Getting Started


Congratulations getting a Thymio robot!  We are sure you want to get started right away.
(If you still need one, get one here.)

Here are a few things you should know.

Take TechyKids on-line courses, complete with videos and quizzes!

Most of you will want to start right with the Thymio Course (Beginner)  you have received this course free with your robot purchased from TechyKids

Here is some in-depth written documentation and classroom curriculum.


—Also, see below—

1. Turn on/off Robot

To turn on and off the robot hold the center button for 3 second.  The button is capacitive touch.  If buttons are unresponsive, do not touch buttons for 3 seconds then touch again.  Buttons respond to changes in their capacitance.

2. Preprogrammed

To turn on Thymio, hold your finger on the circle touch sensor at the top for 3 seconds.  Press an arrow key to switch colors, and press the center button again to activate the mode.

The robot comes with some pre-programmed functionality:
Printable Pre-Programmed List

  • Green (curious) – Follows using horizontal proximity sensors
  • Yellow (explorer) – Goes forward and turns when it sees something in its way
  • Red (scared)– Runs away from what it sees and visualizes accelerometer when lifted
  • Blue (sound)– Responds to sound/clapping
  • Cyan – Follows lines.  (Thick 1.5 in gaffer’s tape works best)
    • Calibrate to line by:
      • First: placing both bottom sensors over black and press forward and backward touch sensors at same time
      • Second: placing both bottom sensors over white surface and press right and left touch sensors at same time
  • Purple – Responds to touch sensors & IR Remote Control

To turn off Thymio, hold your finger on the circle touch sensor at the top for 3 seconds.


  • If buttons are unresponsive, do not touch for 4 seconds, then try again.  
  • If mode with lights off is selected, it is a user-saved program, and robot must be turned off to re-enter pre-programmed options.


3. Download Software to Program Thymio

  1. Aseba Studio for Thymio
Aseba 1.6.1
Aseba 1.6.1







Looking for the next version in Beta with integrated Scratch 3.0? Discover the work-in-progress version of Thymio Suite:

Wireless Thymio Configuration: If you need to configure your wireless Thymio to the same or different networks, you’ll need to use the “Wireless Thymio Network Configurator” application.  Click here for instructions.

Chromebook user?  There are two solutions for you.  You can use Aseba’s Visual programming language if you are able to access the Google Play Store.  Check to see if you have one of the compatible Chromebooks.

If not, or you want a more comprehensive solution, email us at with the subject “Need to Program Thymio with Chromebook” and we’ll fill you in on the other working solution for any chromebook.

Attention Mac Users:  If you receive “Install AsebaXX.pkg can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer”, follow these directions.

  Scratch for Thymio

3a. Upgrade Thymio’s Firmware

Thymio is continuously being improved.  The most current firmware for Thymio is version 12.  If the serial number on your Thymio starts with A-J, you most likely have an earlier version.  To upgrade, see the instructions here.

IMPORTANT: If you choose to try Thymio Suite while it is still in Beta, please realize that the version may be unstable, and is updated approximately every two weeks.  You will need to update the firmware by opening Thymio Suite, clicking VPL, and then clicking the blue circle to upgrade the firmware.  If you do not Thymio as a choice to connect to, you may have a much older firmware.  In order to use Thymio Suite from a Thymio that has not been upgraded recently, you should download Aseba 1.6.1 and use the “Thymio Firmware Upgrader” to upgrade to a more recent firmware before upgrading to the most recent firmware available in Thymio Suite.

How to upgrade Thymio firmware in Thymio Suite:

3b. Set up the Remote Control

Use these instructions to set up the remote control.

3c. Download Sound files to your MicroSD Card

Here’s a list of the downloadable sound files included to use with your MicroSD for more Thymio sounds.

4. Start Programming with the easy Visual Programming Language

Make sure the robot is plugged in and on before you start “Aseba Studio”.  Then select “Thymio II” and continue. Tutorial can be found here.

Make sure you save early and save often inside the VPL window to prevent losing your work.  A good practice is to save each time before you load code onto the robot.

5. Do more with the Advanced Visual Programming Language.

While in the VPL, press . Advanced Visual Programming Language allows the robot to be programmed in different states.  The tutorial for this can be found here.

6. Understand written code

When using the VPL and Advanced VPL, the program writes and shows you the written code in the main software frame.  Look at the code to understand it, and when you are ready you can close the VPS window and edit the written code.  But it is important to note that once you do this, you won’t be able to open your file in the VPL again.

7. Write code

Some information on how to write code for Thymio is here.

8. Create Projects

Some projects to do and to provide inspiration can be found both on Techykids for Student projects, and for more advanced projects.

8a. Create Your Own Sound Files

Here are instructions on how to create your own sounds files.  Remember, that you need a microSD card (with specific requirements).  Get one from our store if you don’t have one!

8b. Control Thymio Wirelessly

Check out our shop to get a remote control that can control Thymio wirelessly! Here are directions on how to link the remote to Thymio.

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