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    The JavaScript Robotics Programming Framework

    Artwork by Mike Sgier

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    This is the fork of johnny-five. Please check out the main project here!

    This project was forked in 2017 to provide better support for the Adafruit Circuit Playground which is used in the curriculum. The project was updated to the latest release of its upstream in September 2022, and customizations were then re-implemented.

    Source Code:

    git clone
    cd johnny-five
    npm install

    Building and testing with apps

    This is the most typical use case for @code-dot-org/johnny-five fork development.

    Apps (aka Code Studio) is a set of apps which installs and references this package. You can run the dashboard locally from the apps directory using bin/dashboard-server (setup reference)

    You can use yarn add for local development and testing.

    cd {code-dot-org repo directory}/apps
    yarn add <file-path-to-local-folder> 

    When you are finished testing locally, you can run yarn @code-dot-org/johnny-five to install the npm package instead of the local package.

    Note that a copy of the local johnny-five package was added to your node_modules directory so that changes in @code-dot-org/johnny-five are not automatically transferred to @code-dot-org/code-dot-org/apps/node_modules. Thus, you must run yarn add <file-path-to-local-folder> again after any changes in the local johnny-five package.

    In addition, there are changes to your package.json and yarn.lock locally that you do not want to commit.


    You can lint and test your code (unit tests included in test/) using the grunt command. Remember to add or update unit tests for any new or changed functionality.

    There are additional tests in Apps within apps/test/unit/lib/kits/boards/circuitPlayground and apps/test/unit/lib/kits/boards that you can run locally to test any new updates within johnny-five. Refer to

    Updating README

    If you'd like to make changes to the readme contents, please make them in the tpl/ file. Then generated the markdown with: grunt examples.

    Johnny-Five is an Open Source, Firmata Protocol based, IoT and Robotics programming framework, developed by the Nodebots Community. Johnny-Five programs can be written for Arduino (all models), Electric Imp, Beagle Bone, Intel Galileo & Edison, Linino One, Pinoccio, pcDuino3, Raspberry Pi, Particle/Spark Core & Photon, Tessel 2, TI Launchpad and more!

    Johnny-Five has grown from a passion project into a tool for inspiring learning and creativity for people of all ages, backgrounds, and from all across the world.

    Just interested in learning and building awesome things? You might want to start with the official Johnny-Five website.

    • If you want to find the API documentation, that’s right here.
    • Need to figure out what platform to use for a project? We put that stuff here.
    • Need inspiration for your next NodeBot? Check out the examples.
    • Want to stay up-to-date with projects in the community? Check this out.
    • Need NodeBots community or Johnny-Five project updates and announcements? This is what you’re looking for.

    Johnny-Five does not attempt to provide "all the things", but instead focuses on delivering robust, reality tested, highly composable APIs that behave consistently across all supported hardware platforms. Johnny-Five wants to be a baseline control kit for hardware projects, allowing you the freedom to build, grow and experiment with diverse JavaScript libraries of your own choice. Johnny-Five couples comfortably with:

    ...And that's only a few of the many explorable possibilities. Check out these exciting projects: node-pulsesensor, footballbot-workshop-ui, nodebotui, dublin-disco, node-slot-car-bot, servo-calibrator, node-ardx, nodebot-workshop, phone-home, purple-unicorn, webduino, leapduino, lasercat-workshop, simplesense, five-redbot, robotnik, the-blender

    Why JavaScript? NodeBots: The Rise of JavaScript Robotics

    Hello Johnny

    The ubiquitous "Hello World" program of the microcontroller and SoC world is "blink an LED". The following code demonstrates how this is done using the Johnny-Five framework.

    const { Board, Led } = require("johnny-five");
    const board = new Board();
    board.on("ready", () => {
      // Create an Led on pin 13
      const led = new Led(13);
      // Blink every half second

    Note: Node will crash if you try to run johnny-five in the node REPL, but board instances will create their own contextual REPL. Put your script in a file.

    Supported Hardware

    Johnny-Five has been tested on a variety of Arduino-compatible Boards.

    For non-Arduino based projects, a number of platform-specific IO Plugins are available. IO Plugins allow Johnny-Five code to communicate with any non-Arduino based hardware in whatever language that platforms speaks!


    Documentation for the Johnny-Five API can be found here and example programs here.


    Need help? Ask a question on the NodeBots Community Forum. If you just have a quick question or are interested in ongoing design discussions, join us in the Johnny-Five Gitter Chat.

    For step-by-step examples, including an electronics primer, check out Arduino Experimenter's Guide for NodeJS by @AnnaGerber

    Here is a list of prerequisites for Linux, OSX or Windows.

    Check out the bluetooth guide if you want to remotely control your robot.

    Setup and Assemble Arduino

    • Recommended Starting Kit: Sparkfun Inventor's Kit
    • Download Arduino IDE
    • Plug in your Arduino or Arduino compatible microcontroller via USB
    • Open the Arduino IDE, select: File > Examples > Firmata > StandardFirmataPlus
      • StandardFirmataPlus is available in Firmata v2.5.0 or greater
    • Click the "Upload" button.

    If the upload was successful, the board is now prepared and you can close the Arduino IDE.

    For non-Arduino projects, each IO Plugin's repo will provide its own platform specific setup instructions.

    Hey you, here's Johnny!

    Source Code:

    git clone git:// && cd johnny-five
    npm install

    npm package:

    Install the module with:

    npm install johnny-five

    Example Programs

    To get you up and running quickly, we provide a variety of examples for using each Johnny-Five component. One thing we’re especially excited about is the extensive collection of Fritzing diagrams you’ll find throughout the site. A huge part of doing any Johnny-Five project is handling the actual hardware, and we’ve included these as part of the documentation because we realised that instructions on how to write code to control a servo are insufficient without instructions on how to connect a servo!

    To interactively navigate the examples, visit the Johnny-Five examples page on the official website. If you want to link directly to the examples in this repo, you can use one of the following links.

    There are presently 362 example programs with code and diagrams!



    LED: RGB

    LED: Digits & Matrix



    Servo Animation



    Stepper Motor

    ESC & Brushless Motor

    Button / Switch



    Shift Register

    Infrared Reflectance










    Photon Weather Shield

    Lego EVShield

    Intel Edison + Grove IoT Kit

    Grove IoT Kit (Seeed Studio)

    Micro Magician V2



    Complete Bots / Projects

    Component Plugin Template

    IO Plugins

    Many fragments. Some large, some small.

    Wireless Nodebot

    Kinect Controlled Robot Arm

    Biped Nodebot

    LCD Running Man

    Slider Controlled Panning Servo

    Joystick Controlled Laser (pan/tilt) 1

    Joystick Controlled Laser (pan/tilt) 2

    Joystick Controlled Claw

    Robot Claw

    Joystick, Motor & Led

    Build you own drone

    Make: JavaScript Robotics


    All contributions must adhere to the Idiomatic.js Style Guide, by maintaining the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code using grunt.


    Copyright (c) 2012, 2013, 2014 Rick Waldron Licensed under the MIT license. Copyright (c) 2014, 2015 The Johnny-Five Contributors Licensed under the MIT license.


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