Introduction: Adding a Joystick to the Raspberry Pi

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Joysticks are really fun to use. They are also much more intuitive than other input devices. Adding a joystick to your Raspberry Pi opens a lot of new doors. You can now use the Raspberry Pi and the joystick to control a robot, a camera, play games or do whatever you want.

We'll be using the GrovePi and a Grove Joystick in this guide and show you how easy it is to integrate a joystick in your next Raspberry Pi Project

Step 1: Hardware Required

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  1. A Raspberry Pi
  2. Grove Pi
  3. Grove Joystick
  4. Grove 4 pin cable

Step 2: Connect the Joystick to the Raspberry Pi

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First mount the GrovePi shield on the Raspberry Pi. Then take the Grove Joystick and connect it to the port A0 of the GrovePi. Now power on the Raspberry Pi

Step 3: Setting Up the Software

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Clone the Grove Pi repository to the Desktop on your Raspberry Pi.

git clone

Once you have downloaded the repository, go to the /Software/Python folder in the GrovePi folder.

cd GrovePi/Software/Python/

Step 4: Getting the Data From the Joystick

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Just run the Python Program and you'll start getting the Joystick data back.

sudo python

Move the joystick and you'll see the data getting updated.

You can now use this Joystick to control your robot, RC airplane or whatever you want to control.


soliderboom (author)2015-09-20

can you do the same thing to add 2 joysticks?

VickiK (author)2014-10-31

Forgive my very newbie question, but once you have the joystick operational how do you connect it to the device you want to control? Is there a receiver component? Thank you!

seamster (author)2014-08-14

Nice project, thanks for sharing!

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