We bought EV3 robot but it looks like there is no software and we have to pay an additional $99 for the EV3 software. Is this true?

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For the retail version, the link is: https://www.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/downloads and for the education version, the link is: https://education.lego.com/en-us/educationdownloads/freeproductspage

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    If you later buy a retail kit, however, you should be able to use the software which comes with it to control both kits.
    – Joubarc
    Aug 9, 2013 at 7:15
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    ...but retail version - as of this writing - has not blocks to use ultrasonic or gyro sensors that come with EDU version.
    – Philo
    Aug 9, 2013 at 8:00
  • You may also want to check What is different between the EV3 Home and Educational sets? (Philo, since what you just said isn't mentionned in that particular Q/A, you may want to go there as well and add what you know)
    – Joubarc
    Aug 9, 2013 at 12:34
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    You may now download and add gyro and ultrasonic sensors blocks for retail software. See eg. lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/downloads/ev3-blocks/gyro
    – Philo
    Sep 1, 2013 at 6:53

The EV3 software (for home use) is available on: http://www.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/downloads/software/ddsoftwaredownload/


The home edition software will be a free download available from LEGO's website as of September 1st. It will include programming for the ultrasonic and gyro sensors and will be compatible withe the education version of the EV3 brick.


The retail edition of the NXT kit doesn't include software in the box, and provides only limited printed building instructions (presumably to save on costs).

However, as indicated on the box, you can to download it from LEGO.com/mindstorms directly, and for free.

Currently, the software is on the download page.

The instructions can be found on the products page, under "EV3 Starter Robots" and "EV3 Bonus Robots". You can download them as PDF or view them interactively online. You can also install a mobile application to view them easily while building.

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