TM Quick Reference Guide: Downloading & Installing VEX Tournament Manager

Minimum TM Manager Installation Requirements

The Tournament Manager software requires a PC (desktop or laptop) running Windows 7 or newer or macOS 10.10 or newer. Generally, any PC made within the last 5 years will be should be acceptable. The computer will need one USB port for each competition field you wish to control (a USB hub may be used if required) and a network connection if you wish to use multiple computers. Additional computers may be used for Audience, Pit, or Field Queue Displays. Additionally, a printer is strongly recommended. If you plan to use a USB printer, make sure there are enough USB ports for the printer, the field control boards, and any other USB accessories you plan to use (such as a USB flash drive). Plan ahead to avoid having to swap USB connections between devices during the tournament.

Tip: If you are using a laptop, you may want to connect an external mouse rather than relying on the laptop's trackpad.

Note: If you are planning to use multiple computers to run your event, the network connections between them should be made with wired Ethernet. Wireless networks can introduce information delays that can disrupt the connection between the Tournament Manager programs and the Tournament Server.


The Tournament Manager is distributed as a downloadable installer setup program for Windows and a Disk Image (.dmg) for macOS. The latest version of Tournament Manager is always available at

For Windows users, download and open the Setup file. An installation wizard will appear that will guide you through the installation of the program. You should not need to change any of the settings during installation - the default settings provided will work best. In addition to installing the Tournament Manager software, the setup program will also install the hardware drivers for the VEX Field Controller. Follow the on-screen directions and disconnect any field controllers from the computer before proceeding. Once the setup program is complete, click the Finish button to close the wizard.

For macOS users, download and open the Disk Image file after downloading it. The Disk Image will expand and show the Tournament Manager icon and the Applications folder. Drag the Tournament Manager icon into the Applications folder to install it. After that, the Tournament Manager program will be accessible in your Applications folder.