How To Start New MRL


1. Make a directory like c:\mrl  (warning no spaces in the name)
2. download the latest myrobotlab.jar from latest build and put it in the new directory so it looks like this


3. Start a command shell, type  

cd c:\mrl 

then type

java -jar myrobotlab.jar

It takes a while the first time on a computer - its extracting pieces of itself. But eventually a gui should come up. It should look like this.  You want to flip over to the "runtime" tab and press the menu System->Install All

After the services install, you should not need to download the services again.  Even if you make a new MRL directory somewhere else to try a different version - the services won't need to be downloaded, but will be copied from the local repo .. this makes it very fast.


beetlejuice's picture

It's more usefull to make a

It's more usefull to make a shortcut than type each time java -jar myrobotlab.jar .

Under windows,  do a right click on myrobotlab.jar and choose "send to -> desktop(create a shortcut)"

After, do a right clic on the shortcut created on the desktop, and choose properties . next, add java -jar front of  "C:\MRL\myrobotlab.jar" in the line "target" to have this :  java -jar "C:\MRL\myrobotlab.jar" ( don't forget the quotes ! )

Now you have just to run MRL from the shortcut wink

dwilli9013's picture

What am I doing wrong??????

This still does not work for me. Currently I am only able to start MRL from the command line.

GroG's picture

This worked for me ...  The

This worked for me ...  The "real" target is java.exe - and you have to find where it is.  Mine is in C:\Windows\System32  (not a good place :P) - but usually it exists where you installed it.


dwilli9013's picture

Its A Worky

That was the ticket Greg. Thanks a ton

eziovn123's picture

How long does it need to

How long does it need to install all the services? My computer takes hours and it hasn't finished yet.

GroG's picture

Depends on the speed of your

Depends on the speed of your internet connection..   
This usually has to happen only once, even for subsequent versions of MRL, because they go into a local repository on your machine ...

Although you would have to go through the process of installing all services on a new version of MRL - it would see you have a local repository and use it - which should be fast.

eziovn123's picture

Thanks for your reply. My

Thanks for your reply.
My internet download speed is 15Mbps ( But my computer takes many hours to download 15Mb of content by MRL. Is there anyway to download by IDM and install services manually?

GroG's picture

Perhaps its virus checking

Perhaps its virus checking software scanning all the jar files ?

Hmm .. simple way ? ..

You could start buy downloading the whole repo .. 

unzip it all - scan for all jars - and dump them in the /libraries/jar file

for native files you would need to weed out your platform related files ... 

then go to the (install directory)/.myrobotlab/serviceData.json file and update all the
"installed": false to "installed": true

... far from optimum..

eziovn123's picture

Thanks for your help I let

Thanks for your help
I let my computer run all night and it's finally done :)

moz4r's picture

Hi ! Do we need to delete all

Hi ! Do we need to delete all ( dependency/services ) at every subversion ? Or new subversion check for service update ? when to Re-download all ?

Zack effron's picture

starting Arduino also starts Arduino.serial when start at MRL

please help me out whenever i try to start arduino on my robot lab another tab of arduino.serial emerges