GoPiGo Tutorials & Documentation

GoPiGo Tutorials & Documentation

Getting Started

Congratulations on getting a GoPiGo Raspberry Pi Robot Kit! THESE ARE OLD INSTRUCTIONS — please go here for the new one!

These instructions are for GoPiGo1. If you have the GoPiGo2, please go here.

This page and the sub-pages will help walk you through getting it setup and started.  We recommend you go through each page, in the following order:

1. Assemble the GoPiGo Raspberry Pi Robot Kit. (for accessories see below)

2. Setting up the SD Card.

3. Powering Up the GoPiGo.

4. Connect to the GoPiGo.

5. Booting the GoPiGo for the first time.

After you have completed all the steps above, you can check out the Example Projects that we have made and try them out yourself or make something cool and share it with the community.

Assembly Instructions for GoPiGo Accessories

Please find the assembly instructions for each accessory in the links below:

GoPiGo Servo Kit

Raspberry Pi Camera & Ultrasonic Sensor



Python Logo1. Python Programming for the GoPiGo

scratch icon2. Scratch Programming for the GoPiGo


Here are a few cool projects for the GoPiGo that we’ve done in Python & Scratch. Each one comes with building instructions, a bill of material, as well as the code to get it going!

Python Projects

Basic Robot Control

Basic Servo

Browser Streaming Robot

Compass Guided Robot

GPS Guided Robot

Mouse Controlled Robot

Office Cannon

Drive GoPiGo with PS3 Controller

Ultrasonic Basic Obstacle Avoider

Simulate a Worm Brain with GoPiGo

Ultrasonic Servo



Scratch Projects

Basic Scratch Robot

Scratch Control



GoPiGo at Hood College

MagPi Raspberry Pi Magazine –  “Robots Invade our College Classrooms”

June 2015,

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Accessories for the GoPiGo.

Here we have a list of accessories that help you do a lot of cool things with the GoPiGo.  Check out some of the projects here.

Ultrasonic Sensor 

Ultrasonic Sensor


This sensor enables the GoPiGo to know how close or far away it is from an object. Check out how you can use it to run your GoPiGo robot through an obstacle course or maze. Use the Servo Package to help the ultrasonic sensor turn to help you navigate. 

Servo Package

GoPiGo Servo Assembly for the Raspberry Pi Robots (15)


The Servo Package enables an accessory like an ultrasonic sensor or a camera to rotate. Learn how to install and use the servo here. Assembly instructions found here.

Raspberry Pi Camera

Attach a Camera or Ultrasonic Sensor to the Raspberry Pi Robot GoPiGo (1)


The Raspberry Pi Camera can be attached to the GoPiGo to give you streaming video on a web browser on any device. Use the Servo Package so the camera can rotate. Assembly instructions here.

Line Follower

The GoPiGo Raspberry Pi Line Follower


The GoPiGo Line Follower attaches to the GoPiGo to allows you to follow a line. Assembly instructions here.

Mini Wifi Dongle



Free your GoPiGo with the Mini Wifi Dongle and let it… gooooo! You can control your GoPiGo in lots of cool ways, like with GPS, a PS2 controller, or just a mouse!

Raspberry Pi Power Supply

Raspberry Pi Power Supply


The power supply plugs right into the wall and is really useful when you are developing your program so you don’t waste your batteries.