Starting, Downloading, and Running a VEXcode V5 C++ Project

Starting, downloading, and running C++ projects in VEXcode V5 is easy.

How to Start a C++ Project


Launch VEXcode V5. The platform defaults to the Blocks interface.


Select ‘File,’ then ‘New Text Project’ to open the text interface.


Next, select the C++ project language. There is the option to start a new project in either C++ or Python. Be sure to select C++.


The C++ interface will open.

How to Build a C++ Project

This section will show you how to create a basic C++ project using commands from the Tool Box. The project outlined here will drive the V5 Clawbot forward for 200 millimeters (mm).


Select ‘File’ then ‘Open Examples” to open a template project.


Select the Clawbot (Drivetrain 2-motor, No Gyro) template. Templates are blank projects with preset device configurations.


Notice that a set of project comments open in the workspace. You will add commands between the ‘int main ()’ brackets - { } - of the project.


Select the [Drive for] command.


Drag the [Drive for] command into the workspace and place it between the ‘int main ()’ brackets - { } - of the project (line 17).

How to Download and Run a C++ Project


First, name and save your C++ project. View one of the following articles for detailed information on how to save a VEXcode V5 C++ project:


Then, choose which of the Brain’s slots you will download the project to. To do this, select the ‘Slot’ button on the Toolbar.


Next, connect the powered Brain to your device (Directly via Micro-USB or via VEX Controller) and check that the Brain icon is green.


Select the ‘Download’ button to download the project to the Brain. The project will download to the chosen slot.


Finally, select ‘Run’ to start the project while the robot is still connected to your computer.


Or, disconnect the Brain from your device and run the project on the V5 Brain.

For more information, help, and tips, check out the many resources at VEX Professional Development Plus

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