Cylon adaptor/drivers for Crazyflie nanocopter

Cylon.js For Crazyflie

Cylon.js ( is a JavaScript framework for robotics and physical computing using Node.js

This module provides an adaptor and drivers for the Crazyflie nanocopter ( It uses the Aerogel node module ( created by @ceejbot thank you!

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On Linux, you need to install some packages before you can install the NPM module:

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential pkg-config libusb-1.0-0-dev

And on OS X, you need to have the libusb package to install the module:

$ brew install libusb

Install the module with:

$ npm install cylon cylon-crazyflie

You will also need to install the latest beta firmware to the Crazyflie itself to use the 'hover' mode:

This small program causes the Crazyflie to takeoff for 10 seconds.

var Cylon = require('cylon');
  connections: {
    crazyflie: { adaptor: 'crazyflie', port: 'radio://1/10/250KPS' }
  devices: {
    drone: { driver: 'crazyflie' }
  workfunction(my) {
    after((10).seconds(), function() {;
    after((15).seconds(), function() {
  my.drone.setParam('flightmode.althold', true);

The Crazyflie uses a 2.4 GHz radio to communicate. There is a USB dongle called the Crazyradio that is required to control the Crazyflie quadcopter.

If you are have a USB 3.0 port, you might run into this issue:

You need to install some udev-rules to be able to communicate with the crazyflie, it is a good thing that we have a Gort command that does just that:

$ gort crazyflie set-udev-rules

We're busy adding documentation to our web site at please check there as we continue to work on Cylon.js

Thank you!

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Version 0.15.0 - Compatibility with Cylon 1.0.0

Version 0.14.0 - Compatibility with Cylon 0.22.0

Version 0.13.0 - Compatibility with Cylon 0.21.0

Version 0.12.0 - Compatibility with Cylon 0.20.0

Version 0.11.0 - Compatibility with Cylon 0.19.0

Version 0.10.0 - Compatibility with Cylon 0.18.0

Version 0.9.0 - Compatibility with Cylon 0.16.0

Version 0.8.1 - Add peerDependencies to package.json

Version 0.8.0 - Compatibility with Cylon 0.15.0

Version 0.7.0 - Compatibility with Cylon 0.14.0, remove node-namespace.

Version 0.6.0 - Update to cylon 0.12.0

Version 0.5.0 - Update to cylon 0.11.0, refactor to pure JavaScript

Version 0.4.0 - Update to cylon 0.10.0

Version 0.3.0 - Release for cylon 0.9.0

Version 0.2.0 - Release for cylon 0.8.0

Version 0.1.0 - Initial release

Copyright (c) 2013-2014 The Hybrid Group. Licensed under the Apache 2.0 license.