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no-std mpu9250-i2c

MPU9250 i2c driver for embedded devices

8 releases

0.6.6 Mar 24, 2019
0.6.5 Feb 27, 2019
0.6.4 Jan 7, 2019
0.6.3 Dec 5, 2018
0.5.0 Nov 22, 2018

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MPU9250 driver for embedded devices and Linux written in Rust. A platform agnostic driver to interface with the MPU9250 over i2c. This driver was built using embedded-hal traits.


  • 3-axis gyroscope
  • 3-axis compass (magenetometer)
  • 3-axis accelerometer
  • Temperature device
  • AHRS (Attitude and heading reference system) - has Magwick filter example
  • Tests


Example code can be found in the /src/bin folder, this samples work in Linux devices with an i2c bus, like the Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone. The sample includes:

  • calibrate.rs - code to calibrate the MPU9250 device.
  • mpu9250.rs - basic example that reads all data from the device.
  • ahrs.rs - Fully functional AHRS algorithm, uses the Magwick filter.

Linux Example

extern crate linux_embedded_hal as hal;
extern crate mpu9250_i2c as mpu9250;
use hal::{Delay, I2cdev};
use mpu9250::{calibration::Calibration, Mpu9250};
use std::time::Duration;
use std::thread;

fn main() {

  // Linux device
  let dev = I2cdev::new("/dev/i2c-2").unwrap();

  // Set the calibration to the default setting.  This can
  // be set to a custom value specific for the device.
  let cal = Calibration {

  let mpu9250 = &mut Mpu9250::new(dev, Delay, cal).unwrap();

  // Initialise with default settings

  // Probe the temperature
  loop {
    let temp = mpu9250.get_temperature_celsius().unwrap();
    println!("Temp: {} °C", temp);


Handy hint: Use the following command to compile for BeagleBone / Raspbery Pi.

cargo build --target=armv7-unknown-linux-musleabihf --release


The technology used in these devices is very noisy. Each component requires a different calibration method. Compile the calibrate.rs file which will produce a executable called calibrate. When run, calibrate will give you instructions on how to calibrate. Then after the calibration step for each component the calibration settings unique for that device are printed to the console. These values can be used in your code. The calibration is temperature sensitive. Hence if you want to be very precise you should repeat the calibration at different temperatures. At a high-level the calibration does the following:

  • Gyroscope: the average value is taken, this is called the bias.
  • Accelerometer: the scale of the accelerometer at rest should range from -1.0g to 1.0g, where g is the 9.81 m/s. The calibration will take this into account. As well as the noise on orthogonal axes.
  • Magnetometer: this component can be very different for each device. This calibration will ensure that it's extremeties are discovered. You will need to rotate the device around in all directions.

MPU9250 documentation





Copyright 2018 Simon M. Werner

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