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VEXcode is free to use.

New features in this version:

  • Added Android support for VEXcode IQ Blocks
  • (All) Implemented detailed messages when compiler errors are generated
  • (All) Added logic to detect duplicate variable names in existing projects
  • (All) Added logic to prevent duplicate names when creating variables/lists/devices
  • (All) Improved variable name and device name validation to avoid using reserved words
  • (All) Added a Controller block to programmatically enable/disable control of the Devices Window configured Controller
  • (All) Updated existing and added new example projects
  • (All) Add a timeout for the Cloud Compiler process to prevent the application from locking up during communication errors
  • (iPadOS/Android/ChromeOS) Improved Cloud Compiler connectivity to prevent communication errors
  • (iPadOS) Fixed issue with iOS losing changes to projects when closed
  • (iPadOS) iPadOS will now always restore to last open project or unsaved project
  • (iPadOS) Fixed number keypad not displaying for numeric entry on iPadOS 13
  • (iPadOS) Improved wireless downloading speed via Smart Radios

Known Issues:

  1. Blocks do not automatically update when device / direction names change in the Devices window
  2. Share functionality is not yet supported on iPad/Android
  3. Recent Projects is not yet supported on ChromeOS
  4. Projects will not download on iPad/Android if a VEX IQ Controller with a Smart Radio installed is actively linked to a VEX IQ Brain
  5. Tutorial videos cannot be played in “full screen” mode on ChromeOS
  6. When installing on Windows 7, you may receive a warning about unsigned VEX IQ drivers. Users will need to select “Install this driver software anyways” to proceed
  7. Interacting with notes on iOS devices may cause problems with responsiveness. If the workspace is not responsive after interacting with notes, select a Category from the Toolbox to restore the workspace
  8. Using the “Share” button to generate a PDF of the project does not print the content of project notes (yellow boxes)

VEXcode IQ Text

Release scheduled for November 2019

VEXcode V5 Blocks - v1.0.4

iOS & Android versions coming soon
Minimum system requirements


New features in this version:

  • (All) Implemented detailed messages when compiler errors are generated
  • (All) Added logic to detect duplicate variable names in existing projects
  • (All) Added logic to prevent duplicate names when creating variables/lists/devices
  • (All) Improved variable name and device name validation to avoid using reserved words
  • (All) Added a Controller block to programmatically enable/disable control of the Devices Window configured Controller
  • (All) Updated existing and added new example projects
  • (All) Add a timeout for the Cloud Compiler process to prevent the application from locking up during communication errors
  • (ChromeOS) Improved Cloud Compiler connectivity to prevent communication errors

Known Issues:

  1. Blocks do not automatically update when device / direction names change in the Devices window
  2. Recent Projects is not yet supported on ChromeOS
  3. Tutorial videos cannot be played in “full screen” mode on ChromeOS
  4. Using the “Share” button to generate a PDF of the project does not print the content of project notes (yellow boxes)

VEXcode V5 Text - v1.0.1

Chromebook version coming soon
Minimum system requirements


New features in 1.0.1:

  • Added "Expert Robot Configuration" toggle to project settings to disable the Graphical Robot Configuration tool.
  • Resolved an issue with opening Example Projects after importing a .VEX file.
  • Added two missing commands to Drivetrain Autocomplete list.

New features in 1.0:

  • Improved code readability by updating the V5 SDK version to use global enums (no :: needed by default) and add default parameters to commands that accepts different unit types.
  • Before: LeftMotor.spin(vex::directionType::fwd);
  • After: LeftMotor.spin(forward);
  • Added 50+ new example projects.
  • Added 8 new tutorial videos.
  • Added “Tools” menu in the toolbar, including commenting tools, font size adjustment, code formatting tools, and access to advanced API documentation.
  • Added Find / Replace features to the “Edit” menu.
  • Implemented “Command Help” feature. Accessible from the “Command Help” option in the right-click context menu after positioning the cursor on a command.
  • Implemented “Command Reference” feature listing primary API commands via the help panel. Command reference will display commands based on the configured devices in the project. Each command reference command has a simple “copy command” button.
  • Implemented Graphical Robot Configuration. Accessible by the Robot Configuration button in the toolbar.
  • Implemented a User Feedback feature for users to send feedback in the application.
  • Added Simplified Autocomplete for VEX API commands to limit complexity for new users. More advanced users can use the “Enable Expert Autocomplete” project setting in the project details window to expose all API commands.
  • Added wait() and waitUntil() macros to match VEXcode V5 Blocks.
  • Implemented Light Editor Theme preview feature. To view, change the theme option in from File -> Preferences.
  • Added a “Project Update” feature to migrate VEXcode V5 Text 0.9 and earlier projects to VEXcode V5 Text 1.0.

Technical Details:

  • Robot Configuration: Devices that are added to the Robot Configuration panel will auto-generate code snippets required to use the device. These devices will be initialized with the “vexcodeInit()” command.
  • Robot Configuration: Device declarations will populate the robot-config.h file - which is a read-only file.
  • Project Update: When the user opens projects created prior to VEXcode Text v1.0, the user will be provided an option to “Update Now”, "Update Later", or "Don’t Ask Me Again".
  • Project Update: Imported VCS VEX C++ and VEX C++ Pro projects will not support the Robot Configuration or the new Simplified Autocomplete features to avoid conflicts with backwards compatibility.

Known Issues:

  1. Simplified version of Autocomplete will be continuously improved for the future releases.
  2. Accelerometer is not showing up in Autocomplete
  3. “Editor Font Zoom Reset” under “Tool” menu on Windows, resets to slightly smaller font than the default

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