Quick start for MTi Development Kit

Section 1: Installation and setup

This section describes how to install the hardware and software of the MTi Development Kit.

Step 1: Installing the MT Manager

First you need to install the MT Manager on your computer running Windows 7 or Linux (using the MT Manager on Windows 10 has been successfully tested, but is not officially supported). This is easily done by using the MT Software Suite application that guides you through the installation.

The most recent version of the software, source code and documentation can always be downloaded on

Download the (Windows) installer from The Software Suite for Linux is available on the same page.  

The installation procedure installs several components and starts with the screen as shown below:

Accept the Restricted License Agreement:

The MT SW Suite will be installed:

Step 2: Connecting the MTi

Connect a device to your PC using the supplied USB cable and start MT Manager from the start menu. With the USB cable, the MTi is automatically found. Upon connecting the MTi, MT Manager will scan COM-ports and USB-ports for connected device. 

MTi's are displayed in the Device List:

When you cannot connect to the MTi, refer to the MT Manager User Manual for more information and connection methods. 

Section 2: Basic functionality of MT Manager

This section describes how to use the MT Manager. More detailed information is found in the MT Manager User Manual. 

Step 3: Configuring the MTi 

After the MTi is connected, the MTi should be in the Device List in the bar on the left.

The first step is to configure the MTi. Open the Output Configuration window (button with the lightning icon). 

The MTi will have factory settings (Nomal Mode, Onboard Processing, 100 Hz). The preset drop down bar allows choosing several options. Click XDA processing and click OK. XDA processing allows us to change the filter profile later. It is possible to select individual data IDs, but note that when orientation is selected, it is not possible to change the filter profile later.  

In this step-through, the settings of the MTi other than the output configuration will not be changed. It is however possible to review the calibration parameters and test results. In the header, it also shows the hardware ID, Firmware Revision and MTi information.

Step 4: Recording data

First check if you receive data. Open for example the 3D graph and the inertial data graph.

Press the record button in the menu bar. 

There should be a blinking status shown in the bottom right corner:

Step 5: Opening the file and playback data

Open the file with File – Open or CTRL+O. When orientation data is not in the file, a pop-up window will ask for the required filter profile. 

You can now playback the file by pressing the Play-button. You can revert to the beginning of the file with the Rewind to Start-button. 

Choose to playback data in real-time or at once by changing graph settings in Tools - Preferences.


Parameter Comments
File plotting

Real-time plays data in real-time;

All Data (as fast as possible) plots all data at once. Note that you need to increase the Maximum Display time to see all data;

All Data (update every 5 sec..) is required when the file is extremely large

Maximum display time Increase this value to a higher value (File) in order to show more data, especially useful when investigating a file. 



Step 6: Exporting a file to ASCII (text file)

In order to use the data in other programs, e.g. Excel or MATLAB, the MT Manager allows to export the data to a csv file.

First select the data to be exported in the Tools - Preferences window. When the exported data is not available, the field will be filled with the Empty Field option.

With CTRL+E or File – Export, the loaded file will be exported to a text file.


Step 7: Explore the MT Software Suite

In the program folder of Xsens, there are other programs such as the Magnetic Field Mapper for calibration to magnetic disturbances, libraries and example code for Windows, Linux and RTOSs. Everything is documented, accessible via the Documentation folder in the Xsens Program Files folder or via the Help Menu in MT Manager. 

Also, it is advised to create an account on this Help Center in order to comment and ask questions. 

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