VEXcode V5 Blocks Version 1.0 Release

We are happy to release VEXcode V5 Blocks Version 1.0. It can be downloaded here:

New for this version:

  • Implemented support for multiple “When Started” events (Maximum of 50)
  • Implemented support for multiple “When Autonomous” and “When Driver Control” events (Maximum of 50)
  • Implemented support for 2D lists (1-indexed arrays)
  • Implemented a “Boolean” variable type
  • Implemented a “While Loop” C-block
  • Implemented a “software update” notification when the user is using an out-of-date version of VEXcode Blocks
  • Implemented “preview” support for Simplified Chinese and Spanish languages
  • Includes UI Elements (Simplified Chinese)
  • Translated Blocks (Simplified Chinese + Spanish
  • Future Update: Translated Help
  • Future Update: Translated Subtitles for Tutorial Video
  • Future Update: Translated Comments in Example Project
  • Implemented a user feedback feature
  • Added support for wireless program downloading to the V5 Brain (via V5 Controller)
  • Added additional example projects for each three-wire device
  • Added support for dragging and dropping projects into the application to open
  • Added a feature to indicate on the Brain LCD to the user when a gyro is calibrating at the start of projects using a Gyro-based Drivetrain
  • Added additional tutorial videos
  • Added additional example projects
  • Updated V5 SDV Template to support the 200mm travel wheel
  • Updated style of installation and application icons
  • Updated built-in Help documentation for new blocks
  • Improved VRC Competition Support with VRC field management system
  • Improved installation system to minimize application size
  • Combined Brain and Controller “Looks” blocks together
  • Changed default printing behavior of “print” blocks to not show decimal values. Use the “set print precision” block to display decimal numbers
  • Fixed communication issue where some Dell Chromebooks could not communicate with the V5 Brain
  • Fixed a number of incorrect example projects
  • Fixed issue where block drop-down menus may not close when opening another view

A few known issues with this release:

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

Please note that iOS and ChromeOS builds for this version may be delayed by a few days due to Apple / Google review processes. These will be published as soon as they are approved.

As always, we appreciate any user feedback. If you come across something that doesn’t seem right, please let us know below!


Thank you for releasing VEXcode Blocks 1.0!

It fits perfectly Tower Takeover game theme!


I see what you did there :laughing:


Kids, please, be serious here for a change.

Release of VEXcode Text and VEXcode Blocks is an amazing acomplishment by VEX!


FYI - The ChromeOS build has been approved and is available on the Chrome Web Store.


When will it have an iPad app?

iOS / Android support for V5 Blocks is targeted for late October / early November time frame as of now.

Hi. I just installed VEXcode V5 Text, and connected my VEX V5 Clawbot brain to the computer via USB. VEXcode text did not detect the brain. I tried this on two computers. What am I missing?


Is it the only VEX program running on the computer?
Did you try firmware update utility?


He has help in another post. VEXcode not detecting Brain

It is driver install or connection issue.


If he tried “two Brains on two computers and with two different cables”.

If there were no install errors from VEXcode then it sounds like system config or user error to me.

VEXcode had been working great for us.


That is what I said. If install had no error then user is shared link.


That is not the only explanation.

If both computers have exactly the same version of opertaing system and configuration, then testing on two computers, following identical setup steps, only proves that it is not one of them having hardware issues.

School computers are always configured the same and locked down by admins. Some protection packages will silently ignore user code trying to do admin tasks. You think you installed drivers but they are not installed.

You need more details befor jumping to conclusions.


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