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Driver for interacting and playing media files with the VS1053 audio codec over a SPI connection.

NOTE: This is not currently working for audio playback of files. Only sine wave test currently works. The problem is that pure Python code is currently too slow to keep up with feeding data to the VS1053 fast enough. There’s no interrupt support so Python code has to monitor the DREQ line and provide a small buffer of data when ready, but the overhead of the interpreter means we can’t keep up. Optimizing SPI to use DMA transfers could help but ultimately an interrupt-based approach is likely what can make this work better (or C functions built in to custom builds that monitor the DREQ line and feed a buffer of data).


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-vs1053

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

sudo pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-vs1053

To install in a virtual environment in your current project:

mkdir project-name && cd project-name
python3 -m venv .venv
source .venv/bin/activate
pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-vs1053

Usage Example

See examples/


API documentation for this library can be found on Read the Docs.

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