Update the Ultimaker S5 firmware

Periodically, a new version of the Ultimaker S5 firmware is released. To ensure that your Ultimaker S5 has the latest features, we recommend keeping the firmware updated. This can be performed on the Ultimaker S5 when connected to a network or via USB.

Tip: For the latest release notes, click here.

Note: When updating from firmware 5.1 or earlier, you must update via stepping stone firmware.

Update your Ultimaker S5 via USB

In March 2020, Ultimaker introduced a new version of the Ultimaker S5. The two versions have different electronics boards that require different firmware files. Read about the differences between the two versions on this page.

To update the firmware of the Ultimaker S5 via USB, download the correct file depending on which version of the Ultimaker S5 you have:

Ultimaker S5 R1
(2018 - early 2020)

Ultimaker S5 R2
(2020 onwards)

Stable channel: Stable channel:
Download firmware 7.0.3 Download firmware 7.0.3

Release date: August 08, 2022

 

Release date: August 08, 2022

 

Latest channel:

Latest channel:

Download firmware 7.1.3

Download firmware 7.1.3

Release date: September 16, 2022

Release date: September 16, 2022

UltimakerS5R1-Robot.jpeg

 

UltimakerS5R2-U.jpeg

 

The simplest way to distinguish the two models is by the branded side panels. The image on the left shows the Ultimaker S5 R1 (2018 - early 2020) with the Ultibot on the side panels. The image on the right shows the new version of the Ultimaker S5 (R2) with the 'U' icon on the side panels.

Note: The firmware file for the wrong version of the Ultimaker S5 will be recognized by the printer, but cannot be installed.

Steps to update:

  • Place the firmware file (.swu) in the root directory of a USB stick.
  • Insert the USB stick into the USB port of your printer.
  • Go to Preferences - Maintenance - Update firmware, and select the new firmware in the update menu.

Update your Ultimaker S5 via the network

Connect the printer to the network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet in the Preferences - Network menu.

  • Go to Preferences - Maintenance - Update firmware.
  • Choose either the Stable or Latest version.
  • Press Install to start updating the firmware.

Wait for the Ultimaker S5 to finish updating the firmware. The printer will restart.

Updating from older firmware (v 5.1.x and older)

When updating from firmware 5.1.x and older, a stepping stone firmware version (5.1.94) must be installed first.

  • Connect the printer to the network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet in the Preferences - Network menu.
  • Go to Preferences - Maintenance - Update firmware.
  • Choose the stable version, which installs firmware 5.1.94.
  • Wait for the Ultimaker S5 to finish updating the firmware. The printer will restart.
  • Go to the Preferences - Maintenance - Update firmware menu again and update. This will install the latest or stable firmware.

If you are updating from firmware 5.1.x or older, download both files below (.tar and .tar.sig) onto the root folder of your USB stick.

After installing 5.1.94, download the correct version of the latest or stable Ultimaker S5 firmware as described above, and update the firmware again.

Note: If you encounter a "Firmware failed to validate" issue, read this article.

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