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"Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and sound. It is used by students, artists, designers, architects, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool. Processing is developed by artists and designers as an alternative to proprietary software tools in the same domain." -

Processing will be the primary IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for controlling Roomba (though other IDEs are welcome) and will be used in conjuction with RoombaComm Java Library to write code for communicating with the Roomba.


Processing does not require installation; It can be run from its folder or CD. Here is the step-by-step required to run RoombaTune, an application that allows the user to use the roomba as a musical instrument through the keyboard.

  1. Download Java from
    *Processing will NOT work without Java
  2. Download Processing (the necessary libraries are included).
    1. Windows:
    2. OSX:
  3. Extract the "Processing 0123" folder

Starting a New Program

To start a new program, the Roomba Template can be used: Roomba Template