Getting Started

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System Requirements

ROBOTC requires basic system specifications to run properly. The development environment is not processor intensive, but the interactive debugger may slow down computer performance on older machines.

System Requirements:
Intel® Pentium® processor or compatible, 800 MHz minimum
Windows XP Professional or Home Edition with Service Pack 2 or greater
256MB of RAM minimum
Up to 30MB of available hard disk space
1 available USB port
Compatible Bluetooth adapter (optional)

ROBOTC Virtual Worlds System Requirements:
Intel® Core 2 Duo®/AMD® Athlon X2® or better processor
Windows XP Home or Professional Edition with Service Pack 2 or greater, Windows Vista, Windows 7
2048 MB (2 GB) of RAM minimum
Minimum 200MB free hard drive space
NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800GTS/ATI Radeon™ HD 3850 or better video card
DirectX® 9.0 or DirectX® 10

For more information on ROBOTC's Virtual World program, see our Computer Requirements and Performance page.

ROBOTC will not run natively in any other operating system other than Microsoft Windows. ROBOTC will run with a Virtualization client on a Apple Macintosh. ROBOTC has been tested with VMWare Fusion, Parallels Desktop, and Apple's Boot Camp. You will still need to download/install device drivers found on your purchased CD or on the ROBOTC website.

Downloading ROBOTC

Before we start programming in ROBOTC, we need to first download and install the client. This can be done by navigating to ROBOTC's website ( and selecting the 'Downloads' tab.
1) From the ROBOTC website, select the individual robotics platform you wish to program on. If you want to use multiple platforms or accidentally download the wrong version, you can manually activate and choose another platform thorugh the ROBOTC program. When you get to the correct platform page, click on the 'Download ROBOTC for X version x.xx' to start the download process:

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2) At this point click the 'Save' button to start downloading ROBOTC. You may get a warning pop-up from either Windows, your antivirus program, or both. This is to warn you that some programs downloaded from the internet can be malicious and to use care before running them; click allow to start the download.

Installing and Uninstalling ROBOTC


1) Once the program is done downloading, navigate to the Downloads folder on your computer and start the ROBOTC installer. You may have to right click on the installer and select the "Run as Administrator" depending on individual computer restrictions; ROBOTC must be installed with administrator privileges.

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2) Before you can proceed, you must read over and accept the End User License Agreement. If you agree to the End User Agreement, check the "I accept" and then the "Next" button to continue the installation.

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3) Next, select where you would like ROBOTC to install to. The default location is C:/Program Files (x86)/Robomatter Inc/ROBOTC Development Environment.

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4) The installer will ask you to confirm your settings. If everything looks correct, click "Install" to being the installation process. The installer will then begin copying files from the installer to your computer. Please wait until this is complete.

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5) The installer will inform you of when the installation is complete. Click the "Finish" button to complete your install.

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6) Right-Click on the ROBOTC icon and select "Run as Administrator" to run ROBOTC as an administrator (assuming the user account has administrator privileges). You will only need to do this one time.

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Depending on which platform you are installing, ROBOTC may also install additional drivers unique to each platform. If for any reason the drivers are not downloaded and installed properly they can be downloaded and installed manually from the ROBOTC website.


To uninstall ROBOTC, follow the steps below:

1) Open the Control Panel from your Windows "Start Menu"
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2) Inside of the Control Panel, select "Programs -> Uninstall a Program" or "Add or Remove Programs" (depending on view settings).
3) Navigate through the "Add or Remove Programs" list until you find the version of ROBOTC that you wish to uninstall. Press the "Uninstall" button.

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4) Windows will start the uninstall process. When the window below disappears and you are returned to the "Add or Remove Programs" list, ROBOTC has been successfully uninstalled.

Activate Online

To continue using ROBOTC past the 30 day trial period, you must purchase a ROBOTC license and then activate the license on each computer.

To activate ROBOTC, you will need the License ID and Password that was sent to you during the purchase process.

  • If you purchased a ROBOTC license online, the License ID and Password were sent to the email address specified.
  • If you ordered the CD-ROM version of ROBOTC, the License ID and Password are printed on the CD label.

If you are Activating the ROBOTC license on computers with internet access, follow the Activation instructions below.

NOTE: ROBOTC must be activated on each individual computer. ROBOTC can no longer be activated offline; the computers must be activated with a working internet connection. Once activation is complete, the computers do not need to remain online to stay activated.

Follow these steps to activate on a computer with internet access:

1) Open ROBOTC and navigate to the Help menu. From there, select 'Manage Licenses -> Add License'. If you do not already have a ROBOTC license, you may purchase one by clicking the 'Purchase License' option.

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2) From the Manage License menu, select the 'Add License' button. Note that there is also a greyed out option for "Deactivate License". This allows you to deactivate the license (where applicable; not all licenses can be deactivated) and reactivate it on another computer. Once a license is activated, you can also see the registration information and create a desktop icon for ROBOTC by clikcing on their respective buttons.

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3) Clicking the Add License button will bring up a 'Add New ROBOTC License' window. From here you must first select which type of license you have and then enter your License ID and Password (to see the password characters as you type, uncheck the 'mask' checkbox).

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4) Once the information is entered, click the 'Activate Online' button to activate the product. If you wish to activate multiple products, simply repeat the process. You may also start a trial of any of the ROBOTC versions (assuming the trial has not already been activated on the computer) by selecting the program you'd wish to try and selecting "Start Trial".

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Select Platform Type

ROBOTC for MINDSTORMS has support for four different platforms:
  • LEGO Mindstorms RCX
  • LEGO Mindstorms NXT
  • LEGO Mindstorms NXT + TETRIX
  • Robot Algebra (NXT)

Before you use ROBOTC, make sure to select which platform you are currently using.

Changing Platform Type: Open the "Robot" menu in ROBOTC and hover your cursor over the "Platform Type" menu option. This will open up the platform select menu. Select the platform you wish you use with ROBOTC. You can change the platform type at any time.