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CircuitPython for the Nordic nRF52840 bluetooth LE chipset


We published a new guide that will take you through the process of building/compiling CircuitPython for the nRF52840 bluetooth LE chipset. CircuitPython for nRF52840 isn’t even alpha, its pre-alpha! This is for bleeding-edge development and experimentation! Expect things to change, break, and not work as planned, that’s why you’re here 🙂

top sekret

We’re working on the FEATHER version, pictured above from the weekly “ASK AN ENGINEER” show, 48 min, 42 secs in – enjoy!

The Making of Mu – The video!

making of mu

Mu, our favorite editor for Python has a cool “Making Mu” video. Using a tool called gourse, it turned the commit history of Mu’s development on GitHub into a video… “commit history of Mu’s development on GitHub into a video.” – Made With Mu.

News from around the web!

An Introduction to Prototyping Platforms: micro:bit, MicroPython, and PIC/AVR – MakerPro.

Displaying images on OLED screens using 1-bpp images in MicroPython – Make with Python.

Experimental command-line driven Python module to render the contents of a Linux virtual terminal (/dev/tty[1-63]) or standard input onto an e-Paper display – GitHub.

Pythonista is a complete development environment for writing Python scripts on an iPad or iPhone. Lots of examples are included — from games and animations to plotting, image manipulation, custom user interfaces, and automation scripts – App store.

pygame announced an artist in residence grant to support “someone who is already doing stuff with pygame or python in their arts practice”

New Learn Guides!

hallowing lightsabers

HalloWing Lightsabers from John Park

CircuitPython on the nRF52 from Ladyada

Compost Friend! from Isaac Wellish

Crickit Lab Shaker from Ruiz Brothers

Adafruit IO Home: Lights and Temperature from Brent Rubell

Updated Guides – Now With More Python!

You can use CircuitPython on Raspberry Pi! We’re updating all of our CircuitPython guides to show how to wire up sensors to your Raspberry Pi, and load the necessary CircuitPython libraries to get going using them with Python. We’ll be including the updates here so you can easily keep track of which sensors are ready to go. Check it out!

Adafruit IO Basics: Color

Upcoming events!

September 15-19, 2018 is PyCon UK 2018 in Cardiff. draft programme

September 22-23, 2018 is World Maker Faire in New York City. Dan, Kattni and Scott from CircuitPython will be attending. Coordinate with them via Discord.

September 27th, 2018 is Open Source Hardware Summit in Boston. Dan, Kattni and Scott from CircuitPython will be attending. Coordinate with them via Discord.

October 27, 2018. As part of PyCon DE 18 PyLadies and MicroPython will be running a beginner friendly full day hands-on workshop on MicroPython and the Internet of Things – Meetup.

Latest releases

CircuitPython’s stable release is 3.0.1. New to CircuitPython? Start with our Welcome to CircuitPython Guide.

20180830 is the latest CircuitPython library bundle.

v1.9.4 is the latest MicroPython release. Documentation for it is here.

3.7.0 is the latest Python release.


The CircuitPython Weekly Newsletter is a CircuitPython community-run newsletter emailed every Tuesday. It highlights the latest CircuitPython related news from around the web including Python and MicroPython developments. To contribute, edit next week’s draft on GitHub and submit a pull request with the changes. Join our Discord or post to the forum for any further questions.