I have EV3 Retail edition and I like to buy required sensors and build the robots come with the education edition of EV3. I have lots of LEGO Technic spare parts so I expect I can find alternate parts if required.

Can I install EV3 Education software and Retail software side by side?

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Yes. I have done this on both Windows and Mac.

I've only noticed one minor problem. On Mac, the program ID is the same for both versions, so only one of the two shows up in the Launcher. However you can still start the other by using +Space, for example.

  • Thank you so much. I just did and it is running fine. One more question do I need to install/change the firmware of the retail Brick?
    – Allan Xu
    Sep 2, 2018 at 21:57
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    Yes, you should update the firmware to match the software version. Technically, you don't have to unless you want to use the data logging features. However, the software will keep telling you that your firmware is out of date if you use the the retail firmware with the education software or vice versa. Sep 3, 2018 at 1:42

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