009.

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Linux UART Driver


The installation is easy or if there is a problem you can install it manually. The instructions on how to install the UART driver has been added below.

FT232R Windows 10 UART Installation

Click on the Windows Logo and type Device Manger

You will now see the USB Serial Cable in your Device Manager and you will need to Right-Click on the driver. Then click on “Update Driver Software” on the menu.

You will then have to click on Browse and browse to where you had extracted the file content.

Now Browse to the location where the files are extracted and click on Next for the installation to begin.

The USB Serial Converter has now been installed.


FT232R USB Serial Port Installation

Now you have to install the USB Serial Port software.

You will need to Right Click on the USB Serial Port which has a small yellow bubble next to it. You will also note below that the steps above have now installed the USB Serial Converter.

uart sriver

Right Click on the USB Serial Port and click on Update Driver Software which will then bring up another menu. Just like above you click Browse and then Browse to the location where you extracted the driver. Then click on Next as above. The port software will now install. If you are old enough to remember PcTel software modems when this UART software installs in the very same way. This is the FT232R and FT245R USB UART drivers.

The Device Manager will now show the following.

How to install and setup RS 232 on Ubuntu FT232R USB UART

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