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CarduBlock EDU

A lightweight ArduBlock fork with various updates including blocks for the CAROBOT SwissCHEESE board.


The project is managed by Apache Maven. For installation instructions, see

ArduBlock and all its forks are dependent on openblocks. Thus, you must run

After checking out the source for the first time, one should run the following to install Arduino's pde.jar into the local repository:

$ mvn validate

Development and Usage

Change the /src/main/resources/com/ardublock/block/ardublock.xml to add new blocks to CarduBlock.

To package CarduBlock EDU to a .jar file, run:

$ mvn clean package

For use in the Arduino IDE, copy the target/cardublock_edu-all.jar to Arduino/tools/CardublockTool/tool.

If we run:

$ mvn compile exec:java -Dexec.mainClass="com.ardublock.Main"

The Visual Block environment should show up. Happy Hacking! ;)


ArduBlock is a Block Programming Language for Arduino. The language and functions model closely to Arduino Language Reference



Installation Tips

  1. Make sure you have Java 9.0.4 and add it to the path as %JAVA_HOME%
  2. Pull the Cardublock and openblocks from the Carobot github and store it in documents for convinience purposes
  3. Install eclipse IDE and maven.
  4. Add Maven to your path and make sure you can access and use it.
  5. cd into the cardublock folder and run these commands i. mvn validate ii. mvn clean iii. mvn eclipse:clean iv. mvn eclipse:eclipse
  6. after this open the project in eclipse.
  7. make sure that the jdk is selected in the project properties for compilation (you may need to google where to find this)
  8. Next cd into the open blocks folder
  9. Run mvn clean and then mvn install
  10. You should now be ready for compilation


Copyright (C) 2011 David Li and He Qichen

This file is part of ArduBlock.

ArduBlock is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

ArduBlock is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with ArduBlock. If not, see


This is the Carobot derivative of the ardublock software and modified to fit the Carobot curriculum.







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