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Board Support Package for the Raspberry Pi Pico

12 releases (7 breaking)

0.8.0 Sep 2, 2023
0.7.0 Feb 18, 2023
0.6.0 Dec 11, 2022
0.5.0 Aug 26, 2022
0.1.3 Feb 3, 2021

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rp-pico - Board Support for the Raspberry Pi Pico

You should include this crate if you are writing code that you want to run on a Raspberry Pi Pico - the original launch PCB for the RP2040 chip.

This crate includes the rp2040-hal, but also configures each pin of the RP2040 chip according to how it is connected up on the Pico.


To use this crate, your Cargo.toml file should contain:

rp-pico = "0.7.0"

In your program, you will need to call rp_pico::Pins::new to create a new Pins structure. This will set up all the GPIOs for any on-board devices. See the examples folder for more details.


General Instructions

To compile an example, clone the rp-hal-boards repository and run:

rp-hal-boards/boards/rp-pico $ cargo build --release --example <name>

You will get an ELF file called ./target/thumbv6m-none-eabi/release/examples/<name>, where the target folder is located at the top of the rp-hal-boards repository checkout. Normally you would also need to specify --target=thumbv6m-none-eabi but when building examples from this git repository, that is set as the default.

If you want to convert the ELF file to a UF2 and automatically copy it to the USB drive exported by the RP2040 bootloader, simply boot your board into bootloader mode and run:

rp-hal-boards/boards/rp-pico $ cargo run --release --example <name>

If you get an error about not being able to find elf2uf2-rs, try:

$ cargo install elf2uf2-rs

then try repeating the cargo run command above.

From Scratch

To start a basic project from scratch, create a project using cargo new project-name. Within the project directory, run cargo add rp-pico, cargo add cortex-m-rt, and cargo add panic-halt. The first command will this HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer), the second is required for the #[entry] macro, and panic-halt creates a simple panic function, which just halts.

You'll also need to copy the cargo config file from the repo. It specifies the target and optimizing flags to the linker. You'll also need to copy memory.x to your project root. This file tells the linker the flash and RAM layout, so it won't clobber the bootloader or write to an out of bounds memory address.

The simplest working example, which does nothing except loop forever, is:

use rp_pico::entry;
use panic_halt as _;
fn see_doesnt_have_to_be_called_main() -> ! {
  loop {}

It can be placed in /src/main.rs.

You can use cargo run to compile and install it. Note: You won't see any activity since this program does nothing. You can use the examples provided to add more functionality.


Flashes the Pico's on-board LED on and off.


Reads a push button attached to GPIO 15 and drives the on-board LED to match it (i.e. on when pressed, off when not pressed).


Demonstrates the use of the Real-Time Interrupt-driven Concurrency Framework on the Raspberry Pi Pico.


Another LED blinking example, but using a Timer in count-down mode.

Puts out an analog 'triangle wave' on GPIO 25, using the PWM hardware.


Demonstrates handling a micro servo, using the PWM hardware.


Creates a USB Serial device on a Pico board.

The USB Serial device will print HelloWorld on start-up, and then echo any incoming characters - except that any lower-case ASCII characters are converted to the upper-case equivalent.


Creates a USB Serial device on a Pico board, but demonstrating handling interrupts when USB data arrives.


Demonstrates emulating a USB Human Input Device (HID) Mouse. The mouse cursor will jiggle up and down.


Example that shows how to use the embedded_sdmmc crate with the Raspberry Pi Pico.


Contributions are what make the open source community such an amazing place to be learn, inspire, and create. Any contributions you make are greatly appreciated.

The steps are:

  1. Fork the Project by clicking the 'Fork' button at the top of the page.
  2. Create your Feature Branch (git checkout -b feature/AmazingFeature)
  3. Make some changes to the code or documentation.
  4. Commit your Changes (git commit -m 'Add some AmazingFeature')
  5. Push to the Feature Branch (git push origin feature/AmazingFeature)
  6. Create a New Pull Request
  7. An admin will review the Pull Request and discuss any changes that may be required.
  8. Once everyone is happy, the Pull Request can be merged by an admin, and your work is part of our project!

Code of Conduct

Contribution to this crate is organized under the terms of the Rust Code of Conduct, and the maintainer of this crate, the rp-rs team, promises to intervene to uphold that code of conduct.


The contents of this repository are dual-licensed under the MIT OR Apache 2.0 License. That means you can choose either the MIT license or the Apache-2.0 license when you re-use this code. See MIT or APACHE2.0 for more information on each specific license.

Any submissions to this project (e.g. as Pull Requests) must be made available under these terms.


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