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VEX IQ Firmware Updates

VEX IQ Firmware Updates

All of the VEX IQ Smart Devices (Robot Brain, Controller, Smart Motor, and sensors) contain their own internal processors and run special software called firmware. This firmware is what allows for advanced programming features and an enhanced user experience. The best way to ensure that your VEX IQ system is functioning properly is to keep the firmware up to date.

Important Note: When the firmware on the Robot Brain is updated, all sensors and motors must also be updated by plugging them in to the Brain during the update.

For information on changes between firmware versions, visit the VEX IQ Firmware Changelog.

Current Firmware

Robot Brain Firmware Version 1.15
Updated June 2015

  • NOTE: Requires update to all sensors
  • Improved USB communications
  • Improved Sensor/Motor communications
  • Reduced chance of memory corruption

Controller Firmware Version 1.04
Updated November 2014

  • Supports Robot Brain Firmware v1.13 (or newer)
  • Improved battery charging software for better performance
  • Updated battery & charge status communication
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Installing the VEX IQ Firmware Update Utility for Windows

     (Click here for OS X instructions)


Note:If you have already installed the VEX IQ Firmware Update Utility, you can skip this step and proceed to step one of using the firmware updater by plugging in all of your devices. The Update Utility automatically pulls the latest firmware version from the web as soon as when it is released.



1. Click on the download button below to download the installer.



VEX IQ Firmware Update Utility DownloadVEX IQ Firmware
Update (Windows)

Free Download (15.1 MB)



2. If given the option, choose "Run". Otherwise, save the file and open it. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the VEX IQ Firmware Updater.

3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the VEX IQ Firmware Updater.


Installing the VEX IQ Firmware Updater for Mac OS X

     (Click here for Windows instructions)


Note: If you have already installed the VEX IQ Firmware Update Utility, you can skip this step and proceed to step one of using the firmware updater by plugging in all of your devices. The Update Utility automatically pulls the latest firmware version from the web as soon as it is released.



1. Click on the download button below to download the installer.



VEX IQ Firmware Update Utility DownloadVEX IQ Firmware
Updater (OS X)

Free Download (3.1 MB)



2. Mount the DMG by opening the downloaded file and following the on-screen instructions.

3. Open the DMG (found on your desktop) and drag the Firmware Update Utility to the Applications folder.


Using the VEX IQ Firmware Updater - 3 Easy Steps!


Plug all devices into the Robot Brain, and plug the Robot Brain into your computer via USB.

Turn on the Robot Brain.

Open the VEX IQ Firmware Updater, and click "Update All Components".