EV3 Software compatibility with NXT

This is a summary of the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Software with the NXT brick and associated hardware.

EV3 software compatibility table

Remember: The NXT firmware cannot be updated using Firmware Update in the EV3 software. If you want to use the EV3 Software with the NXT brick, you still need the NXT software (NXT-G or equivalent – e.g. LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS) to update/reinstall the firmware.

* Note: Although there’s no block for the NXT Light sensor in the EV3 Software (or at least not yet), when you’re using the EV3 brick you can use it with both the EV3 and NXT bricks. For the EV3 brick, you can do it by using the Color sensor block and when using the NXT brick you can use the Light sensor with the Sound sensor block! You can even select between reflect and ambient light modes! Select dB for reflected light (LED on) and dBa for ambient light (LED off).

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I'm a teacher in Tasmania, Australia, and have been using LEGO MINDSTORMS with my students since 2001. I'm the editor in chief for LEGO Engineering (this site) as well as the content editor for LEGO Education Australia (LEGOeducation.com.au).

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