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Helper class to work with the Adafruit Bluefruit LE SPI Friend.


This driver depends on:

Please ensure all dependencies are available on the CircuitPython filesystem. This is easily achieved by downloading the Adafruit library and driver bundle.

Installing from PyPI

On supported GNU/Linux systems like the Raspberry Pi, you can install the driver locally from PyPI. To install for current user:

pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-bluefruitspi

To install system-wide (this may be required in some cases):

sudo pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-bluefruitspi

To install in a virtual environment in your current project:

mkdir project-name && cd project-name
python3 -m venv .env
source .env/bin/activate
pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-bluefruitspi

Usage Example

# A simple echo test for the Feather M0 Bluefruit
# Sets the name, then echo's all RX'd data with a reversed packet

import time
import busio
import board
from digitalio import DigitalInOut
from adafruit_bluefruitspi import BluefruitSPI

spi_bus = busio.SPI(board.SCK, MOSI=board.MOSI, MISO=board.MISO)
cs = DigitalInOut(board.D8)
irq = DigitalInOut(board.D7)
rst = DigitalInOut(board.D4)
bluefruit = BluefruitSPI(spi_bus, cs, irq, rst, debug=False)

# Initialize the device and perform a factory reset
print("Initializing the Bluefruit LE SPI Friend module")
bluefruit.command_check_OK(b'AT+FACTORYRESET', delay=1)

# Print the response to 'ATI' (info request) as a string
print(str(bluefruit.command_check_OK(b'ATI'), 'utf-8'))

# Change advertised name

while True:
    print("Waiting for a connection to Bluefruit LE Connect ...")
    # Wait for a connection ...
    dotcount = 0
    while not bluefruit.connected:
        print(".", end="")
        dotcount = (dotcount + 1) % 80
        if dotcount == 79:

    # Once connected, check for incoming BLE UART data
    print("\n *Connected!*")
    connection_timestamp = time.monotonic()
    while True:
        # Check our connection status every 3 seconds
        if time.monotonic() - connection_timestamp > 3:
            connection_timestamp = time.monotonic()
            if not bluefruit.connected:

        # OK we're still connected, see if we have any data waiting
        resp = bluefruit.uart_rx()
        if not resp:
            continue  # nothin'
        print("Read %d bytes: %s" % (len(resp), resp))
        # Now write it!
        print("Writing reverse...")
        send = []
        for i in range(len(resp), 0, -1):

    print("Connection lost.")


Contributions are welcome! Please read our Code of Conduct before contributing to help this project stay welcoming.

Building locally

Zip release files

To build this library locally you’ll need to install the circuitpython-build-tools package.

python3 -m venv .env
source .env/bin/activate
pip install circuitpython-build-tools

Once installed, make sure you are in the virtual environment:

source .env/bin/activate

Then run the build:

circuitpython-build-bundles --filename_prefix adafruit-circuitpython-bluefruitspi --library_location .

Sphinx documentation

Sphinx is used to build the documentation based on rST files and comments in the code. First, install dependencies (feel free to reuse the virtual environment from above):

python3 -m venv .env
source .env/bin/activate
pip install Sphinx sphinx-rtd-theme

Now, once you have the virtual environment activated:

cd docs
sphinx-build -E -W -b html . _build/html

This will output the documentation to docs/_build/html. Open the index.html in your browser to view them. It will also (due to -W) error out on any warning like Travis will. This is a good way to locally verify it will pass.

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