Webots is a development environment used to model, program and simulate mobile robots. With Webots the user can design complex robotic setups, with one or several, similar or different robots, in a shared environment. The properties of each object, such as shape, color, texture, mass, friction, etc., are chosen by the user. A large choice of simulated sensors and actuators is available to equip each robot. The robot controllers can be programmed with the built-in IDE or with third party development environments. The robot behavior can be tested in physically realistic worlds. The controller programs can optionally be transferred to commercially available real robots. Webots is used by over 1286 universities and research centers worldwide. With Webots, you take advantage of a proven technology that has been codeveloped by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, thoroughly tested, well documented and continuously maintained for over 20 years. The development time you save is enormous!
Philosophy behind Webots
Mobile robotics is a complex research area in which many advanced technologies and open research issues are combined all together. Technologies include electronics, mechanics, computer hardware and software. It is often difficult to master perfectly every technology, and hence mobile robotics projects require an important investment. Realistic simulations and fast prototyping of mobile robots help reducing the amount of time and hardware spent in developing mobile robotics applications. Moreover, such software tools allow researchers and students to focus on the most interesting parts of their robotics projects and hence achieve more advanced results.
Webots can be downloaded from here. It can be used as a free version (with limited features) or as a regular EDU or PRO versions if you purchased a Webots license. You can also use it as a free 30 days trial version of Webots PRO or EDU.
Differences between Webots PRO, EDU and MOD
Webots comes with three different flavors:
- Webots PRO is more powerful and intended for research use.
- Webots EDU is less powerful but cheaper and intended for educational use.
- Webots MOD is free but to run a simulation, robots must be purchased separately, objects and environments are included.
|Webots PRO||Webots EDU||Webots MOD|
|fast simulation mode||yes||no||no|
|creation of new robots and objects||yes||yes||no|
|large robot library||yes||yes||no|
|large object library||yes||yes||yes|
|multi-platform Windows / Linux / Mac OS X||yes||yes||yes|
|transfer to real robots||yes||yes||yes|
|1 year Premier service||yes||yes||yes|
Internet floating licenses
All licenses are provided as Internet floating licenses. Therefore an Internet connection is necessary to run Webots. However, since Webots 8, it is possible to run Webots without an Internet connection if you downloaded your license from the Internet floating license server to your local computer. Downloaded licenses automatically expire after some user configurable delay (maximum 7 days) and can be downloaded again after expiration if needed. You can test this feature with the trial license.
Commercial brochure and price list
|The Webots commercial brochure is available as a PDF file.|
Our current Webots price list is also available as a PDF file.
Webots licenses can be ordered from our online store.