Setting Up a New RoboRIO

These instructions assume that the computer used to interface with the roboRIO has all the software installed from Setting Up a Computer to Use as a Drive Station and Setting Up a Computer for FRC Java Programming.

All the Drive Station (DS) to roboRIO connections are USB connections.

These instructions must be repeated for each new roboRIO.

Full, detailed instructions with pictures can be found at screen steps live for FRC.

1. Update the Firmware

  1. Connect to the powered-on roboRIO via USB.
  2. Open a web browser and enter the following into the URL address bar:
  3. Click login in the upper right corner. Login with admin as the username. Leave the password field blank. (Do not attempt to set a password; this will make java programs fail.)
  4. On the main screen, click Update Firmware for the roboRIO near the bottom right.
  5. Navigate to the following address where the roboRIO firmware is located:
    Program Files(x86)\National Instruments\Shared\Firmware\cRIO\76F2\
  6. Select the latest firmware version to flash. Click Begin Update.

2. Image the RoboRIO

Unlike pre-2015, the roboRIO only needs to be re-imaged once at the beginning of each year.

  1. Find and launch the roboRIO Imaging Tool, which is found at the following address on the drive station hard drive:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\LabVIEW 2016\project\roboRIO Tool
  2. When the tool has finished scanning, enter in the team number (2537), select the latest version to image, and check the box Format Target. Do not change the startup settings; they should allow both Console Out and the RT Startup App.
  3. Click Reformat.

3. Install Java 8 on the RoboRIO

  1. Run the Java Installer application found at the following generic address:
    The home directory is the current user's base directory. For Windows systems the home directory is
  2. Click Next to proceed to download Java 8 for Linux Embedded Systems.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to download the correct version of Java for the roboRIO (currently ARMv7 Linux - VFP, SoftFP ABI, Little Endian JRE).
  4. To login, either use the provided credentials below or create a free account:



  1. After it downloads, click Next and enter the team number into the field (2537). Then, click Connect.
  2. After the installation is complete, click finish to close the application.
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